measuring space and time

February 17, 2012  in new finds, vintage finds

Uniform watch by Sania Pell

I didn’t wear a watch the whole way through writing, making, styling and shooting my new book and it bugged me. I like to glance at my wrist and see how I’m doing for time and the strap had broken on my old one a while ago. I know I have a clock on my phone but when your hands are covered in wet paint or filled with needles/buttons/pen or camera then it’s just not the same. I love the simplicity of a watch strapped to your wrist that you can simply turn and glance at, with no buttons to push or codes to enter. So after I’d finished my book and handed everything over to my publisher I looked for a new one. I found this one whilst browsing in SCP, a favourite furniture and lifestyle shop of mine in East London. I bought a it as a gift to myself for finishing my book.

Uniform watch by Sania Pell

It is large and a definite statement piece on my wrist, like a practical piece of jewellery, and I have had lots of lovely comments whilst wearing it. I love its classic yet contemporary feel, the graphic quality, the grey of its face, the natural warm brown of the leather strap, the practicality of not having to wind it up and the date there in a little square.

It is a British-designed 200 Series watch by Uniform Wares, an exciting, young and stylish company, and their varied range come in many different faces, colour and strap combinations. You can get them at SCP and also from Uniform themselves.

vintage ruler by Sania Pell

vintage ruler by Sania Pell

vintage rulers by Sania Pell

Uniform watch by Sania Pell

I photographed it alongside some of my other favourite graphic implements of measurement– a selection of vintage rulers. I bought them over time at car boot sales, flea markets and one we even discovered under the floorboards of our home whilst renovating.

Now every time I check the time I think fondly and it reminds me of my book, the reward at the end of five months hard work.


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  1. allesistgut says:

    What a beautiful watch. Love your photos and the old rulers! 🙂
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. Your mind must never be still………..!
    Fabulous as usual……………..

    Tania Maree xx

  3. I really like your blog:)Great pics and so much inspiration…I wish you a lovely weekend.
    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis

  4. Mimi says:

    Love yuor blog. Your images are beautiful. I tagged you. Please visit my blog for more info. Thanks!

  5. Toni says:

    Love your watch and for be its now between a Uniform and a Arne Jacobsen watch.

  6. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you everybody!

    @Toni – sounds like a tough decision! You could also try Max Bill’s designs from Junghans which are lovely (my husband has one) and I’ve also just seen that Muji has a great budget alternative.


  7. That is such a nice watch! I wouldn’t mind one myself. Actually the one I have at the moment is by Alessi and is not that dissimilar in terms of style but I prefer the colours of your one. Carla

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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