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Mill Project came about when two friends, Tom Kirkman and Jarred Shirley from Edinburgh, grew discontented in their jobs at a design agency. Frustrated by their inability to express their full creative potential, they decided to embark on their own project together. Countless discussions and ideas later, the pair finally decided on creating a wristwatch; an everyday product that they could leave their own mark on. Launched earlier this year, the Nelson Series is the first of their designs under the Mill Project banner.

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The Nelson Series

The Nelson Series offers a simple, understated watch design in two colourways. Different components in the piece, like the calf leather strap and stainless steel case, come together really nicely to form the watch. Scratch resistant mineral glass covers a clean white dial and three hands. Second, minute, and hour indicators are cleverly displayed as small lined marks on the outer edge of the dial. There’s little branding on the watch’s face, save for a tiny ‘M’ at 6 o’clock. This is a nice touch and keeps the face from looking too busy. Functionality wise, it features a Swiss ETA 802.102 movement and offers 3 ATM water resistance. The watch is available in either a black leather strap and brushed stainless steel case iteration, or tan leather strap and black PVD coated case.

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The Nelson Series was inspired by pioneering American industrial designer George Nelson. Not so much influenced by his style, but more in his approach to design. That is, creating products with people in mind. This has allowed the watch to be a truly versatile and wearable piece. Both colourways would work really well for daily wear. Their neutral and simple aesthetic makes them easy to style with casual outfits, plus they’d look nice dressed up too.

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The two designers behind Mill Project have been meticulous when it comes to the details of the Nelson Series – even down to its packaging. The watches come beautifully displayed in minimal monochrome slide-out boxes; ideal complements to the understated watch design.

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