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To mark the brand’s 125th anniversary, CharlElie has created a watch-as-artwork for SAINT HONORE: THE LINE, with its exclusive, sleek design.

SAINT HONORE celebrated its 125th anniversary in style at the Murano Urban Resort in Paris on 22 September, in the presence of its friends and partners as well as the press. To mark the occasion, SAINT HONORE – one of the oldest French watchmakers – unveiled a new watch available in a limited series of just 125, designed and signed by CharlElie, writer, composer, performer, photographer...

CharlElie and Thierry Frésard, Chairman of SAINT HONORE, have known each another for a number of years, and in 2004 CharlElie painted a canvas for the opening of the Saint Honoré store at number 326 on the eponymous street in Paris. Since then, the artwork “on the passing of time" has been displayed on a wall in the store. So it was a natural progression for Thierry Frésard to ask CharlElie to design a watch to mark Saint Honoré’s 125th anniversary.

“CharlElie is a true artist: writer, composer, musician, photographer, painter, sculptor – or ‘sculpt-hour’ as we could say in our case. Both of us are in the creative sphere. And as CharlElie says, the words ‘artist’ and ‘artisan’ have the same root, ART, which stands for know-how. With THE LINE, he offers us not only a new vision of time, as a celebration of eternity, but also adds a new dimension to our collections. Working with an artist of his calibre and creative force really drives us to surpass ourselves.” Thierry Frésard

THE LINE will appeal to aesthetes, but also connoisseurs of the finest watch mechanisms: this timepiece can also be admired through the clear case-back displaying the ETA 2824 movement, with its pearly finish and diamante snailed decoration, oscillating weight with a “Côte de Genève” finish in black gold, the weight engraved with the name SAINT HONORE and the SH logo.

The watch makes beautiful use of lacquer. THE LINE crossing the dial is in white lacquer, contrasting with the dial itself painted in matt black.
The square steel case with its black PVD finish is just as finely crafted, as is the crown engraved with the SH logo, picked out in orange lacquer to match the hands. The case is mounted on a sophisticated strap in black crocodile leather, which fastens with a pin buckle.

• Stainless steel case with Black PVD finishing. White lacquer at 12h and 6h.
• Curved Glass
• Black PVD finishing steel crown, « SH » logo in orange lacquer
• Screwed curved steel caseback, skeleton with glass, apparent movement.

• Automatic movement ETA 2824, 26 rubies, 28800 alternances per hour
• Movement finishing with diamonds and polished bevels
• Oscillating mass with decoration « Côte de GENEVE », black plated, masse engraved with SAINT HONORE and “SH » logo, PINK 5N

• Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 7h

• Painted dial with« CharlElie » signature

• Crocodile leather design strap
• Pin buckle

Water resistant to 50 meters
Limited Edition of 125 pieces
Public Price: 1500 euros

Born in Nancy, France in February 1956, major graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, CharlElie is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work covers the explorationary fields of image, writing and music.

In 1981, he founded in Nancy, the cooperative group Local à Louer, linking photographers, painters and poets, and published on that occasion the “Art Rock Manifesto” (manifeste de l'Art Rock).

The success of his poetic-rock music albums has not stopped him from continuing his exploration in painting, sculpture and photo. Since 1978 and his first individual exhibit in a gallery, CharlElie exhibits his work regularly (exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the United States).

The work of CharlElie is first and foremost a reflection on the human being and the different states of personality. From 1981 to 2004, he produced poetic images, inspired by his numerous trips (Hotel rooms, urban landscapes). He settled in New York in 2004 and his current painting, photo and sculpture work is concentrated around the theme of “RE-construction.”

He invented the concept of Photo-Grafs. Second degree interpretation of mixed media work conceived as the meeting point between objective harnessing of photographic reality and the subjective of the interior mystery formalized by painting, writing-graf.

23 albums of songs, 1500 international concerts, CharlElie also composed around fifteen original soundtracks for films. He has made posters, designed logos and shoes, published books of drawings and photo as well as two short story anthologies.

Fascinated by new technologies, CharlElie was one of the pioneers of the web in France. His website, online since 1996, is a space for creation and the exchange of ideas. This site is now completed by CharlElie Couture - Artspace - PAINTINGS - DRAWINGS - GRAPHIC ARTS - PHOTOGRAPHY, exclusively devoted to his visual artwork.

For thirty years, with modesty, CharlElie has built a body of work dedicated to creation.

Great artists often challenge complacent truths; their trajectories cross periods of shadow and light. CharlElie's path has shown itself to be search for the absolute, which he places between the sides of buildings and the heart of a society in RE-construction.
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