Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, also known as JC∕DC and the Marquis de Castelbajac, is a French fashion designer whose designs have been worn by, among others, famous pop stars and supermodels. His imaginative clothing collections have included childhood toys such as teddy bears or Legos, and in general he has a reputation for combining art and fashion with great success. In addition to working as a designer, de Castelbajac paints, composes, and writes, and was honoured with a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Spangled with spaceships, clouds, rockets, and stars, this Swatch Art Special by the fanciful French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is a wearable piece of the heavens. Vibrating with the music of the spheres, nostalgic and as magical as a child’s drawings, Space People (GN134), is an eye-catching strip of fantasy. Sea green UFOs, cool blue clouds, rose-coloured planets, and yellow moons seem to burst into view from a field of white space. A simple dial with four fields of colour balances the motion-studded strap. With its whimsy, magic, picture-book colours and dreamy conceits, this piece of fantasy captures Swatch – on a cosmic scale ! The pop watch is called Enjoy It (PWK190) and shows the world of childhood.
Ugo Nespolo, born in 1941, is an Italian sculptor and painter. He was strongly infl uenced by the culture of Turin. In 1967 Nespolo fell in love with movies and started to make his own with great enthusiasm. In 1972 he and his friend Enrico Baj opened the Studio Nespolo & Baj, which in time became one of the most well-known studios. In addition to making movies, Ugo Nespolo has also written a number of books. In collaboration with Swatch Ugo Nespolo created the two watches Silver Patch (GN132) and Collage Dorè (GR116).
Mimmo Rotella was an Italian artist and poet best known for his works of décollage, created from torn advertising posters. Rotella created his works through the reworking of pre-existing images, which he found distributed in his urban landscape. His signature methodology was to erode ; he rubbed and tore at the surfaces of posters and advertisements until a multiplicity of layers was exposed. In a literal and fi gurative way, Rotella’s work unearthed buried meaning by scratching at the world’s deceptively glossy and seemingly process-free finished products.
Some like it hot, and everyone likes the ultimate icon of gloss and glamour. In his signature décollage style, the intriguing Rotella takes on a larger-than-life Marilyn (GZ133), re-constructing and deconstructing her mythic pop persona. With its urban, vintage advertisement colours exploring the places she came away at the seams. In Bengala (GZ132), a fierce creature snarls from the dial. Printed with nature’s catchy original design of black and orange stripes, this ferociously attractive piece meets the viewer’s gaze with a powerful eye.