In 2008, Swiss luxury watch brand ROBERT&FILS 1630 launched “Léopold Robert, grand feu enamel” collection consisting of unique pieces dedicated to Léopold Robert, the illustrious artist and a well-known romantic painter of the 19th century and a member of Robert family.. Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1794, Léopold lived in Rome where he was a contemporary of Ingres and Corot. Before becoming the great romantic painter, whose works are on display at the Louvre, Léopold Robert was an engraver of watches.
After the success of “The Musicians” presented in 2008, the collection expanded with the “Idyll” in 2009 and “The Young Girl and the Fisherman” in 2010. This year, ROBERT&FILS 1630 presents “The Brigand’s Rest”, inspired by a painting belonging to the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
“The Brigand’s Rest” is a unique timepiece inspired by the painting “Brigand’s wife watching over the rest of her husband” by Léopold Robert.This painting is now displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Léopold Robert, oil on canvas, Rome 1827). Case and dial in gold, grand feu enamel. Heart ticks inside this timepiece is a “Five step” historic automatic movement, produced at the Fontainemelon manufacture between 1960 and 1970. Oscillating weight in 22K gold.
– By Léopold Robert (1794-1835)
– Oil on canvas, Rome 1827
– Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds
– Deposit from Fondation Gottfried Keller, 1964.
Both the watch and the painting will be exceptionally on display at Baselworld 2011.