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Franck Dubarry is sparking a revolution with its blend of two Latin American art trends on its GMT dials.

Franck Dubarry drew inspiration from Latin America to design its Revolution GMT, specifically Argentina and Mexico’s fileteado and calaveras.

Fileteado argentino is a late 20th century painting style which is part of the porteño cultural heritage (name for people living in and around Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital). At the start these designs featured wooden horse carts bursting with colour and flora and fauna, famous and religious characters, banners with Gothic lettering and plays on perspective. They gradually took over Buenos Aires appearing everywhere from colectivos (old round buses driving through the city), clothes and everyday items to walls and buildings without ever being seen as street art but more a local art trend.

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Mexico lies a few thousand miles from cono Sur and its rich cultural heritage is better known in Europe than fileteado: calaveras and the Day of the Dead, an annual festival celebrating dead people with a profusion of decorative skulls.

Both creative styles come in colour or monochrome on the dial of Franck Dubarry’s Revolution GMT. The patterns are painted then applied to the dial and feature friezes, plants and a grinning skull. Two openwork hands in the centre track the hours and minutes with a central seconds hand and date with hand for the second time zone. The date display appears at 3 and is fuelled by the self-winding ETA 2893-2 calibre in the 43mm rose gold or titanium case engraved with curls and topped with a carbon or diamond bezel.

Price: 7,500 CHF (titanium) – 20,500 CHF (rose gold) – 32,300 CHF (rose gold and diamond)

By Sharmila Bertin

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