Only a few months ago, we did an interview with Danish artist Cay Broendum in this article. Not much later, we had an exchange of emails about Speedmaster artwork. Now that it is done and ready for ordering, let’s have a look at this piece of art and tell you about some of its details.
As inspiration for this Speedmaster artwork, Cay Broendum used the Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 / 145.012.
You can recognize this due to the use of the applied Omega logo at 12 o’clock, the Dot Over Ninety bezel and drop counter weight chrono seconds hand. This could still be a transitional model from 1968 of course (145.022-68), but I’d say it is a 105.012 or 145.012 due to the text on the background of the watch, with a referral to the caliber 321 (CHRO27) movement.
Another interesting item that Cay Broendum used for his Speedmaster Artwork is the order form for dials. It is used as background on the lower part of the drawing. You can see the word Cadran (dial) on there as well as some other ‘variables’ that they used at Omega. In our article about Omega’s Extract of the Archives service, you can see the micro films of these orders. If you happen to own the Moonwatch Only book, look at page 70. Cay Broendum used the Lemania sketch to the Singer Dial Manufacture.
Below, and on the background of the ‘Cadrans’ order, you will recognize the caliber 321 movement. Due to the red copper movement, you could look at it as planet Mars. On the right, you’ll see another planet, that looks like the Moon.
I’ve seen more Speedmaster artwork, from others, and most of it doesn’t trigger me to buy it. Mainly because of the lack of details, or wrong details for example. Especially with vintage watches, the details are of importance of course. With this Speedmaster artwork from Cay Broendum, as we could also see with his work on Rolex for example, there are a crazy amount of details he paid attention to. Let’s have a look.
The dial, with a bit of tropicness in there, has the step in it, like the 105.012, 145.012 and early 145.022’s used to have. Then there’s the applied Omega logo, correct typography (although the S and p should be connected), long hour markers and T Swiss Made T writing. The hands are correct as well, with the drop counter weight. Of course, Cay Broendum made sure there is enough patina to see as well. A nice coffee tone has been used for the tritium markers and hands.
The bracelet has a bit curvy links, which would make it a 1171. The first bit looks like a 1039 though. It seems to be a mix of both. Artistic freedom! In total, it is a drawing well done, and something I wouldn’t mind in my living room (!) as art piece.
If the artwork is to “detailed” in its looks, some of the artistic roughness disappear. So its a fine balance keeping the details right and the look ‘rough’.
Cay Broendum presents his art on his website. You can also order his artwork on there, or pay a visit to one of his collaborators’ shops (Switzerland, The Netherlands and Denmark, of course).
Painting is Named: Speedmaster-MOON
The Large Canvas ArtPrint
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