MANUFACTURE ROYALE – ADN STREET ART COLLECTION
FROM THE STREET TO THE WRIST
Born in the 1960s, street art is now expanding its pictorial power from the street into new fields, including watchmaking, as can be seen in the new timepiece made by Manufacture Royale: ADN Street Art Collection. This technical, aesthetic and artistic composition highlights a decorative, but little-used art form: transferring painting by means of water or water printing.
A mainly avant-garde technique, this form of painting involves producing a film on the surface of the water with abstract patterns and selected colours. Once the component(s) have been dipped in the water, they are covered in this film, which is permanently printed on them.
The ADN Street Art Collection has no dial, but presents an architectural, three-dimensional and colourful structure. The graphic silhouette of a rectangle placed inside a square, both decorated with a random blend of bright colours (shades of blue, purple, pink, red and yellow), forms the unusual watch face. Two wide, silver stick-shaped hands count down the hours and minutes in the centre, while a flying tourbillon can be seen at 6 o’clock.
The various hour functions are powered by the MR10 calibre, a manual-winding movement designed and developed by Manufacture Royale. The open-work mechanism is on display front and back, and provides 108 hours of autonomy while running at 21,600 vibrations an hour (3Hz). It is housed in a steel case with a diameter of 47mm.
Price: 70,000 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin