Luxury British watch brand, Bremont has collaborated with critically acclaimed artist, producer, songwriter, and esteemed Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. We were delighted to host the exclusive launch in our VIP event at Watches of Switzerland, Knightsbridge, in London on Thursday 14th November 2019.
Ronnie Wood, born in 1947 has exclusively hand-painted 47 limited edition watch dials whilst being on tour with the Rolling Stones. Six of these highly-sought after pieces were launched at our Watches of Switzerland VIP event on Thursday 14th November in Knightsbridge, where legendary Ronnie Wood himself presented his talented work to watch connoisseurs.
Each watch in the collection is a one-of-a-kind piece, showcasing original art from Ronnie himself, and housing a rather special Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier movement with moon phase complication. The exquisitely hand-finished mechanism has been housed in a beautifully designed and engineered 42mm, 18-carat white gold case using Bremont’s signature Trip-Tick® three-piece format.
“Having spent so much time focusing on the dial designs, I’m really looking forward to seeing a completed watch. The white gold case will look fantastic with the guitar/’rock on’ type artwork and turning the watch over shows the wonderful mechanism with ‘I feel like painting’ around the edge and my signature on the rotor. I look at some of the dials and it brings back memories of having painted them on tour in places like Chicago, Seattle, or Philadelphia. In different places I’d get a little time to spend doing some art in between looking after those little twins and the music of course.”
– Ronnie Wood
Ronnie has established himself as an artist and his work is much sought after by collectors. Throughout the years, the artist and the musician have been inseparable. As his musical career progressed, Ronnie continued his passion for painting and drawing; his subjects ranging from band members and musicians he admired, knew and sometimes played with, to family and close friends – and of course, the self-portrait. It is as natural to find him with a pencil as with a guitar, drawing portraits of contemporaries and finding inspiration from his musical influences.
Painting these dials has been a challenge for Ronnie. He did his first venture with Bremont about 8 years ago and when the founders of the brand, Nick and Giles English approached him to work on some small wristwatch faces, Ronnie was thrilled by the opportunity. Interestingly, Bremont incorporates original spitfire metal into some of their watches, producing high-quality timepieces, which attracted Ronnie to be involved.
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