First Look at Longines’ Collaboration with Australian Indigenous Artist Otis Hope Carey
A collaboration between Swiss watchmaker Longines and Australian Indigenous artist Otis Hope Carey takes a refreshing dive in the Pacific Ocean.
The hand of Indigenous artist and surfer Otis Hope Carey is immediately visible in the new Longines Hydroconquest collection, a creative partnership with the Swiss watchmaker. The NATO straps are made from recycled materials and have flecking marks that allude to Carey’s meditative paintings. Also palpable is the ceremony and sharing of experience that is crucial to the work of Carey, a 36-year-old Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung man who was born in Grafton, NSW, and grew up around Coffs Harbour.
The green sunray dial, with offset 24-hour scale and green stitched straps (pictured), also comes in orange, black, and aqua blue.
“I knew the body of work I wanted to do,” said Carey, chatting to us from his newly adopted home in Byron Bay. “I thought it would be a great fit on the strap. The ocean is always there when you need it, so I thought it would be fitting to carry the ocean not only with me in my heart and soul but on my wrist.”
“I think it took about a year for Longines to get the straps right,” Otis noted. “But it all flowed really well and flowed together, really easily.”
Carey started off as a successful professional surfer, winning the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles twice, before turning to art.
Recently the artist expanded his sphere of influence when he featured in The Ripple Effect, Peter Dickson’s documentary centred on the ongoing effects of racism and discrimination on mental health.
He has also worked behind the scenes with New Zealand filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi to create the cloak worn by Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder. More recently, he also starred alongside Hemsworth in the 2022 TV series Limitless.
Edward Woodley, the gallery director at China Heights who has worked with Carey since 2016, describes him as highly intuitive and says that he has been impressed by the artist’s commitment to his craft and his deep connection to country.
“I think Otis has tapped into something way deeper than just a personal creative expression, he is really looking at his family history, stories, and heritage.”
Woodley adds, “The art and the surfing – as much as they are separate practices – they are kind of the same form of an individual expression.”
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