A veritable “work of art for the wrist”, the new RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo watch will make horological history. For the first time ever, a street artist has transferred his universe of the tremendously large to the heart of a watch movement.
Cyril Kongo, born in 1969, is a self-made man and artist, who launched himself to the top of the French artistic and cultural world. Hist mastery of the discipline has established him as one of the legendary, major representatives of the world’s graffiti scene. Over the course of time, he has developed and expanded his artistic vision and approach cumulating in a fully articulate artistic maturity not defined merely by graffiti. Inspired by frescos and wall paintings, he has transformed the graffiti as a genre.
Kongo: “I come from graffiti. All my work originates there. It was my school for painting, I learned in the street. I need to remain in touch with that world while at the same time looking at what’s happening elsewhere. Graffiti is a language with its own codes, a form of writing, whether this be on a gigantic wall, on canvas, or any other surface. I am not a painter bound to a single space, nor to any particular surface.”
A chance encounter with Richard Mille led to the idea of an artistic project, marking Kongo’s first foray into the world of haute horlogerie. The limited edition RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo is a series of art works: each watch was individually taken in hand by the artist with micro spray painting tools in order to make each timepiece unique. It took the development of special tools, and over a year of experimentation for Kongo in order to be capable of painting on a watch some five centimeters square.
On the back of the watch we see the central form of the tourbillon movement’s baseplate radiating outwards like a splash of paint physically thrown against a wall, while from the front the different movement bridges can be seen arcing in different directions like the wild brushstrokes found in street art murals.
Housed within a case comprising an NTPT Carbon caseband with black ceramic bezels, the asymmetric case design tapers in two directions – in thickness from 9 to 3 o’clock and in height between 12 and 6 o’clock.
The RM 68-01 combines contemporary mechanical and visual arts in a truly exceptional expression of 21st century timekeeping.
This watch is limited to 30 pieces worldwide.