Once upon a time, at Seattle Redbar…
While meeting up with my fellow watch enthusiasts at RedBar Seattle, I was able to catchup with Matt Zinski. Matt is a classically trained architect, founder of Typsim Watches based in Seattle, Washington, and a friend of ours in the #watchfam.
As an architect and watch collector, Matt's classically trained eye for form and function, design, and his hands-on attitude in doing anything he explores are deeply rooted in his watch design and materials within Typsim watches. Combine that with his passion for vintage watches, and their patina today, and you have the perfect storm of what Typsim is founded on.
On the episode we chat about Typsim's start, it’s watch models, including a diver watch not yet released, the newly announced a field watch (The Guide), and I get to pick his brain as to what he has in store for his Seattle watch brand.
If you are new to Typsim, a hallmark to the brand is Matt’s commitment to using materials that age gracefully allowing wearers to form a unique connection between their timepieces and a wearer’s lifestyle. They are a completely modern manufactured watch, but designed gracefully to patina like vintage watches of the past. Matt discusses his experimental approach to luminescence, designing a new lume composite that will age uniquely to UV exposure and time, like vintage watches once did. He isn’t stopping there, we also hear about some of his other material design plans he is experimenting with (hint, not bronze, but something equally interesting and historic to watch case design).