Ronnie Wood may be best known for his song writing and guitar licks for the Rolling Stones, but he is also a respected artist, passionate watch collector and unofficial ambassador for British creativity around the world.
All of his loves have come together this week with the unveiling of a highly limited series of unique watches produced in collaboration with British watch company, Bremont.
Mr Wood, who was born in 1947, hand-painted 47 limited edition watch dials while on tour with the Rolling Stones. They will be known as the Bremont 1947 Collection.
Each watch in the collection is a one-off, and the special collaboration prompted Bremont to push the boat out by sourcing and hand-finishing Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier movements with moon phase complications for the timepieces.
They come in 42mm, 18ct white gold cases using Bremont’s signature Trip-Tick three-piece construction with a crystal case back exposing the movement.
All of the 47 watches are inspired by rock and roll and the places visited by the Rolling Stones on tour.
They were launched at Watches of Switzerland in London, priced at £38,950 each, and will be sold directly by Bremont from its boutiques in New York and London.
“I look at some of the dials and it brings back memories of having painted them on tour in places like Chicago, Seattle, or Philadelphia. In different places I’d get a little time to spend doing some art in between looking after those little twins and the music of course,” Mr Woods explains.
“What’s quite nice is that the dials feel like old friends and together they’re all so different. They look like they’ve been done from all over the world, some with more Chinese and African influences as well as American through to the British countryside. They all have an ‘I feel like painting’ connection or a guitar that’s bent to fit into the dial shape, a horse, a ‘rock on’ or ‘rock hard’ or ‘time rocks on’ kind of message to the wearer so when he looks at the time, he thinks “I better keep rocking,” he adds.
Bremont Co-Founder, Giles English (below right) describes Mr Wood as a true creative in every sense of the word. “To be able to translate this passion into a series of watches is completely unique, nobody else has ever done anything quite like this before in hand painting so many one-of-one watches. As a collection, the watches sit beautifully together but each have their own distinct character. Having the opportunity to own an original, and wearable, Ronnie Wood artwork is quite something. It’s undoubtedly going to form an important and iconic part of Bremont’s history,” he says.
Bremont Co-Founder, Nick English (below left) adds: “It was a challenge to do the processes to protect the dials before and after painting. I have heard of an artist painting one dial before but not with such a comprehensive series of dials. We also felt that such an important watch required a beautiful movement and so we built it with this lovely moon phase complication. Mechanically, artistically, and in terms of its rarity, this is really a rather special watch.”