Marc Newson

While his digital heart may lie with Apple, the award-winning industrial designer finds his love of mechanical complexity reflected in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Memovox

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It was surely no coincidence that just days before Apple unveiled its highly anticipated smartwatch, the tech giant announced that Marc Newson was joining its design team – while the leading industrial designer is celebrated for ultra-chic creations that range from kitchen stoves and bicycles to aircraft and yacht interiors, what really makes him tick is watches. In the mid-1990s the award-winning Australian designer founded the watch company Ikepod, and he has also created luxury watches for Jaeger-LeCoultre, such as the Memovex Tribute to Deep Sea that he customised in red for the (RED) Auction in aid of The Global Fund to Fight Aids.


Indeed, so much is Newson a fan of the Memovex range, he was interviewed by Nick Foulkes for How To Spend It’s 20th anniversary edition on his passion for the model, and a Master Memovex is now being auctioned for How To Spend It’s 20th anniversary in aid of Save the Children. The online sale, hosted by Christie’s, is now live and ends on Thursday December 11. Bidding starts from £2,600 at For more information, visit our How To Give It page.

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