April 19, 2016
John "CRASH" Matos hand-painted Patek Philippe solar dome clock, circa 1960
Time is of the essence in Manhattan, as recently acknowledged by New York City native and acclaimed graffiti artist John “CRASH” Matos. His latest offering comes in the form of a hand-painted Patek Philippe solar dome clock, essential to any luxury clock collection.
The exquisite timepiece exudes vibrancy with its bright color palette and retro design. Hues of blue mesh with fierce red and yellow for a positively chaotic, but youthful façade to the aging chronograph, circa 1960. Fashionably vintage, the 28-jewel, solar-powered and electro-mechanical gilt brass table clock will be auctioned by Antiquorum Auctioneers tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m., in a lot of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.” The pre-auction estimate of the clock is $10,000 to $15,000. Proceeds from the sale of the ultra-rare timepiece will benefit the Aids Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).
On the superb piece, president and CEO of Antiquorum Auctioneers remarked, “The exceptional combination of a vintage timepiece and graffiti art is both striking and unique.” To boot, the clock marks the first hand-painted project by Matos since 2004, when he painted five guitars owned by Eric Clapton—one of which was auctioned for $321,000. We’re sure this marriage of New York City graffiti-inspired art and haute 1960s horology will cause a stir on the auction block. 595 Madison Ave., fifth floor, 212-750-1103