Last year we worked with Onorio D’Epiro to create “The Watchful Ones”, a collection of five playful monster watches, all with their own unique characteristics.
Onorio has kindly shared with us the process of designing such a unique collection and how his designs have evolved!
After an initial meeting Crispin (Mr Jones) to discuss the collection, it didn’t take Onorio long to start the creative process.
On the train home from the meeting, Onorio began sketching his ideas...
Onorio’s initial designs show an emphasis on using the eyes of the monster to tell the time.
The next step was to experiment with the design digitally, looking at colours and how the watch would work mechanically.
The first test watch was then designed to experiment with the hour and minute discs using the monster's eyes to read the time.
Onorio then began refining the designs of the monsters themselves, making sure each had an individual personality and story.
In the images below, you can see the process behind designing 'Chomi' and 'Duff the Gruff' two monsters that were part of the final collection.
The designs were then tested to ensure the layered elements worked together, and that the watches complement each other as a collection.
One of the last steps of the design process was to ensure the watch parts and mechanisms worked perfectly with the design.
The final step for Onorio was to design a logo for the case back, he experimented with many ideas to symbolise the collection.
Here are the final characters Onorio designed.
And the final watch collection...Which monster was your favourite design from 'The Watchful Ones' collection?