The punk movement with its anti establishment stance (check Sid Vicious and God save the queen) and its safety pin and spike fashion aesthetic has moved from subversion to inspiration.
Fashion has looked to the punk movement each time it needs a spike of danger and 2013’s wonderful exhibition at the Metropolitan museum in New York “From punk to couture” traced its trajectory and influence on designers as varied as Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, Dior and Versace.
But now punk enters the seriously haute world of haute joallerie with Audemars Piguet’s Diamond Punk watch, which is bold, assertive and makes a strong style statement. If you can carry off 7848 diamonds that is.
Haute jewellery is to the watch world what couture is to fashion and a serious amount of diamonds have gone into creating the diamond punk cuff that can be worn as both a piece of jewellery and watch.
7848 snow- set diamonds (a setting that is what it implies: diamonds layered both randomly and so intricately they resemble a sprinkling of fresh snow in sunlight) wrap themselves around the spiked edges of a bold cuff.
It has a sliding face to reveal the watch artfully worked into the spikes and studs of the cuff design. The watch face has three hundred more diamonds.
There is much more to the watch than diamonds. 1440 hours in the making with many complications (a good word in the watch world implying that it has more functions than just telling hours and minutes) and the use of traditional methods of craftsmanship to set the stones.
Discover the making of the Diamond Punk on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQLdDako-LY or just lust for this piece right here.
For an insiders view of the Punk movement read Vivienne Westwood’s biography Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly
Some more watches to aspire for:
Cartier Ballon Bleu Serti 2015
Bucherer Diva Haute Horlogerie watch
Chanel J12 Exclusive edition