Fiona Krüger - CELEBRATION SKULL
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Fiona Krüger - CELEBRATION SKULL

CELEBRATION SKULL

Fiona Krüger
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30'300 €

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Limited edition : 24 pieces

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“…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

CELEBRATION SKULL is Fiona Krüger’s third time piece, a poetic design inspired by the themes of time, mortality and the celebration
of life. The design for this edition takes its cues from 14th and 17th Century skull horology, the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and beautifully decorated skeleton movements found in today’s luxury watches. 

This watch is produced as a limited edition; each piece is hand-made in Switzerland and powered by a Swiss mechanical automatic movement with skeletonised black bridges and customised oscillating mass. 

CELEBRATION SKULL’s decorative 3-layer dial and case are hand- painted with coloured lacquer and superluminova. Each colour used in the design of the watch has a specific meaning pertaining to the Dia de Los Muertos celebration, whilst the superluminova details glow in the dark to reveal an iconic skull symbol. The incorporation of the date into the design of the dial adds an extra functionality to this colourful piece. 

The watch is encased in a hand-polished stainless steel skull-shaped case with a cranium inspired opening to reveal the back of the movement and decorative oscillating mass. The watch is complimented by a premium hand-made leather wrist-band. 

 

Technical specifications

CELEBRATION SKULL, FKST A

Case material & colour Stainless Steel 316N with specifically designed back opening

Case size 57.4 x 41.3 mm (length x width), 10.9mm thick

Glass Sapphire (front and back) 

Colour of dial & style 3 layered dial in stainless steel 316N with hand-painted décor in in 7 specially selected coloured lacquers and superluminova + new date feature 

Layer 1: Hand-polished stainless steel with black PVD coating, hand painted lacquer and superluminova décor 

Layer 2: Shotblasted stainless steel with Rhodium treatment, hand-painted lacquer and superluminova décor 

Layer 3: Hand-finished with Circular graining (perlage) with Rhodium treatment, hand- painted lacquer and superluminova décor

Hands Blued Steel

Movement Mechanical Automatic movement, TT738 with skeletonised and custom- black PVD coated bridges, customised oscillating mass with skeletonisation, engraving and hand-painting, and custom-made date wheel

Buckle Steel pin buckle

Bracelets Hand-stitched calf leather

 

Colour meanings:

Each colour used in the design of the Celebration Skull has a specific meaning pertaining to the Dia de Los Muertos celebration - the lacquers used in the hand-painting of the decoration were specially selected for this design. The white details are painted in Superluminova and glow in the dark to reveal an iconic skull symbol.

 

White: Purity Blue: Trust Yellow: Death Red: Life Black: Mortality Orange: Sun Pink: Celebration

Purple: Grief

 

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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