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Skull Watch from Jean-Michel Basquiat

DAEM Unixes Watch
movement: Automatic Swiss ETA
glass: sapphire crystal
case: 316L stainless steel, 40 diameter x 9 mm
strap: stitched canvas
custom gift-box
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Licensed by Artestar, New York.


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OBJECT DESCRIPTION

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DAEM is a Brooklyn-based company that creates luxury watches through world-class design and collaborations.  DAEM watched are manufactured in Switzerland and are a unique blend of fashion, art, and human narratives formed into an original, distinctive aesthetic.  

This DAEM x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection features three designs featuring the work of the iconic artist blended with DAEM's high-end cultural aesthetic.  The Skull design is an automatic watch that blends two of Basquiat's most powerful works. His Untitled artwork (commonly referred to as Skull) and Undiscovered GeniusSkull was presented at his debut solo exhibition in New York and captures Basquiat's anxiety and pressure as he worked to be commercially successful.  Undiscovered Genius reflects societal plights facing America. It taps into the auditory quality of Basquiat’s work, using words and rhythmic sounds that can be passed down through generations.

The complexity of both pieces of art are tied together through the multi- jewel automatic movement of the timepiece - the brain that powers the watch.