When I think of Skulls I envisage Pirates, my high school science lab and the classic song Dem Dry Bones. So often associated with death the imagery of the Skull has never been something I have been into but it seems with the growing interest in Tattoo inspired Art and Mexican traditions the Skull motif is gaining momentum. Over the last couple of years we have seen many major watch companies including Hublot (Sugar Skull), HYT (Skull) and even Richard Mille (Tourbillion Skull) create their version and now more designers are jumping on board and adding their own twist. If I am going to embrace the skull it has to be beautiful and artistic with a creative and feminine vibe. Here are my top three Skulls (in no particular order) that are too sweet to be ignored.
Mr Jones: The last Bloom
I am a massive fan of Mr Jones Watches and their new piece The Last Bloom ticks all the boxes for me to give the Skull a shot. The Edward Carvalho-Monaghan design references the work of William Morris but is recast through a psychedelic prism of brilliant, artificial colour. Edward describes The Last Bloom design: “With the Mexican Day of The Dead in mind, The Last Bloom reminds us that life and death are inextricable bedfellows and we need not labour in darkness, but instead savour the beauty of nature’s transiency”.
What I love about The Last Bloom is the way you read the time, on the Skulls Teeth. The upper teeth show the hours, while the lower teeth show the minutes, it's quirky cool. The watch is powered by a 20 Jewel Automatic Mechanical movement, has a 5ATM water resistancy and is 316L stainless steel, but it is the beautiful hand mixed pad printed colours that are such a stand out. Priced at £195 (approx US$250 / €225) it is available in a limited edition run of 100 pieces exclusively from https://mrjoneswatches.com/
Rose & COY: Art collection skull rose
The Skull Rose by new Australian brand Rose&Coy offers a sophisticated and edgy twist on our Skull. From the Art Series the Skull Rose represents new life (or love) after something has come to a conclusion. New beginnings after an end. Featuring original hand painted pictures commissioned especially for Rose&Coy by Queensland Artist Kane Kolaris (@kanekokaris) the Skull Rose is available in both a 40mm and 34mm case. What I love most about the Skull Rose is the attention to detail in the Roses, they just seem to launch off the dial. This combination of Dior rouge red Roses, a Louboutin inspired Italian leather red soled strap and ultra slim 4.1mm thick case is married together to create a very assured timepiece. With the debut release of Rose&Coy scheduled for July you can get on the waiting list for the Skull Rose by contacting http://www.westendcollection.com.au/ RRP from $239 AU.
Fiona kruger: celebration skull
It would be amiss for me to not include a piece by the Iconic avant-garde Horologist Fiona Kruger in this collection. Kruger is a trail blazer and inspiration to so many Women in the watch industry for her non-traditional take on what a Ladies watch should be. Her CELEBRATION SKULL is a joyful design inspired by the themes of time, mortality and the celebration of life. Taking its cues from the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, each colour used in the design of the watch has a specific meaning pertaining to the celebration. Blue means trust, yellow means death, red means life, white is purity, pink is celebration, purple means grief, orange means sun, and black is mortality. The Superluminova details glow in the dark to reveal the iconic skull and the Skull shaped case has a very cool cranium inspired opening through which you can see the amazing Swiss Mechanical Automatic movement. Produced as a limited edition of 24 pieces and valued at 25,000CHF (@ $36,000 AU) this is truly an inspirational timepiece. You can learn more about the world of Fiona Kruger at http://www.fionakrugertimepieces.com/