It's no secret that graphic novels and comic strips have influenced the fashion world - just look at last year's Costume Institute theme, Superheroes and Villains
, to see the connections. So it's cool, but not shocking, that Swatch has some news:
This summer, they release The Corto Maltese, a jelly-on-jelly watch in honor of the comic book designer Hugo Pratt. His eternal hero (yes, Corto Maltese) is a sailor, adventurer, and sometime pirate whose claim to fame is neat but bloody: As a child, he discovered his palm had no life line, so he carved one himself with a knife as a reminder that he could make his own fate. Eew / Aah!
The watch corresponds with an international exhibit on the art of Hugo Pratt, set to debut this September in Switzerland. It's $112, and waterproof, so if you get into the same kind of nautical scrapes as Corto himself, you won't have to worry. At least, not about your watch...
--FARAN KRENTCILAvailable at Colette.