Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull | steel

Regular price £27,900 Enquire

Fiona Krüger's artistic and innovative approach to watchmaking is both intriguing and highly intelligent. The Celebration skull, her third timepiece, like this black PVD-coated, steel example, are a testament to the watchmaker's exceptional inventiveness and originality. Each piece is hand-made in Switzerland and powered a Swiss mechanical, automatic movement, with a customized oscillating mass. 

The Skull range is inspired by the designer's international background, knowledge of Fine Art and watchmaking. The skull-shape of the case is an instant memonti mori. This symbol of mortality was already used in horology in the 17th century, and is indeed one of the most ancient decorative motifs for timekeeping devices, like waterclocksHowever, this skull, rather than being a poignant reminder of death, is a celebration (as the name suggests) of human life and achievement. 

Inspired by the Day Of The Dead festivities in Mexico, the startling hand-painted lacquer dial is skeletonized and the result of extensive artisanal handwork. It features eight different colours, each with their own meaning.  For example, alternating yellow and purple circles surround the eyes - are symbols for death and grief. Contrastingly, the red crescents around them stand for life. Naturally, this is open to interpretation, but we would like to think that there is always life in death; it is the living who grieve, but, they also keep the deal alive in their memories. Playing with these ideas, the watch is a beautifully-presented, philosophical and mechanical challenge. 

The watch has a dark side too. The white elements are painted with Superluminova and as a result, they light-up in darkness, revealing a skull shape. The originality of the design shines through the watch. In this respect, Fiona Krüger is indeed one of the most independent amongst independent watchmakers. The watch itself is a stunning statement piece, celebrating both individuality and haute-horlogerie, with an eye to the past, culture and craftsmanship, but with an uncompromisingly inventive spirit. Afterall, haute-horlogerie developed thanks to such pioneers.

This limited edition 1 of 24 Celebration Skull is a brand new watch, and comes with a two-year warranty from Fiona Krüger Timepieces. The black, blue and silver dial Petit Skulls watches are also available at A Collected Man. The price is inclusive of 20% EU-wide VAT.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.

Brand: Fiona Krüger
Model: Celebration Skull Ref. FKST A
Movement: mechanical automatic with customised oscillating mass with lacquer painting
Functions: date, hours, minutes, seconds
Features: blue steel hands, skeletonised movement, luminescence, lacquer dial, limited edition 1 of 24
Case: 57.4 x 41.3 cm PVD-coated stainless steel
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: Fiona Krüger orange hand-stitched black leather strap with steel tang buckle
Year: brand new
Box & papers: original box and papers
This limited edition 1 of 24 Fiona Krüger watch is brand new, and comes with its original box, Certificate of Authenticity and the manufacturer's two-year warranty.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.