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September 5, 2018
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October 2, 2018

More Than Just A Pretty Picture

TIMEPIECES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS MASTERPIECES. BUT WHEN THE WORLD OF HOROLOGY AND ART COME TOGETHER, THE RESULTS CAN BE TRULY SPECTACULAR

Timepieces and art share a common bond and that both are objects of beauty. Over the years, we’ve seen the world of horology crafting its own masterpieces, utilising a wide variety of traditional art techniques such as enamelling and engraving to enhance a model.  In recent years, several brands have managed to utilise these art forms to great effect, creating timepieces that have become captivating art pieces that are well-deserving of admiration.

TIMEPIECES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS MASTERPIECES. BUT WHEN THE WORLD OF HOROLOGY AND ART COME TOGETHER, THE RESULTS CAN BE TRULY SPECTACULAR

Timepieces and art share a common bond and that both are objects of beauty. Over the years, we’ve seen the world of horology crafting its own masterpieces, utilising a wide variety of traditional art techniques such as enamelling and engraving to enhance a model.  In recent years, several brands have managed to utilise these art forms to great effect, creating timepieces that have become captivating art pieces that are well-deserving of admiration.

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Enamel

2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of 19th century symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler, who is considered one of Switzerland’s best-known artists. In a tribute befitting the artist, Swiss watchmaking maison Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced the Reverso Tribute Enamel, which honours the legendary painter. Each of the three limited edition model features a miniaturised enamel reproduction of one of Holder’s artworks on the reverse side dial of the 3cm x 2cm swivelling case. The dial of the watch also features an intricate woven effect, achieved with the use of a 100-year old guilloché machine.

Breguet Reine de Naples 8958

Inspired by an early bracelet watch A.-L. Breguet created for Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, Queen of Naples, the Reine de Naples collection is widely recognised as one of the finest jewellery timepieces available today. The Breguet Reine de Naples 8958 takes that refinement and sophistication to new levels with this Métiers d’Art offering, featuring a floral dial crafted from sculpted seashells, framed by a white gold case set with white diamonds.

TAG Heuer Connected Modular- Alec Monopoly

Highly-regarded street artist, Alec Monopoly’s partnership with TAG Heuer has created several unique and colourful editions since 2016. The artist’s works has appeared on straps of models as well as dials of the TAG Heuer Formula One Special Edition and the TAG Heuer Connected Modular, which sports a custom digital face created by Monopoly. The limited edition model also comes with an additional white rubber strap painted by the artist himself.

Blancpain and les Métiers d’Art, Shakudō

The ancient Japanese art of Shakudō, which utilises an alloy composed of copper and gold, has been utilised in remarkable fashion by Blancpain in this one-of-a-kind model. The dial features the Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesh, brought to life with Shakudō, engraving and Damascening at the hands of Blancpain’s highly-skilled craftsmen.  Fully respecting the aesthetics of the Villeret collection, each model is housed in a red gold stepped bezel case of 45mm.

Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision Coral Bay

Famous for its highly-complicated movements and its link to the ocean, Ulysse Nardin has combined both elements splendidly with the Freak Vision Coral Bay. Named after the famous snorkelling reef in Western Australia, both editions feature different artistic techniques, such as micro painting and decorative bonding. The latter uses thousands of 24 carat gold threads to create painstakingly delicate patterns like the intricate coral reef motif found on one of the dials.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Enamel

2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of 19th century symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler, who is considered one of Switzerland’s best-known artists. In a tribute befitting the artist, Swiss watchmaking maison Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced the Reverso Tribute Enamel, which honours the legendary painter. Each of the three limited edition model features a miniaturised enamel reproduction of one of Holder’s artworks on the reverse side dial of the 3cm x 2cm swivelling case. The dial of the watch also features an intricate woven effect, achieved with the use of a 100-year old guilloché machine.

Breguet Reine de Naples 8958

Inspired by an early bracelet watch A.-L. Breguet created for Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, Queen of Naples, the Reine de Naples collection is widely recognised as one of the finest jewellery timepieces available today. The Breguet Reine de Naples 8958 takes that refinement and sophistication to new levels with this Métiers d’Art offering, featuring a floral dial crafted from sculpted seashells, framed by a white gold case set with white diamonds.

TAG Heuer Connected Modular- Alec Monopoly

Highly-regarded street artist, Alec Monopoly’s partnership with TAG Heuer has created several unique and colourful editions since 2016. The artist’s works has appeared on straps of models as well as dials of the TAG Heuer Formula One Special Edition and the TAG Heuer Connected Modular, which sports a custom digital face created by Monopoly. The limited edition model also comes with an additional white rubber strap painted by the artist himself.

Blancpain and les Métiers d’Art, Shakudō

The ancient Japanese art of Shakudō, which utilises an alloy composed of copper and gold, has been utilised in remarkable fashion by Blancpain in this one-of-a-kind model. The dial features the Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesh, brought to life with Shakudō, engraving and Damascening at the hands of Blancpain’s highly-skilled craftsmen.  Fully respecting the aesthetics of the Villeret collection, each model is housed in a red gold stepped bezel case of 45mm.

Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision Coral Bay

Famous for its highly-complicated movements and its link to the ocean, Ulysse Nardin has combined both elements splendidly with the Freak Vision Coral Bay. Named after the famous snorkelling reef in Western Australia, both editions feature different artistic techniques, such as micro painting and decorative bonding. The latter uses thousands of 24 carat gold threads to create painstakingly delicate patterns like the intricate coral reef motif found on one of the dials.