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June 5, 2012

The Daniel Strom Memento Mori watch - Carpe Diem!

The Daniel Strom Memento Mori watch - Carpe Diem!

A daring impact on time! Daniel Strom proudly unveils the Memento Mori watch from the Agonium Watch Collection.

A Subtle way of emphasising the finite nature of our time and a philosophical invitation to seize the day – Carpe Diem!

The Daniel Strom Agnomium Collection – Both watch and sculpture.
The Daniel Strom Memento Mori watchNothing is identical, nothing is regular or smooth. A Certain edginess infiltrates the sculpted depths and mounds. The watches in the Agonium collection by Daniel Strom are clearly as much masterpieces of metal as they are feats of traditional Swiss watchmaking.

Closer inspection reveals the tiny lines left behind by the sculptor, but not a trace of soldering. Each piece has been created from a handcrafted mould and then finished by hand, coaxing the metal – silver, gold, platinum or palladium into the desired form while deferring to its prestige. Achieving such a result requires unquestionable artistic talent, but also patience and attention to every gesture. A proven savoir-faire that gives the full measure of the artists skill.

Let your eye linger on the details, trace the curves, take in each incision, amplify the forms. Skulls, winged dragons, vaults and crowns… read your own meanings into these creatures and penetrate the secrets of their unique and symbolic world. A world whose sculptural beauty and metaphoric value take precedence over the timepiece.

The Daniel Strom Memento Mori watch – Carpe Diem!

The first model in the Agonium collection. Beneath the rebellious, Gothic outer shell lies true substance. Before being a timepiece, Memento Mori is a reflection or our existential questions. Birth, death, life, time, rebirth. Daniel Stroms’ creation confronts us with our morality and challenges our vanities. Something the danse macabre so brilliantly evokes as Death carries rich and poor away in its dance. Life is fleeting; one and the same destiny awaits us all. No one can stop time, outwit time, fly in the face of time. The skulls that embellish Memento Mori are far from being a mere facade. They are a powerful symbol. Life to be lived to the full.

While the primary function of Memento Mori goes beyond the measure of time, it no less does justice to Swiss watchmaking expertise. The case, finished by hand but crafted form a unique mould, represents the fusion of watchmaking and metal art. Gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as many versions as moods, are brought to life by the artist’s talent. The sculpted case encloses the inner case that holds the movement, an ETA 2824 calibre. As for the dial, it borrows the hallmarks of two world-renowned clocks: Big Ben in London and the Zytglogge in Bern. Bone White or black with twelve roman numerals, it is the epitome of discretion. A trio of hands counts time: hours, minutes and seconds.

The Daniel Strom Memento Mori watch specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824 calibre
  • Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
  • Case: Solid sterling silver, 18k gold, palladium or platinum finished by hand. Inner case in stainless steel. Curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM
  • Dial: Bone White or black. Roman numerals. Gold-toned, white or black polished steel hands.
  • Strap: Black horn back alligator with skull buckle in solid sterling silver, gold, palladium or platinum.
  • Price:
    Sterling silver: Limited to 88 pieces CHF 9,999
    Palladium: Limited to 44 pieces CHF 19,999
    Palladium and Diamonds: Limited to 12 pieces CHF 25,555
    18k Red Gold: Limited to 44 pieces CHF 27,555
    Platinum: Limited to 12 pieces – adjusted to the day’s price

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