Rock n Roll Watches
Posted by Paul on 20th Mar 2020
Rock n Roll with Dark Triumph
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All About Rock n Roll Watches To Channel your Inner Rock Star
The spirits of Music and Watchmaking have long been entwined, with ties that go far deeper than that cliché about their shared relationship with keeping time. Rock music isn't an exception, though; the genre's diverse cast of personalities has inspired an equally wide range of timepieces.
It's no secret that musicians tend to gravitate towards watches. In the days of yore, the connection between Music and horology was prevalent. And in modern pop culture, we often hear about rappers and their blinged-out watches. Some of rock & roll's most iconic stars have been acting as a watch collector, plus designing and showing off their prized timepieces, and today, we're going to talk about a few of them.
Before you rush to your Encyclopedia of Popular Music to look up Georges Kern and the bands the drummer has played with, let us tell you that Georges Kern & Aloe Blacc (of Wake Me Up-Avicci fame)has always shown on stage that popular Music continues to be an essential part of watchmaking. Interestingly, apart from being pretty handy on the hi-hat and the snare drum, he is also the CEO of Breitling Watches.
This tells you that it's not unusual for a high-quality mechanical watchmaker to involve itself with classical Music to demonstrate its heritage & sophistication. For example, when the Chagall ceiling at its Palais Garnier home was being restored, the world-famous 265-year-old watch company Vacheron Constantin was a patron of the Opéra National de Paris. And they produced a watch that reproduced the ceiling on the dial. Vacheron Constantin also supported the composition of an opera about famous Geneva citizen Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Interestingly, this is not the only example of patriotism surrounding the musical involvement of world-class Swiss brands. Most of us are familiar with Omega's relationship with James Bond, Cindy Crawford, & George Clooney. Also, one of Bastian Baker's (a Swiss singer, songwriter, and performer. He was coach in the third season of The Voice Belgique) breakthrough appearances came a few weeks after his 20th birthday in 2011, when he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which, as a matter of fact, was sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier.
Each year Parmigiani takes inspiration from the festival's poster and creates men's and women's watches in the Métrographe and Métropolitane models. Very few are made, and some are presented to musicians, whereas a small number are sold. Sometime back, there was an Haute-Horlogerie model too that had a marquetry dial depicting an acoustic guitar and was designed around a tourbillon, which appeared in the soundhole.
Now, Parmigiani began sponsoring the Montreux Jazz Festival almost 13 years ago, which is also the time that Eric Clapton bought a Patek Philippe 2499. And this wasn't just any 2499; it was actually executed in platinum in 1987, only two years after the model had officially been discontinued. Further, Clapton sold it at auction in 2012, where it fetched over $3.5m. Its extreme rarity accounted for its price; and gets this; Patek Philippe owns the only other platinum 2499. So, it makes it as rare and sophisticated as the wristwatch gets.
Moving on, as Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias recalls, R&B has also been a promoter to watch collecting among younger musicians. He used to run Audemars Piguet in the US, and when he arrived in the states, he got to know that Jay Z was wearing a Royal Oak. He invited him to the Audemars Piguet office, where he set up a sound system and played Jay-Z's Music. By 2005 AP collaborated on a special edition of the watch to raise money for the musician's charity and decided to celebrate his 10-album career with a series of 20 special Royal Oak Offshores.
In 2006, Jay Z released a collaboration in the shape of the 100-piece Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Jay-Z" 10th Anniversary Limited Edition with his autograph emblazoned in the caseback. Celebrating Jay-Z's 10th anniversary in Music, the Arabic numeral 10 was set in diamonds to draw attention to the anniversary, creating a unique countenance for the Offshore. And all the watches came with an iPod with all his 10 albumsdownloaded. As expected, the limited edition watches sold out within two months, and since then, only two have appeared for an auction, and both of em sold for more than twice their original price. A few years later, in 2009, yet another limited edition AP with Quincy Jones followed with an oval Millenary case and a piano keyboard dial.
The impact of these pieces was enormous. Audemars Piguet became the go-to watch for this sector of the music industry, and artists began to drop Audemars Piguet into their lyrics. You might have heard Beyoncé's "Partner, let me upgrade you, Audemars Piguet you," right? Now a younger generation of artists are spewing up, among whom Tinie Tempah comes to mind as singers or rock/pop stars tend to talk about watches in their lyrics, educating people about the watch world.
And the sentiment runs more in-depth, as Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH's watch brands, points out. "Music is universal. People listen to Music because it conveys emotion, and as watchmakers, we create emotion." At Hublot, he followed this ideology and produced watches with Depeche Mode (Big Bang Depeche Mode, $17,600) and surprisingly made contact with the management of The Rolling Stones too.
