I leave it on in the rain and while I’m washing the dishes, I take it off for a shower, five-a-side football, and when I’m painting the walls of the house. Gully, a street artist and friend of the brand Jeanrichard, keeps his watch on while he’s working, and so one day “he found that the watch had splashes of paint all over it, and suddenly the idea came for a collaboration,” as Bruno Grande, Managing Director of Jeanrichard said. The result is three series of Graphiscope watches, each limited to 25 pieces, with dials and straps splashed with paint. The result is visually interesting, a contrast between the precision engineering of a watch and the unpredictability of flinging paint around. The dial and strap decoration is printed.
The Graphiscope watch costs about €2,300.
The collaboration between artists and watches took full flight from the 1970s when Swatch watches featured the work of Kiki Picasso, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Folon, Mimmo Paladino, Nam June Paik, Akira Kurosawa, Moby and many other artists. Click here to read another article on the Terrascope. Find out more Jeanrichard news on jeanrichard.com
Below, a painting by Gully, with references to works by other artists such as Maurizio Cattelan (the stiff-finger sculpture), the balloon dog by Jeff Koons, the diamond-encrusted skull by Damien Hirst, and others, all on the backdrop of the Stock Exchange building in Milan: