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As a part of the ongoing Swatch Art Journey series, the Swiss watchmaker announced five new capsules designed in collaboration with the MoMA, Magritte, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Essentially, the art institutions reimagine famous works from their vast collections as Swatch Gent and New Gent watches. Undoubtedly a marriage of two worlds (art and watchmaking), Swatch sees the collabs as a way of celebrating the world’s greatest artists and a “fresh way to bring more art to people’s lives,” per a press release.
First, we have the MoMA’s Swatch collection, which sees pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s Reverie and Girl pieces translated to simple timepieces — solid straps with the comic art gracing the face.
Set to release on March 16, the MoMA x Swatch drop serves as an ode to the pop artist who would’ve turned the milestone 100 this year.
Next up, Swatch heads to the Magritte museum for a collection naturally centered around works by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. Specifically, the artist’s famed The Son of Man and Treachery of Images receive spin-offs as accessories for the wrist.
Of course, the Magritte didn’t leave out the best part of Treachery of Images (the painting with the pipe): the ironic and famous “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” message — translation: this is not a pipe” — printed on the watch’s strap.
Louvre Abu Dhabi turns the Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, zooming in on the instantly recognizable water wall for an allover print spanning the entire timepiece.
On the other hand, the Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi provides us with the closest chance to owning a Sandro Botticelli, crafting wristwatches based on The Birth of Venus and Allegory of Spring.
Interestingly, the Birth of Venus watch sees Zephyr and Breeze, the gods of winds, earn the star spot (the dial) rather than Venus. Though, I feel like the goddess of love and beauty and the muse of the original painting would’ve made sense on the watch’s face. But hey, what do I know?
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