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Si­mon ma

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

BACK­GROUND

con­tem­po­rary artist as a young­ster, Hong Kong-born Si­mon ma couldn’t set­tle on a par­tic­u­lar art. at seven, he be­gan learn­ing tra­di­tional chi­nese paint­ing; at 11, he stud­ied mu­sic; and af­ter mov­ing to Lon­don, he stud­ied at the Bartlett School of ar­chi­tec­ture, where he be­gan to ex­per­i­ment in mix­ing dis­ci­plines, cre­at­ing what he would later call “cross­over art.” af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a master’s, he moved to Shang­hai and in 2002 opened m House, the stu­dio where he cre­ates and show­cases var­i­ous art pieces—sculp­tures, fur­ni­ture, in­stal­la­tions and de­signs for lux­ury brands such as Fer­rari, Vertu, Du­cati, Lam­borgh­ini, porsche and rémy martin.

ARTIS­TIC AP­PROACH ma com­bines spe­cial­i­ties and in­flu­ences, and feels most com­fort­able be­ing iden­ti­fied as a cross­over artist. For in­stance, he takes a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach to chi­nese paint­ing, in­cor­po­rat­ing east­ern and Western in­flu­ences. this ap­proach ap­peals to Bul­gari, which has fre­quently em­ployed cross­over tech­niques, es­pe­cially with watches and jew­ellery.

OCTO FINISSIMO Bul­gari ap­proached ma last year to col­lab­o­rate on its octo Finissimo pro­ject. He hand-painted the di­als of 13 watches, ap­ply­ing chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy in rich, beau­ti­ful lac­quers of var­i­ous colours. in his cross­over style, ma paid ho­mage to tra­di­tional chi­nese art while main­tain­ing the ro­man de­sign codes of Bul­gari and re­spect­ing the dis­ci­pline of Swiss watch­mak­ing.

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