This limited edition wristwatch was created by the Raketa Watch Factory (Russia’s main watch factory) in collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russia’s main museum of national art).
This radically abstract watch doesn’t follow the conventional rules of classic aesthetics. Exactly like the Russian Avant-Garde artist Kazimir Malevich did in 1915 when he painted the most abstract painting in the world: the Black Square.
According to Malevich, his painting symbolises a “Big Zero”: the end of the previous period of artistic evolution and the beginning of a radically new artistic reality, free of any kind of association with our physical world, where shapes freely float in an endless white space no longer subject to the rules of gravity. At the beginning most people hated this avant-garde painting. But, with time, it had a groundbreaking influence on modern art and became one of the most iconic paintings in the world.
The handcrafted dial is made in a mosaic of 3 different stones: black jade, white jade and violan. The natural “pattern” of each stone reminds the craquelures that appeared over the years on Malevich’s painting. This makes every watch absolutely unique.
The automatic movement is made at the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint-Petersburg. The logotypes of the Tretyakov Gallery and of Raketa are printed on the movement.
A Malevich quote is engraved in Russian on the case back of the watch: “… all the phenomena of the world are reduced to a big Zero – or Zero contains all the phenomena of the world.”
The Raketa Big Zero Malevich watch model is released in a limited edition of 300 pieces. It is available on the official online and offline stores of the Raketa Watch Factory and at the official store of the State Tretyakov Gallery.
Part of the proceeds will go to the State Tretyakov Gallery where the “Black Square” painting is exhibited.
Model: Raketa “Big Zero Malevich” watch
Number of jewels: 24
Testing positions: 4
Average rate (s/d): -10+20
Average running time (h): 40
Frequency/hour: 18.000 / 2.5Hz
Bi-directional automatic winding
Stopper of self-winding unit activated during manual winding: Yes
Decoration: Hand-made Neva waves + Print
Material: Stainless steel
Size: 38. 8 mm
Front glass: Sapphire
Back glass: Mineral
Water resistance: 10 АТМ
Natural semi precious stones: black jade, white jade and violan
Material: Genuine leather
Width: 20 mm
Raketa Watch Factory (Saint-Petersburg)
1,208 EUR (without VAT) with free delivery worldwide