From Sketch to Skull: Introducing Fiona Kruger’s Unique Take on Time (Video)

The layered dial and skeletonized movement of the Fiona Kruger Skull watch make it very complex and alluring.

The layered dial and skeletonized movement of the Fiona Kruger Skull watch make it very complex and alluring.

Skull watches are not new. Timepieces inspired by the macabre go back centuries. Howerver, Fiona Krüger Timepieces — with the statement piece being a   skull  —   bring a new dimension to the mix. The statement watches from this Scottish born designer (who lived a few years in Mexico as a child) re-interpret the theme of mortality in horlogerie, drawing inspiration from the 17th century skull watch of Mary Queen of Scots, the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and more.

The gold decor on the 3 layers of the dial is hand-painted by Mme Benoit, who has been decorating watches for numerous well known brands for years.

The gold decor on the 3 layers of the dial is hand-painted by Mme Benoit, who has been decorating watches for numerous well known brands for years.

Kruger’s watches — while inspired by the dark side and history – are decidedly contemporary and highlight the watch movement as the hero. In her statement timepiece, Skull, Kruger resorts to a layering of the dial to form the skull, and to skeletonizing the movement beneath to show it off in all its glory. The Skull’s hand-decorated 3-layer dial mirrors the aesthetics of the movement underneath, highlighting the mechanical aspect of the watch. It is a powerful statement of design and drama. One need only watch the video below of Kruger drawing out the skull movement to fully understand the depth and dimension of this watch.

The intricate detailing is done by hand by atiliers in Switzerland.

The intricate detailing is done by hand by atiliers in Switzerland.

With a passion for craftsmanship and tradition she develops each of her watches with a desire to highlight details and intricate designs. Kruger works with specific artisans ranging from Swiss watchmakers to local leather craftsmen to bring her timepieces to fruition.  Each watch is decorated and assembled by hand by Kamber Christian.   This translates to a watch in which each element has been specially made. Hand-made in Switzerland, powered by a mechanical Swiss movement and offering five days of power reserve, the statement Skull watch now offered is being produced in stainless steel in a limited edition of 12 pieces, each retailing for just about $15,000. A Skull Black is also on the way. Stay Tuned.

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