This resulted in the discovery that the Rolling Stones are highly interested in watches and a special edition Zenith (El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tribute to The Rolling Stones, £9,700). "When I met Ronnie Wood in Zürich, he was wearing a Zenith. I said, 'Ronnie, did you put it on your wrist because you were going to meet me?' and he replied, 'No, I bought it at auction.'"
After taking over Tag Heuer, Biver has been extensively working with David Guetta as well. "He is a friend of my daughter, and I met him at her wedding. He is transgenerational, talking to both young people and older people, so I thought of him and Tag Heuer. When we made a special edition with him, i.e., the Formula 1 David Guetta, $2,450, he suggested something different to what we thought he would say. We designed a very modern watch with a little bit of color, slightly psychedelic, but he wanted a more classic look, which surprised us." Interestingly, Guetta also wanted to add a GMT function because he travels a lot.
Caroline Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, a Swiss Luxury Watch brand, also believes that musicians enjoy getting involved in the design process. Very recently, she had fun making luxury watches (and a gem-set "Elvis" belt) for Robbie Williams. But the brand is most associated with Elton John, harnessing not only his name, but his creativity across a range of exclusive watches. From Mille Miglia sports watches to diamond-set jewelry ones, including a magnificent mother-of-pearl piece at £38,000, which he sold to benefit his Aids charity. Caroline says, "Elton was engaged in what we do and how we do it, and gave us his input."
And there are times when it was impossible to implement the rock star's imagination, as Richard Mille (another Swiss luxury Watch brand) has found since working with Pharrell Williams, who dropped the brand's name in his famous duet with Gwen Stefani. Williams & Mille have been collaborating on some designs that will debut shortly (meanwhile, the singer promotes models such as the tourbillon pocket watch, which costs a mind-numbing $507,400).
Besides, Pharell is also involved with Adidas. They say, Pharrell is a very cool guy, open to very different kinds of concepts, mostly in terms of jewelry watches and musical watches. Although they worked on some designs, "the drawing was technically impossible."
Also, sometimes the opportunity to work on watch designs allows musicians to express their creativity as artists through another channel. Moreover, The famous English singer and songwriter and an art school graduate, Bryan Ferry, has always had a highly developed sense of aesthetics, as can be witnessed on his album covers.
While designing the artwork for Manifesto, he used a typeface from the first edition copy of Wyndham Lewis' Blast, the 1914 magazine that featured the vorticist Manifesto. Plus, the same careful eye has been applied to the many watches he designed with H Moser & Cie. For instance, he went through its archives until he found dial designs that would impart a sense of that beautiful Jazz Age elegance, combining bold Arabic numerals with blued-steel hands. Endeavour Small Seconds by Bryan Ferry, is valued at a staggering $16,600.
Lastly, let us conclude by saying that in the past, it has been film stars who have tended to bequeath their names to specific models of Rolex, among them the Steve McQueen Explorer & Paul Newman Daytona stands out. Now, in this day and age, it is the turn of rock stars to seek immortality of a sort. And it seems that way, as musicians can find it in the watchmaking atelier as well as the recording studio.
Dark Triumph - The only place where you can get a Customized Rock n Roll Watch
Now you know enough about Rock n Roll Watches and how Music's & watches fate are entwined. By far, we are sure you'll be thinking of getting your watch customized to look like a Rock n Roll Star or get a watch just like your favorite R&B Singer or Pop Artist. Well, Dark Triumph is one of the most popular Custom luxury watch brands out there. We have always stayed true to our target by striving to achieve watchmaking excellence by using our know-how and expertise to meet the prerequisites of the Custom Luxury Watch Market. This knowledge, skill & passion for timekeeping, along with our love of Music, has always been an enormous inspiration to us. It has genuinely become an instrumental part of our DNA. With years of involvement in the Customized Rock n Roll Watches industry, we have been able to learn and evolve in the same way that Music does.
We at Dark Triumph customize watches to channel your inner rock star and to amplify the importance of Music and those who create it. Dark Triumph also customizes individual pieces, celebrating and honoring world-famous bands, artists, and companies who have given everything to the industry. So, if you want to get your groove on, or perhaps want a watch like that limited edition AP which Jay Z sports. Or maybe you want to get your watch customized like the one Paul Newman or Steve Mc Queen has.Or the one that members of The Rolling Stones, David Guetta, or Pharrel Williams wears, you know that Dark Triumph is the place to be. Dark Triumph should always be your go-to place for getting your favorite Rock n Roll Watches.