Just wanted to share something interesting with you guys here - I figured this might be of interest to fellas into both fine clothing and watches.
So some time ago I commissioned a group of embroidery artists to create an embroidered silk dial out of my own personal design for installation into a piece unique watch. The design was to be painstakingly hand-stitched in silk in the traditional centuries-old method, made even more difficult given the small size of the dial. Typical embroidery art pieces are usually quite large and rectangular.
A set of three dials has just been finished, and now all that's left is to decide which of the three I like most, to install in the finished watch. I think that the painting was nicely translated into dial form by the embroidery artists.
The final watch will be slightly different from the render - it'll be cased in steel to be more affordable, have blued steel hands, and my seal will be silk-screened under the watch crystal. The movement top plate will also be engraved with my monogram.
Notice the filigree details of the three dials, and how they all consistently adhere to the given design, while having just an iota of individualism, indicative of their hand-stitched nature.
Which one of the three would you choose?
This watch should be finished by the Watches&wonders fair in HK at the end of this month, and I'll be breaking it in there!
My next piece will be a similar piece unique, but this time in cloisonné enamel, with the same painting. Will make a good comparison!
The preliminary render
And my next watch, this time the dial will be done in cloisonné enamel (enamel that is bordered by filigree gold wire and fired 20 times in a 800 degree kiln), by the man many in the industry claim to be the world's foremost enamel artist.