Recently at the WatchTime New York show, Roland Murphy of RGM Watch Company flaunted his most current collection of Art watches for people. Altogether extraordinary for RGM, which normally plays on the old style side of things ( lacquer dials or motor turned dials ) or American-enlivened pieces ( railroad watches ), these timepieces are intended to move the art sweetheart on the whole of us.
Those effectively acquainted with Roland Murphy and RGM Watch Company might be somewhat amazed by the most up to date Artwork watches he has quite recently delivered. RGM watches – created in Mt. Satisfaction, PA – are commonly exemplary styles with clean dials wonderfully motor turned/guilloché or plated. Some RGM watches include openings for sneak looks at a moon stage or are openworked to permit review of a bit of the development. The most current RGM Art watches take that exemplary watchmaking style higher than ever by offering hand-painted artistic dials.
These freshest watches – there are two models for men and two for ladies – likewise address the artistic work of watchmaking and hand craftsmanship, and continue a centuries-old practice of decorative art dials. They just do it in a manner Roland Murphy and RGM has not done previously, with hand painting and iridescent composition for the Lady RGM Art watches, and with marquetry and cloisonné veneer work for the men’s Model 25 Art Watches.
The two 40mm men’s Art watches are propelled by the ocean. One highlights a cloisonné lacquer dial that reviews Monet’s Regatta at Argenteuil with clear tones of blue with white boats and a bit of verdant green out of sight. The wood marquetry dial watch is motivated by Castillo de San Marcos fortress in St. Augustine, Florida. The hardened steel case is made in America, and these watches are fitted with Swiss programmed developments that house a strong gold RGM perlage-completed rotor. The watches offer 42 hours of force save and highlight a sapphire caseback for review the development. Curiously, both of these models retail for USD 13,900.
Because the dainty 28mm watches are about the old-world art of hand painting, RGM didn’t create another development for the arrangement. All things being equal, for these ladies’ watches, he goes to a heavenly type, the Swiss-made ETA-Peseux 70001 hand-twisted development with 17 gems and 42 hours of force hold. With exactness guaranteed within, RGM diverted a large group of artists from around the planet to do the hand painting of the two versions.
One Lady RGM watch includes a scaled down hand painting on a mother-of-pearl dial and portrays a wonderful blue titmouse bird with yellow bosom roosted on a blossom branch. The blossoms are portrayed in pink and take after cherry blooms or hydrangeas. The shadows of specific blooms fall behind them in shades of dim, and in a couple of spots green forgets about fly, also. The basic excellence and point by point painting of this dial is an investigation in art and class. This variant is offered in treated steel or in 18-karat rose gold with a precious stone set case and carries. It is done with a Keystone badge crocodile tie in a brilliant pink that coordinates the flowers.
The second Lady RGM art watch being delivered grandstands smaller than usual hand painting however with glowing paint. The lotus blossom is made in tones of pink, lavender, blue and purple with a middle exhibiting some fire yellow and red. It appears to involve 3/4 of the dial, which is 12 PM blue behind the lotus with wisps of fluorescent green skimming on the edges looking practically like the Northern lights. On account of various layers and levels of brilliant paint, the dial has a profundity and gleam to it that offers it an extraordinary character. This watch is done with a light blue gator lash that coordinates the blue in the petals. Made in 18-karat rose gold, it is likewise accessible in a 28mm case made of American spotless steel.
Each of the watches includes a sapphire gem and a sapphire caseback for review of the development, which highlights Cote de Genève, perlage and anglage. Like the entirety of RGM’s watches, the insightful lady can likewise commission an exceptional piece hand-painted according to her own artistic cravings. These watches retail from USD 15,900 to USD 24,900 (depending on the model and the presence or not of diamonds).
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This article has been composed by Roberta Naas, organizer of A Timely Perspective ; and writer of six books on watches.