Sunshine Coast designer Josh Squire is just 19, but he’s challenging us to leave our phones in our pockets and regain a sense of freedom with his unique, single-handed Halley Watches.
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We caught up with Josh to find out more about his watches, and his quirky world record!
Hey Josh! Tell us about yourself and your life on the Sunshine Coast
My name is Josh Squire, I’m 19 and live in Noosa. I spend my days working at my job as a tennis coach, and in every piece of spare time I work on my dream – Halley Watch Co. Oh, and I surf a bit! I have always been fascinated by watches, I love minimalist design, and I love space! Which is why my startup watch company is named after a famous comet!
What was the ‘lightning bolt moment’ that saw the creation of Halley Watches?
My underlying love for minimalism, design, watches and space have always been there. But the moment the idea “clicked” so to speak, was when I was backpacking alone through Belize, a small country in Central America, last year. The people I met there really changed my perspective of time. They were so incredibly laid back and relaxed, and not once did anyone ever refer to minutes, or a specific time. It was always “soon” or “in a little while.” At the most random moment, as I sat at the back of a rickety old bus, it hit me. Why do we even work in minutes? I sure don’t need to know that it is 3:07, and not 3:08.
“Why do we even work in minutes? I sure don’t need to know that it is 3:07, and not 3:08.”
Don’t even get me started on the seconds hand! And it clicked! There are no rules in life – you can do whatever you want! I didn’t have to design a watch in the same way everyone else does! I quickly drew up a single handed watch, and I loved it! So simple, and so unique.
Tell us a little more about the unique single-handed design
The unique design sees a single hand in the centre of a large face. It’s super easy to tell the time – if the hand points to the fifth hour mark – it’s five o’clock. If it’s half way between the 5th and 6th marks, it’s 5:30, and so on. It’s faster to read than a watch with two hands, and is a much bigger talking point! I designed the hand to resemble the shape of Halley’s comet, and made sure that the hand does not cross the hour marks! That simple mistake leads to watches looking very messy and claustrophobic – I really dislike that! It amazes me how many companies still do it. I however, wanted a very clean look.
If you could sum up Halley Watches in three words, what would they be?
Minimalistic. Unique. Very-stunningly-beautiful.
“It might take a day or two to retrain your brain but you’ll love the simplicity and uncomplicated style of Halley.”
Let’s be honest, were you a constant time checker before Halley?
Yep. For sure. Isn’t everyone nowadays? And not just that, but notifications, emails, social media. Ever went to check the time and got stuck on Facebook? All of a sudden you’ve lost 15 minutes? To be fair, any watch at all will help solve this. But Halley takes it further. The entire point of Halley is to change your perspective of time. Time is a made up construct – and it’s too fast. I want you to slow down, to not be rushed. Ferris Bueller said it best – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”
Who would you most like to see wearing one of your watches?
Filip Tysander – that would be hilarious!
You’re doing such incredible things at 19-years-old. What’s next for you and Halley?
Thanks! I don’t really plan, you see, it’s the Halley way. I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can to further Halley, and just go wherever time takes me.
What inspires you?
Other people. I love reading and listening to stories about how a person built something from nothing with a simple idea and hard work. Genghis Khan, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Filip Tysander.
Your favourite Sunshine Coast spot to unwind?
Surfing in heavy rain at Tea Tree Bay is probably my favourite thing to do in the whole world.
Something people may not know about you?
I am a former world record holder – I wore 19 hats on my head while riding a bicycle! But yes, somebody did go on to beat my record.