Fiona Krüger - Fiona Kruger CELEBRATION SKULL
Fiona Krüger - Fiona Kruger CELEBRATION SKULL

Fiona Kruger CELEBRATION SKULL

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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

Fiona Kruger Skull Watch

The Fiona Kruger Skull Watch from the brand that bears her name, Fiona Kruger Timepieces, was the first in what has proven to be a series of watch models with undeniable client appeal, that has not only included the skull design case models such as the Fiona Kruger Black Skull, the more colourful Watch Fiona Kruger Celebration Skull, and the Fiona Kruger Timepieces “Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity”, but more recent additions such as the Fiona Kruger Chaos and Mechanical Entropy Collection, in addition to a range of mechanical movement clocks produced in association with Epee known as the Vanitas Collection.

What Fiona Kruger, the designer from Scotland was able to do with her Fiona Kruger Skull Watch is remarkable: to forge her own kind of path in a watchmaking world and industry dominated by luxury brands, based on her own fine art background, at the same time building a client base from Switzerland to Mexico, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and the US, Tokyo, London, South Africa, Brazil, Paris and beyond. More than that, the Fiona Skull Watch, and indeed the other subsequent Fiona Kruger Black Skull, colourful Watch Fiona Kruger Celebration Skull, the Fiona Kruger Timepieces “Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity” release just a year or two later, and the more recent additions such as the Fiona Kruger Chaos and Mechanical Entropy Collection have all not only been a different kind of watch, but pieces which represented the designer from Scotland’s own fine art vision and personal story, not least her feel for a particular kind of Scottish history, time spent in South Africa and Mexico, and the impact of seeing Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos) celebration as a child.

So, where did the Fiona Kruger skull watches come from and how was Kruger, a designer from Scotland, able to take the luxury industry by storm with her own kind of watch? Fiona Kruger, born in Scotland, studied at Edinburgh College of Art before commencing a Master’s degree (partly sponsored by Audemars Piguet) as a design student at ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland), later moving to reside in Alsace, Franc. Her time at ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland), research at the manufacture Audemars Piguet (AP), the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva, subsequent training at Hermes and her attraction to the design and artistry of the “Mary Queen of Scots” skull-shaped ‘death head watch’ were to form the artistic inspiration for her original prototype Fiona Kruger Skull Watch. Of course, the skull design (and indeed the ‘skeleton’), a powerful symbol of life and death, had long been a staple component of watchmaking history, Haute Horlogerie, and the wider world of high art.

Feeling a deep artistic connection with the design and artistry of the “Mary Queen of Scots” skull-shaped ‘death head watch’, Fiona Kruger decided to make her mark in the luxury watch industry from ECAL, setting out to produce, in association with the right type of artisan movement design and manufacture, limited edition pieces that would offer the luxury industry a new kind of statement, with the focus on the skull motif throughout the watch case and movement design, whose inspiration came from both the Mexico “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos) celebration and the “Mary Queen of Scots” skull-shaped ‘death head watch’. After a year or two locating exactly the type of industry partner she wanted, including Kari Voutilainen’s dial factory, Fiona Kruger Timepieces were able to launch the first Fiona Kruger limited edition mechanical Skull Watch edition in 2013, followed a year or two later with subsequent skull watch designs including the Black Skull, the colorful Celebration Skull series and the Petit Skull, a limited edition running to just 54 pieces in Stainless Steel, the total of 54 being divided equally between black, blue and silver-coloured pieces, all then, in period of some three years or so. The Scottish designer’s mix of high art and Swiss mechanical movement excellence proved just as worthy as any of the other luxury brands within the Swiss watchmaking industry, with an appeal to an especially wide client base of both women and men, and indeed many have sought to compare Fiona Kruger Timepiece limited edition pieces, whether skull-shaped case watches, such as the Fiona Kruger Black Skull, the more colourful Watch Fiona Kruger Celebration Skull, the Fiona Kruger Timepieces “Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity”, and recent additions such as the Fiona Kruger Chaos and Mechanical Entropy Collection, with items from the more established Swiss luxury brands from the industry and Richemont, Peter Speake-Marin and Faberge.

And so what of the watches themselves, what kind of watch has Fiona Kruger, as designer with a fine art background, been able to offer the Swiss luxury watchmaking industry and the watch (or clock) buying client in Mexico, Hong Kong, Los Angeles in the US, Tokyo, London, South Africa, Brazil, Paris or beyond? The Fiona Kruger Timepieces Petit Skull (Celebration) “Eternity” mechanical movement timepiece, massively colourful addition to the Fiona Kruger Skull Watch collection and Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve Prize nominee, is a perfect example of its kind. Fiona Kruger’s fine art is rendered in this model with an exquisite, hand-painted 3 layer dial, with black PVD coated, SuperLuminova coating and a color palette that embodies the colors of the Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos), with blue for trust, yellow for death itself, red for life, white for purity, pink for celebration, purple for grief, orange for the sun and black for mortality. In the best traditions of the “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos), green is omitted.

With Kruger as the designer of these limited edition pieces, it goes without saying that the Fiona Kruger Timepieces Petit Skull (Celebration) “Eternity” mechanical movement timepiece (with help from Kari Voutilainen’s dial factory) exudes real beauty, a real one of a kind. Perhaps equally as stunning, although displaying a completely different, darker aesthetic, is the Fiona Kruger Black Skull, with the black case and black PVD movement contrasting with the hand polished and Super Luminova treated multilayer dial, hour and minute hands and decor, the SuperLuminova treatment producing a dazzling skull-shaped display after dark. The injection of high art, married with artisan movement manufacture meant that all of these Kruger timepieces very genuinely, in little more than three years at first, found their place alongside established Swiss luxury brands from the watchmaking industry, with many pieces being favourable compared with watches from Richemont, Peter Speake-Marin and Faberge. Of course, the innovation of watch designer Kruger did not stop there, and Fiona Kruger Timepieces as made an equally important kind of contribution to the luxury industry with the Fiona Kruger Vanitas collections of mechanical movement skull-shaped case clocks, with the humorous addition of a yawning jaw to act as power reserve indicator.

While skull-shaped case watch designs have now become commonplace within the luxury watch industry, with many Swiss and other luxury international brands offering a skull case version of their timepieces, the injection once again of fine art into luxury watch design, through her appreciation for both the Mexico “Day of the Dead” (Dia de Los Muertos) celebration and the “Mary Queen of Scots” skull-shaped ‘death head watch’, came from Fiona Kruger Timepieces and her designing a watch to reflect her passions: while her kind of watch and clock is now commonplace, the original is usually the best, and there lies the real value of the Fiona Kruger Timepieces Skull Watch, in all its versions. 

 

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

 

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