Hampton 10641

Automatic Watch - 48 x 31 mm

The Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages » is a limited and numbered edition (102 pieces) featuring a dial echoing one of Pierre Soulages painting. It features a case in stainless steel with DLC coating case and is mounted on an interchangeable black nubucked alligator strap with a pin buckle.

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Description

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages.” The watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting. Shrinking meters down into millimeters is a thrilling transformation. This unique timepiece, of an exceptional technical and aesthetic complexity, offers a harmonious play on contrasting blacks through subtle nuances of mattes, semi-mattes, shine and diffuse layers, in keeping with the spirit of Pierre Soulages’ work. The strength of black is majestically represented in this tribute to the paintings of one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages » is a limited and numbered edition (102 pieces) featuring a dial echoing one of Pierre Soulages painting. It features a case in stainless steel with DLC coating case and is mounted on an interchangeable black nubucked alligator strap with a pin buckle.

In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages.” The watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting. Shrinking meters down into millimeters is a thrilling transformation. This unique timepiece, of an exceptional technical and aesthetic complexity, offers a harmonious play on contrasting blacks through subtle nuances of mattes, semi-mattes, shine and diffuse layers, in keeping with the spirit of Pierre Soulages’ work. The strength of black is majestically represented in this tribute to the paintings of one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Features

  • Automatic, self-winding watch
  • Power reserve: 42 hour(s)
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50 m)
  • Sapphire crystal case back

Movement

  • Swiss Made
  • ETA 2892-A2
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 28800.0vph/4.0hz
  • 21

Case

  • Rectangular
  • Width: 31.0 mm x Length: 48.1 mm
  • 9.8 mm
  • Steel-DLC, Sand-blasted
  • Sapphire crystal case back, With screw

Dial

  • Black, Opaline
  • Black, Sword-shaped

Strap

  • Alligator, Black
  • Pin buckle, Sand-blasted finishes

Others

From painting techniques to watchmaking technology

Baume & Mercier is proud and honored to pay tribute to one of the great masters of modern art. The Maison takes inspiration from his work as a whole to produce a unique timepiece, an original creation the Hampton Hommage à Pierre Soulages. In the exciting, innovative interaction between art and watchmaking, technical achievement is the keystone of the Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages.” A watch dial miniaturization is a fascinating interpretation of a large-scale painting. Shrinking meters down into millimeters is a thrilling transformation.

Fritz PITZ, Pierre Soulages dans son atelier Paris, 1999. 

Outrenoir, a source of inspiration

In January 1979, the major abstract artist Pierre Soulages inaugurated a series of works at his Parisian workshop which he called NoirLumière. In 1989, the series became known as Outrenoir. The surface of each painting is coated with black paint in various states, textured into low relief with tools and brushes. Each Outrenoir painting plays on with the light that reveals its appearance to the viewer, particularly as the person moves. “When the light is more intensely reflected, the black appears less black, and its surface effects become more noticeable, more active,” asserted Soulages in 2007. Soulages’ black successively appears glossy or matte. 

The Hampton Collection, a territory for artistic expression

Baume & Mercier chose the Hampton model for its transposition of an Outrenoir work into a timepiece. The iconic Hampton asserts a rectangular dial and case evoking the proportions of a canvas. Since its launch in 1994, the Hampton has represented the ultimate non-round watch. It is distinctive for its design, inherited from one of the House’s models dating from the 1960s that was in turn inspired by the Art Deco of the 1920s. The aesthetic approach to clean, curved lines and perfect proportion demonstrates the artistic sense that is so important to the House. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the model has taken the Greek letter Phi – a reference to the golden ratio – as its emblem. The formal minimalism and understatement of the Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages” helps to showcase this tribute to Pierre Soulages’ artwork, while the restraint of the refined timepiece echoes the purity that characterizes his paintings. 

Salle Outrenoir © RCR - musee Soulages Rodez. Photo CH

Peinture 390 x 130 cm 17 mars 2019

Liberally taking inspiration from an Outrenoir painting by Pierre Soulages to turn it into a watch creation is an idea based on admiration and recognition, but bringing it to life poses a technical challenge. One work in particular guided the experiment, the exceedingly elevated Peinture 390 x 130 cm 17 mars 2019. This work – which the Soulages couple donated to Musée Soulages in 2020 – celebrates the painter’s 100th birthday, a testimony to his vitality and inspiration.

 

 

Even the exclusive case in which the watch is presented pays tribute to the contemporary architecture of Musée Soulages designed by the Catalan RCR Arquitectes who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017 The cladding of the building is made up of Corten steel, which has an appearance of iridescent rust Here, again, is the question of time and the patina that it creates.

The timepiece will be accompanied by a leaflet telling details of the collaboration and a VIP pass for two for the Musée Soulages in Rodez. A book on the work of Pierre Soulages will also be sent to each owner of a Hampton “Hommage à Pierre Soulages”.

© RCR – musee Soulages Rodez - photothèque Rodez agglomeration - photo A. Meravilles

 

Musée Soulages in Rodez possesses a collection of the master’s works like none other. For Baume & Mercier, collaborating with Musée Soulages is a way to acknowledge how important art really is to the brand. This is more than a polite acknowledgment: it is a way of showing thanks for fulfilling our souls and the passage of time, inspiring us and thrilling us.

Through this partnership, Baume & Mercier will contribute to assisting Musée Soulages in enriching the collections presented there. The association Les Amis du Musée Soulages will guide collectors of the watch in their discovery of Musée Soulages.