What is art? Centuries ago, art was inextricably linked to such disciplines as arithmetic, geometry, rhetoric, dialectics, astronomy, grammar, and music. A lot has changed since then, including our perception of art. Today, art is a diverse range of human activities aimed at producing something for the aesthetic value. These include sculpture, painting, poetry, film, theater, performing arts, street art, architecture, music, and many more. Fine watchmaking can be called an art too, and for a good reason: luxury watches are created not only to tell the time but also to be appreciated for their beauty and intricate design. There are even special museums dedicated to the art of watchmaking. So, let’s take a closer look at some stunning examples of fine watches with original designs.
Luxury Watches That Are True Works of Art
Richard Mille RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo
The RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo created by Richard Mille in collaboration with the street artist Cyril Kongo is really a ‘work of art for the wrist.’ In this limited edition model, almost everything, from the complicated tourbillon movement to the dial and external elements, is hand-painted by the artist in his unique graffiti style.
Corum Bubble 47 Elisabetta Fantone
The Bubble 47 Elisabetta Fantone is another artistic collaboration, this time between Corum and the multifaceted Canadian artist Elisabetta Fantone who created a distinctively beautiful design for the iconic Bubble model. As you can see, the dial of this colorful luxury watch features Fantone’s original painting inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is one more example of luxury watches that can be rightfully called works of art. This complicated minute repeater is distinguished by its exceptionally refined sound recorded by the famous French musician and electro DJ Benoit Heitz, who is best known as Surkin.
Photo courtesy of Richard Mille, Corum, Audemars Piguet