This month I discovered Isabel Marant through Net-a-Porter. One of her web collection showcasings brought back similar memories of how a wristwatch can be a signifier for a daughter's time with her father.
Isabel Marant is a young French fashion designer with boutiques in Europe, the United States, the Middle and Far East. In 2012 she created a wristwatch called, A Hand in Time." Her inspiration for it came from her paternal memories:
"A hand in my hand. My father's hand. A hand marked by time, magnificent like childhood memories. A thin wrist encircled by a gold watch, which stays in my memory like an extension of him."
What is particularly noteworthy and laudable about this timepiece is that it represents a global, ethically-based design/production collaboration between Isabel Marant and JEM Process (Jewelery Ethically Minded), also in Paris. The JEM Process is based on a commitment to "transparency of the production chain and full traceability of the raw material" and an eco-responsible sourcing of precious metals, certified Fairmined.
Our parental memories can be so dear. I look forward to reporting more ethical design/production wristwatches coming from collaborations of such exemplary, principled caliber.