Fiona Krüger - Skull by Fiona Krüger
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Fiona Krüger - Skull by Fiona Krüger

Skull by Fiona Krüger

Fiona Krüger

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SKULL Watch, Stainless steel, Limited Edition of 12 pieces

“…the Skull has survived decades of cultural and creative revolution as the ultimate symbol of life, death and human experience”- Faye Dowling – The Skull Book

 

Fiona Krüger’s Skull watches re-interpret the theme of mortality in horlogery, drawing inspiration from the 17th century skull watch of Mary Queen of Scots, the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and beautifully decorated skeleton movements found in today’s luxury watches. Fiona is herself from Scotland and spent 3 years living in Mexico as a child. Her poetic approach to watchmaking stems from her fine art background, design training and international upbringing, resulting in emotive watches which integrate Art with “Swiss Made” craftsmanship and technology.

 

Her contemporary timepieces highlight the values of watchmaking by drawing our attention to the watch movement - the heart of any timepiece which is so often hidden. With a passion for craftsmanship and tradition she develops each of her watches with a desire to highlight the skills involved in their making, resulting in highly detailed and intricate designs. Fiona works with specific artisans to create her watches, from Swiss watchmakers for the movements to local leather craftsmen for the straps.

 

In her statement timepiece, SKULL, the layers of the dial make up the form of a skull, mirroring the aesthetics of the movement underneath. Each watch is decorated and assembled by hand resulting in a unique timepiece rich in tradition, know how and symbolism.

Technical specifications

Case :
  • Case material & colour:  Hand-polished Stainless Steel 316N
  • Case size: 57.4 x 41.3 mm (length x width), 10.3mm high
  • Glass: Saphire
Dial :
  • Colour and style of dial: 3 layered dial in stainless steel 316N with hand-painted gold lacquer décor
  • Layer 1: Hand-polished stainless steel and gold-lacquer décor
  • Layer 2: Shotblasted stainless steel with Rhodium plating and gold-lacquer décor
  • Layer 3: Hand-finished stainless steel with circular graining, Rhodium plating and gold-lacquer décor
  • Hands: Blue galvanized brass
Movement :
  • Mechanical Manual wind movement with 5 day power reserve, TT718
Strap :
  • Buckle: Steel pin buckle
  • Bracelet: Hand-made blue calf leather

Who's who

Memento Mori: a killer design

 

Could Chronopassion be engaging in a bit of playful skull-duggery with us? The Rue St Honoré store now brings a lighter side to the darker side of life – or death. To do so, Laurent Picciotto has invited a new high-class guest to join him – Fiona Krüger.

She may be a new arrival in watchmaking, but not at all in design, where this adventuress of the high seas is in the vanguard – a Scot at heart, South African by adoption, Mexican by inspiration and now, showcaser of Swiss mechanisms!

I’d had her on my radar for a while,” confides Laurent Picciotto. “To begin with, I just put a Like on her Facebook page. Fiona noticed it and approached me at Baselworld, where I saw her work first-hand. That was when we started really getting down to business.”

Skullfully done

Why so much interest in a new “skull” watch? Simply because in this instance, we’re not just talking about a pattern on the dial: the watch itself is a skull, the shape embodied by the movement in three dimensions. Fiona Krüger has pushed this hallowed deathly design approach to the limits by creating a watch whose entire case and movement are sculpted as a skull.

And so we have a design based on the movement – and vice versa,” concludes Laurent Picciotto. “It’s a completely new idea – the watch is perfectly produced and demonstrates that Fiona’s by no means short of ideas. Her Memento Mori delivers in a way that’s both completely new and very well thought-out.”

Chronopassion has just taken delivery of the first two of these watches. Others will follow – a very limited edition of twelve numbered watches. Come and take a look while you can at Rue St Honoré – you’ll love them to death !

Journalist : Olivier Müller ( june 2014)

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