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Article: Top 5 Watches Inspired By Art – The Fusion of Art and Watchmaking

richard mille rm 68-01 tourbillon cyril kongo

Top 5 Watches Inspired By Art – The Fusion of Art and Watchmaking

Watches and art have long been intertwined, with many watchmakers drawing inspiration from various forms of art to create timepieces that are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. From street art to the ancient masters, the art world has provided a rich source of inspiration for watchmakers and us at Charles Simon alike, in creating pieces that are both technical marvels and works of art.

In this article, we'll explore the top 5 watches inspired by art, each one a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of watchmaking.

Richard Mille RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo

The Richard Mille RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo is a masterpiece of haute horlogerie and art. The case of this watch has been painted by the French street artist Cyril Kongo, known for his vibrant and abstract style. Each case is a unique work of art, hand-painted with precision and care. The watch also features a flying tourbillon, a power reserve of up to 50 hours, and a case made of NTPT carbon. It's a watch that is both a technical marvel and a true work of art.

It is this blend of artistry and technical knowhow that directed us at Charles Simon in the development of our Hudson Watch stand. The sleek lines and refined aesthetics of this minimalist watch stand draw inspiration from contemporary art to create a product that serves as both a functional watch display for 1 to 3 watches and a sculptural piece to enhance your home interior.

In that manner, the Hudson Watch Stand is an embodiment of the link between art and watches and a testament to the power of art to inspire and elevate even the most functional objects in our lives.

Nomos Tangente

Bauhaus is the design philosophy that spearheaded the minimalist, form follows function approach and continues to inspire artists and designers to this day.

One example of this is the Nomos Tangente collection, known as the quintessential Bauhaus watch, due to its clean and minimalist design. The Nomos Tangente features a white silver-plated dial, blue hands and typography inspired by the Bauhaus movement. The watch is powered by the in-house Nomos Alpha movement, which has a power reserve of up to 43 hours. It's a watch that combines the principles of art and design with precise and reliable watchmaking.

The Nomos Tangente is perfectly accompanied by the Hudson Watch stand in dusty blue, as the stand’s soft Nubuck color complements the Tangente’s blue hands and the watch stand’s overall minimalist design completely correlates with the timepiece’s Bauhaus aesthetic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT is a watch inspired by the work of contemporary artist Theo Jansen. Jansen creates kinetic sculptures known as "strandbeests", which are powered by the wind. The watch features a titanium case, a blue dial, and a flying tourbillon. In addition, it has a GMT function, allowing the wearer to keep track of two time zones at once. It's a watch that is both visually stunning and technically impressive, which makes it the perfect timepiece to put on the matching Hudson Watch stand in grey.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai ‘Amida Falls’

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai ‘Amida Falls’ is a watch that pays tribute to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai. The watch features a hand-painted enamel dial, depicting the 'Amida Falls' scene from Hokusai's famous '36 Views of Mount Fuji' series. The watch also has a reversible case, allowing the wearer to flip the watch over to reveal a second time zone or a personalized engraving.

The timepiece’s nature-themed dial is brought out beautifully on the Hudson Watch stand in sage. The two come together with their organic color palette to create an oasis of calm in any home interior.

Vacheron Constantin x Métiers d'Art Tribute to Great Civilisations Lion de Darius

The intersection of art and wristwear has given luxury watch brands a new platform to showcase their craftsmanship and push the boundaries of rarity. This has led to collaborations such as the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art series, featuring intricate dials inspired by the Louvre museum. The series represents a beautiful and profound fusion of art and watchmaking. What sets these watches apart is the painstaking hand-finishing that goes into every single piece, making them true works of art. With the Lion de Darius, time-telling becomes an almost secondary function as the dial, which depicts a lion hunt scene from the palace of Darius I as an homage to the ancient Persian civilization, is alluring and captivating beyond its practical purpose. The hundreds of hours of craftsmanship invested in assembling the miniature turquoise tiles viewed through four rhomboid windows make this watch the ultimate expression of Haute Horlogerie.

Just like it is extremely important for museum curators to consider how to display their art pieces, the showcasing of timepieces should be a vital concern for watch lovers. The Hudson Watch stand in Caramel allows watches to stand out amidst your home with elegant refinement. 

In conclusion, watches are not only technically impressive objects, but also stunning works of art. Whether you're a fan of contemporary art, minimalist design, or ancient civilizations, there's a watch out there that is sure to capture your heart. And since art works deserve equally sophisticated showcasing, our Hudson Watch stands are the perfect complementary piece for your watches. From minimalist monochrome to bold colorways, there is a Hudson to fit all styles.

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Written by Elizabeth Hanisch

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