Time Gallery by JC/DC: Art You Can Wear


He’s done it again. Jean Charles de Castelbajac, arguably France’s most exuberant and quirky fashion designer, has brought out a new batch of weird and wonderful watches for SS2011. They’re bright, artistic, slightly surreal and certain to be a big hit this year…

JC/DC’s first foray into timepieces was in 2009 with the hugely popular Pop Hours watch, based on the Lego bricks that so often feature in his own couture designs. With a chunky strap and invisible touch-sensitive buttons it combines sleek styling with a playful nod to everyone’s favourite childhood toy. Unsurprisingly, it remains a huge hit.

Monsieur Castelbajac striking a suitably avant garde pose.

Then in 2010 came the chunky UFO watch, to tie in with his alien inspired pop-up shop in Selfridges. With lights and beeping sounds whenever you press the button to tell the time, it certainly isn’t one for the shy a retiring fashionista – but it does look seriously cool.

Now he’s brought out two batches of Limited Edition watches, four designed by him and four more by the Parisian design duo Munchausen. Only 1,000 pieces of each model have been produced and they’re bound to sell like hot cakes. The four Time Gallery designs all feature drawings by the great man himself – slightly reminiscent of Hockney sketches we think – picked out in bold primary colours. They are called very strange names like Chic to Cheek and Gone With the Wind and are the epitome of JC/DC: arty, surreal ideas turned into eye-catching and stylish designs.

The other limited edition designs are by Paris-based designers Simon Pillard (who works for Jean Charles de Castelbajac) and Philippe Rosetti. They formed Munchausen in 2004 and have created various quirky household items including a kitchen made out of Lego (notice a theme?) and a sticker that casts a ‘shadow’ of a chandelier under any bog standard light fitting. We have two of their four bold designs: Aldo and Shiro.


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