In 2018, Alexander Shorokhoff introduced Los Craneos, a limited edition watch as a tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
At the beginning of the 20th century, artists like Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo have revolutionized the Mexican art with their independent, avant-garde and for this time colourful nature of paintings. They all became world-famous artists.
In 2017, during his journey through Mexico, Mr. Shorokhov visited museums and sites, where these artists lived and worked. He was fascinated by the power of their paintings and the blaze of colour, by the exposure and creativity, as well as of their inimitable and national character. He was especially impressed by Frida Kahlo, who had a spectacular but dramatic life full of pain and passion. In 2018, Alexander Shorokhov dedicated a new watch “Los Craneos” to her.
Two items serve as main motif for this watch: The skulls and the tapering metal appliqués on the dial. Both elements represent the fight of Frida Kahlo against death. Furthermore skulls are deeply rooted in the Mexican culture as a symbol for gambling with life and death. This watch models name means Skulls in Spanish. The manifold pyramidal tapering metal elements at the dial symbolize the painful corset of Frida Kahlo. The production of such a dial requires a great deal of time and skill, concentration and patience, because all parts are separately made and then applied step by step.
“Los Craneos” is made as a double-time watch in order to illustrate the situation of Frida Kahlo hovering between life and death, a situation that was normal to her; nevertheless shewas always painting and creating her world famous artworks. Placed on one time zone is the calendar, on the other time zone a central second hand is placed. The artists also lived in two time zones – real life was running gradually, while time working seemed to fly by with the speed of light.
For the double time zones two ETA 2671 automatic movements of are used. Both movements are hand-engraved and can be seen through the sapphire glass back of the case. The case is of solid stainless steel with brushed sides and a hand-polished highgloss bezel.
For the design of this watch, Alexander Shorokhoff refrained from the application of colours – there are only black and silver parts in order to illustrate the dark theme of this watch. This watch model is limited to only 47 pieces. The same number of years Frida Kahlo has delighted people in the world with her artwork.
Stainless steel, brushed and polished; vaulted sapphire glass with antireflective coating on top; 5 atm waterproof; diameter 46,5 mm, height 12,5 mm
2 automatic movements cal. 2671.AS, hand engraved and refined; 25 jewels; power reserve 42 hours
Hours, minutes, seconds from centre; calendar
Genuine ostrich leather strap
Pin buckle or deployment buckle for additional charge
Limited edition of 47 pieces
Price (As on March 2018)