Fiona Krüger - BLACK SKULL Watch
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Fiona Krüger - BLACK SKULL Watch

BLACK SKULL Watch

Fiona Krüger
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BLACK SKULL Watch, Limited Edition of 12 pieces

BLACK SKULL Watch, 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 BLACK SKULL watch is a darker interpretation of the theme of mortality in horlogery, whilst still 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, all of which informed Fiona’s original SKULL design. 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 second timepiece, BLACK SKULL, the use of black and white colours give the watch a more graphic look. In this monochromatic design Fiona uses black PVD surface treatment and Superluminova decoration on the movement, dial and hands. The layers of the dial make up the form of a skull, mirroring the aesthetics of the movement underneath, whilst the Superluminova decoration brings the details of the watch to life in the dark. Each watch is decorated and assembled by hand resulting in a unique timepiece rich in tradition, know how and symbolism.

 

Technical specifications

Technical Specifications

 

Case material & colour:  Hand-polished Stainless Steel 316N with black PVD coating

 

Case size: 57.4 x 41.3 mm (length x width), 10.3mm high

 

Glass: Saphire

 

Colour and style of dial: 3 layered dial in stainless steel 316N with hand-painted Superluminova décor

Layer 1: Hand-polished stainless steel and Superluminova décor

Layer 2: Shotblasted stainless steel with black PVD treatment and Superluminova décor

Layer 3: Hand-finished stainless steel with circular graining, Rhodium plating and Superluminova décor

 

Hands: Skeletonised polished steel with Superluminova detail

 

Movement: Mechanical Manual wind movement with custom black PVD treated bridges and a 5 day power reserve, TT718

 

Buckle: Steel pin buckle with black PVD treatment

 

Bracelet: Hand-stitched black 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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