About Basquiat Watch – Now Is The Time – Daem
This Basquiat Watch represents: ‘ Now Is The Time’. Now’s The Time (1985) is an artful reference to jazz musician Charlie Parker’s 1945 song of the same name. The round vinyl shape and perfect imprecision allows DAEM to reimagine the traditional watch face. The patterned strap and colors were inspired by Basquiat’s fashion in the early 1980’s. The back of the watch features Basquiat‘s signature crossed over the DAEM logo to put the essence of human before enterprise.
Daem designs all of their watches in their Brooklyn studio. They are located in an old Williamsburg factory that’s been converted, on a tree-lined street opposite the subway tracks. Their watches are made in the Basel region of northern Switzerland. After visiting manufacturers across Switzerland and the United States, they found a watchmaker who’s truly world class and can bring their designs to life. This “Now is the time “ watch is made with Swiss Ronda 515 movement, a precise time keeper and quality standard and Full grain Italian leather, the highest grade of leather with greater softness, durability, and color richness. More details on Basquiat Watch – Now Is The Time – Daem:
- Movement: Swiss Ronda Powertech 515
- Type: Quartz
- Dial Material: Enamel
- Crystal: Polished sapphire (anti-reflective and scratch resistant)
- Case Material: Surgical grade 316L stainless steel
- Case Diameter: 40 mm
- Case Height: 9 mm
- Strap/Lug Width: 20 mm (fits up to 23 cm or 9″ wrists)
- Straps: Stitched canvas, lined with leather
- Water Resistance: 50 meters (5ATM)
About Jean-Michel Basquiat
Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip-hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world. Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. When Basquiat died at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time.