Chris Benz is an award-winning fashion designer featured in many magazines and online publications. Movado has created iconic Swiss luxury watches for the sophisticated timepiece lover for over 130 years. Thus, it was only natural that the two giants in their respective fields collaborated to unveil the limited edition Movado Bold watches by Chris Benz.
Educated at the renowned Parsons New School for Design, Benz’s career took off when he received CFDA’s Emerging Talent and Award Scholarship. He went on to become an official member of the CFDA years later after creating his own fashion line. He has made multiple appearances on television, partnered with eyewear companies, and his clothing designs are often featured in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour and Elle. His signature bold use of color ironically reflects the exact name of the collection he helped design for Movado.
Movado’s interpretation of Nathan Horwitt’s Museum Watch design acts as the face for the brand. Horwitt’s original watch was the first wristwatch showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Movado reproduced the Museum design with a solitary golden dot on the face of the timepiece, symbolizing the position of the sun at noon and the hands as earth’s movement.
Benz reinterprets the Museum style in his own distinct flair for the Bold collection, producing five bright designs in limited editions: 150 of black watches, 100 each of magenta/white, camel/white, blue/mustard, and only 50 of the teal models, with each piece going at the price of $550. Each watch case is sized at 42 mm, water resistant to 30 meters, and operates by Swiss movement. The main attraction of these watches is the drip-dot dial, or Benz’s approach to the Museum dot. Lively color combinations for the dot and the watch background literally ooze Benz’s edginess, accented by his signature tie-dye smoke print silk straps. K1 crystals and the TR90 stainless steel cases put a finishing touch on these painterly pieces.
Benz effortlessly combines self-expression with Movado’s timeless elegance in his latest additions to the Movado Artists’ Series, joining the ranks of famed luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Romero Britto, and Andy Scharf. “We could not be more thrilled with the final watch designs and Chris’s dynamic reinterpretation of the Museum dot,” CEO and Chairman of Movado Group Efraim Grinberg said.