Last week at Opera Gallery in New York City, during an exclusive opening ceremony for “Eden Universe, Eden Ocean” by Italian painter Marcello Lo Giudice, Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier celebrated the culmination of their artistic collaboration with the artist.

For along with the launch of Lo Giudice’s new collection, there was also unveiled a special edition Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice timepiece. Each of the twelve watches in the special edition feature identically reproduced portions of Lo Giudice’s artwork.

Marcello Lo Giudice and David Traxler: Painting and picture copyright 2018 Marcello Lo Giudice

Captivated by Marcello Lo Giudice’s latest works, with abrasions and bold color cascading across the abstract landscape, an embodiment of the cyclical relationship between man and material, Parmigiani found his latest inspiration and began to blend these two worlds of craftsmanship.

 

“Marcello Lo Giudice’s artwork makes me think of how a glass prism separates white light into its full spectrum of colors, refracting them at a specific angle. His paintings are marvelous, compelling and I’m very proud of our collaboration.”


Michel Parmigiani

 

To achieve the twelve dials, each of them one of a kind, Parmigiani Fleurier employed a laser technique of the utmost precision. On the raw plate of the dial, the beam engraved its trace and marked the material’s structure, in order to build volume where there was a flat surface. Then the miniaturist painter applied the color pigments, identically reproducing a selected portion of his artwork “Eden Universe, Eden Ocean”.

 Watch photos by Parmigiani Fleurier

It was of great importance to Parmigiani that the process remained true to Lo Giudice’s work, who starts by building texture and volume on a canvas before covering it with color.

The special edition Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice comes with thinner hands, said to have a “sage leaf” shape, in order to adorn the frescos of the dial without concealing it. The rose gold case is engraved with an individual number, the title of “Unique Piece” and the two names “Marcello” and “Michel” side by side – a tribute to the friendship born from this collaboration.

Event photos by Shaun Vakil

The exhibit has been visited by several influential guests from around the world including Prince Albert of Monaco, a close friend of the artist.

Attendees at the Opera Gallery had the chance to ask Lo Giudice about his work and new collaboration. The first of the twelve unique timepieces which “opens” the series was presented to Prince Albert of Monaco, while the last, which brings the series full circle, was gifted to Lo Giudice.

Michel Parmigiani was inspired by “Eden Universe, Eden Ocean,” with its thick layers of deep, moving blues providing existential significance of that which is greater than us, like time – ticking forever forward.

Since 2010 Marcello Lo Giudice has supported the sale of his works with the protection of marine areas and natural reserves of the Mediterranean Sea and research in favor of the ecosystem and the salvation of the planet. In 2013 he was nominated artist of the Croix Rouge, for his civil commitment.

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