Shinola honors architect Minoru Yamasaki and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in its Great Americans series

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Shinola has unveiled two special edition timekeepers honoring two famed Americans in the world of art and design: architect Minoru Yamasaki and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Mr Yamasaki, who was born in Seattle in 1912 but worked mainly in Shinola’s home city of Detroit, was famous for New Formalism-style buildings that brought minimalism and strict symmetry to architecture.

This philosophy was the driving force behind the design of a new Shinola Canfield watch, the latest in the company’s Great Americans Series, that comes in a limited run of 350 pieces.

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The watch adopts Mr Yamasaki’s clean lines for a brushed stainless steel case watch with  a black dial featuring matte alabaster elements, It has a special Yamasaki caseback and retails for $1000.

A series of wall clocks dedicated to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, honors his artistic legacy. Shinola has made collectible 14” wall clocks by following Mr Mapplethorpe’s own sketches and using them on clocks produced in limited quantities and retailing for $600.

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