Russian watchmaker, Raketa, and Instagrammer, @TheHorophile, collaborated to produce a limited edition of the company’s Avant-Garde timepiece.

The Raketa x The Horophile Avant-Garde Limited Edition is limited to 50 pieces and features a vertically brushed violet-colored dial, in The Horophile’s signature purple hue. The watch features a 40 mm stainless steel case (45 mm lug-to-lug), which measures roughly the same as this previous Avant-Garde reference, however, the crystal on this watch is not as highly domed as the aforementioned model.

Raketa x The Horophile Avant-Garde

In addition to the vibrant violet dial, the hands are made of geometric shapes that move around the dial at different speeds, in order to tell the time — in an abstract way. The contrast of bright orange and metallic violet is eye-catching and adds a distinct flair to the already unusual Russian design. A design, that pays homage to the 19th and 20th-century Russian Avant-Garde art movement.

Raketa x The Horophile Avant-Garde

Artists such as Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, and Wassily Kandinsky experimented with new forms and styles, and their work had a profound impact on the development of modern art.

The automatic 2.5Hz movement, caliber 2615, has 24 jewels, a 40-hour power reserve, and is adjusted to a rate of -10/+20 seconds per day before leaving the Raketa Watch Factory in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The movement winds bidirectionally, to rewind the mainspring more efficiently. The front crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire, whereas the caseback uses a more cost-efficient mineral crystal.  As you can see (below), the rotor has a circular striped pattern, as have been given a PVD-treated in The Horophile’s signature violet-purple hue. The bridges also have print in the same hue.

Raketa x The Horophile Avant-Garde caseback

The watch is water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters and is delivered with both black and orange leather straps. The retail price is approximately $1,785.


Photos by Raketa.

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