25th Mar 2014
A Skull Skeleton Watch That Tells More Than the Time
We love skulls. We will love them long after they will have faded from graphic tees and tennis shoes. Why? Skulls are actually joyously rich in spiritual and familial symbolism and in fact are not the heavy metal omen of death often associated with them.
When we discovered an exciting new watch concept in the design and shape of a skull, featuring a true skeleton watch movement, we flipped and immediately contacted Fiona Kruger, the designer who currently resides in France.
For a bit of history about the origins of the skeleton watch, See: “Skeleton watches: Less is More“.
We love jewelry that is fresh with some sort of story to tell, but that’s not enough. It has to be beautifully original whether an old or new piece. It has to make us tingle and day dream a little. It has to have that magnetic gotta-have-it-now kind of feeling. Fiona’s watch is all that and more. It’s a modern skeleton watch that captures the craftsmanship and attention to detail that rivals watches of old world European luxury.
Behold Fiona’s watch. It has taken three years from design to completed manufacturing.
Fiona is a trained luxury designer with a Masters in the design and luxury industry from Ecole Cantonale D’Art de Lausanne and she is passionate about watches. Her family travelled and lived in different locations internationally including: England, Scotland and Mexico.
While living in Mexico when she was ten years old Fiona was able to observe, first hand, the Day of the Dead, the “Dia de los Muertos,” celebration and it made a lasting impression. This is a traditional Mexican custom where families believe a beloved, deceased, family member comes back to visit them for a day. Shrines with handmade knitted pieces, flowers and food are made to commemorate the family member and to receive them joyfully during their return.
In our conversation Fiona recalled …”all these guys selling hand painted skulls and ornaments, lamps and textiles with lots of vivid personality and color. It’s all based on the notion that death isn’t the end it’s another part of the journey.”
Rock of Eden has written several pieces on aspects of infinity and we believe the skull is another symbolic dimension of immortality. While the skull is often thought of as a symbol of death, it is actually life affirming. So what a masterful stroke for Fiona to make a skeletonized skull watch that reminds us that life is a constant journey, in many forms.
Fiona spent considerable time evaluating materials and finishes for the watch before embarking on a two year process to secure the right journeymen for the various specialty jobs. She was also greatly influenced by shapes she noted at the Patek Philippe Museum. When asked if watches are still relevant in the age of digital technology, Fiona comments “the watch is a poetic way of working with what we know. It makes you day dream.”
Features we especially like in Fiona’s creation are:
The actual shape and rendering of the skull itself – it’s not foreboding or dark
The hand painted gold touches on the steel
The three layer dial (she concepts design through the layering and patterns)
The use of the blue color on the dial
The complementary blue watch strap
An unusual feature of the watch is that it has a five day power reserve.
What a great innovation for a manual wind up watch!
We love to ask our friends, colleagues and designers what kind of jewelry they keep in their jewelry box – not surprisingly Fiona’s personal collection has several unique pieces, rich in cultural heritage, highlighted below.
Fiona believes U.S. jewelry designers often over think their jewelry (we agree). She loves the way the Masaii people wear their jewelry which is especially interesting to us because our stacking gold infinity rings were in fact inspired from a trip I took to Africa where I fell in love with the way women layered their necklaces and bracelets. Fiona said it best: “There is no reasoning to their jewelry. It is part of their culture. It’s no fuss…all heart and beautiful and cool.”