Komono presents a unique capsule collection of six watches inspired by the art of René Magritte. Komono accessories are infused with a thirst for blurring the lines between the classic and the new, between art, design and fashion, between male and female, between minimalism and color, between accessories and lifestyle.
René Magritte was one of the leading figures of 20th century Surrealism. His impossibly perfect blue skies and white fluffy clouds, his faceless men in bowler hats, his ‘this-is-not-a-pipe’ painting of a pipe and his floating green apples have all become part of our global cultural heritage.
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Magritte’s paintings combine a subversive sense of humor and flair for poetic depth, creating a visual experience that’s both immediate and impossible to grasp. Komono continues its high-end ‘Curated by KOMONO’ accessory series with the global launch of its official collaboration with the Estate of René Magritte.
The dream-like, surrealist style of Magritte is translated into six unique watch designs. All watches have a unique printed wristband with leather details of an embossed Magritte signature. Each piece depicts a different detail of a particular Magritte painting and comes in a unique, limited edition Magritte packaging.
Magritte’s famous floating rock drifts into view on the printed fabric wristband against a backdrop of a blue Magritte sky with a dark and choppy sea subtly showing at the tip. You can ask the question ‘What does it mean?’ but the mirrored clock face will contain no answers, just your own face reflected beneath the dials.
In Magritte’s original masterpiece, a pink balloon face floats above a decapitated suit against a dark mountainous backdrop. In Komono’s Winston timepiece, the balloon face becomes a mirrored watch face in white or pinkish gold.
Komono’s signature printed fabric wristband is re-imagined as a wearable canvas containing the iconic, otherworldly image of a moon in front of a tree bathing in grey and blue evening colors. To add to the mysterious quality of this piece, a mirrored clock face reflects your quizzical glance right back at you.
The title of Magritte’s painting translates as ‘the key to dreams’. Everyday objects are placed against a chalkboard backdrop and each one is given an unexpected ‘explanation’. In the Komono version, all explanations are dropped and the objects are left to evoke or reveal the mystery on their own.
A nose, a mouth and a pair of eyes: these unremarkable features become loaded with meaning and mystery once they are left floating in space instead of being reassuringly anchored to a human face. Komono’s feminine Estelle sets these facial elements even further adrift against a blank white backdrop.
An already blackened sky is further darkened by an eerie fleet of alien-looking airplanes. The Komono Magnus, the most robust and heavy of all Komono designs, provides each of those strange aerial creatures enough space for their mysterious maneuvers in the dark. The gold details of the wristband and casing are a subtle nod to the way paintings are traditionally framed.