Automotive inspired timepieces are nothing new. They have, in fact, become something of a subgenre of watches unto themselves, with no end of stylish racing inspired chronographs and dials that take cues from instrument gauges. Most often, however, these watches that take motorsports or car culture as starting points for a design rely on what many consider the golden age of motorsport, which happens to coincide with a pretty important time period for sports watches: the 1960s. The British brand MHD Watches takes a somewhat different approach, and their newest release, the Type 1, takes inspiration from vehicles of the 1920s, what some would say was a far more inventive period in automotive design.
MHD Watches is the brainchild of Matthew Humphries, who has a background in design at the Morgan Motor Company. Car enthusiasts who are familiar with Morgan will immediately understand the connections between Humphries’ 20s focused watch designs and the car world. Morgan is an historic British automaker with an aesthetic that’s clearly rooted in early 20th century design, and a focus on small batch, handcrafted work that is rare in the auto industry.