Originating from the tribes of Polynesia, tattoos have long been considered taboo in Western civilisation – a signifier of the underclass. That image is thankfully no longer. From a sign of rebellion, these artistic ink marks on skin have evolved to become a show of individuality and permanence – an expression of the confidence of its wearer. That is why they appeal to a new generation of people who tackle modern day challenges with unflappable self-assurance. Watchmakers – purveyors of another intimate form of wearables – are starting to pick up on this trend. Here are three tattoo-inspired pieces for the contemporary consumer.
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu
Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s partnership with Maxime Büchi, the man behind multidisciplinary artistic platform Sang Bleu, is a little different. Decidedly more sculptural than Lavenu’s freehand drawings, the geometric motifs on the case and dial of this new Big Bang follow the tradition set centuries ago by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man. Hence the super-positioning of rings and squares, iteratively set smaller and smaller within one another with mathematical precision. The pattern continues onto the calfskin-on-rubber strap, enveloping your wrist like an ephemeral tattoo.
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Low Ka Wei – Singapore
Low Ka Wei is a freelance editor and writer. He cut his teeth at men’s lifestyle magazines NewMan and Arena and last helmed luxury lifestyle title The Peak where he was editor from 2009 to 2014.