WHITEOUT: Paris jeweler Chaumet has teamed up with Italian artist Loris Cecchini to create a limited edition watch inspired by his aquatic creations.
Given carte blanche, Cecchini chose to reinterpret Chaumet’s bestselling Class One ladies’ dive watch with a dial and strap bearing a motif inspired by his piece “Wallwave vibration,” which captures the forms and movements of water.
The white watch features a lacelike mother-of-pearl dial on a satin-finished steel background. The wave motif overlaps on the white calfskin strap. The stainless steel case is set with 38 brilliant-cut diamonds and engraved Chaumet Paris.
The quartz timepiece and two additional bracelets are housed in a sculpted white box with a removable casing that doubles as a sculpture. Cecchini said he was interested in using technology in his work, which often relies on software and borrows concepts from architecture and engineering.
“I think that technology is a part of our landscape, it’s a part of our culture, so when I met them and I learned how a watch is done, I learned a lot of things in terms of reduction, thickness and space,” he said. “It’s a monochromatic piece but if you move it, you have the colors inside and this is fantastic.”
Cecchini has previously collaborated with a host of fashion brands, customizing the Lady Dior and Fendi Baguette bags for exhibitions and creating installations for the Bulgari hotel in Milan and the Chanel Mobile Art pavilion, among others.
“Usually the invitation [from fashion brands] is very welcome, also because you can work easily in terms of production,” he said. “Compared with museums and galleries, this kind of relationship is different and gives you a lot of freedom. You’re not restricted necessarily in your own world.”
The watch will be sold in a limited edition of 300, priced at 6,800 euros, or $7,700 at current exchange. It will be launched with an event on March 11 together with an exhibition of Cecchini’s work at the Chaumet store on Place Vendôme.
“To have a show in this place is quite strange, but today the places for art are changing,” he said. The show will feature one of his original “Wallwave vibration” pieces alongside a large installation consisting of 1,500 steel modules. “It will be a sort of large jewel for the shop,” Cecchini said.