Andy Warhol’s penchant for a timepiece is well-documented, with the pop artist wearing everything from an Elgin pocket watch to a woman’s Rolex. But the 1980s saw Warhol go pro’ with his interest, designing the Times/5 in collaboration with Movado.
The watch in question was the first in what is now an established part of Movado’s general collection: its Artist Series. The foundations for the Times/5 were laid in 1983 when Warhol’s friend Gedalio Grinberg (founder and then chairman of Movado Group and also a keen art collector) approached him with the idea of producing a timepiece in conjunction with the brand.
The Movado was to be Warhol’s only foray into watch design – released in 1988, a year after his death, as a limited edition of 250 pieces. The wristwatch/jewellery hybrid is made of blackened stainless steel and comprises five independent timepieces, each with its own quartz movement and unique dial, linked together to form a bracelet.
Photography was a medium Warhol used extensively at this point in his career and for the Times/5’s dials the Studio 54 regular drew inspiration from photographic contact sheets. Each of the five dials features a different black and white photograph of landmark Manhattan buildings, all with their own personal meaning to Warhol.