we wanna be free to do what we want to do... ~ The Hour Glass Super Machines & Horological Heroes @ The Paragon
and we wanna get loaded... and we wanna have a good time
that's what we're gonna do... we're gonna have a good time... we're gonna have a party
lines in italic above are from the movie 'the wild angels' but I know it coz of primal scream's loaded of course. watched the world's end recently and it wasn't that great a movie but it brought back memories. I caught primal scream when they were doing their vanishing point tour in '98 and Asian dub foundation opened for them (The Ritz Manchester Feb 10 1998 to be exact)... excellent times! anyways it is a most fitting line for this weekend because it's F1 Fever time :) Singapore is gonna be hot hot hot! waitaminute it's always been hot [weather wise I mean ;) ]
this post today is about the hour glass' excellent exhibition at the paragon. if u like/love/are passionate or have an interest in horology, I recommend u head on down to this exhibition and if possible, attend the plenary session.
I have always loved independent watchmaking and what it represents. the watchmakers/creators present a different perspective, a different take on these functional daily objects most of the time. daring to go beyond what the mainstream or big conglomerate owned watch brands dare to risk or dream, they realise small numbers of sometimes amazing, sometimes puzzling and sometimes breath taking timepieces.
Now some of the pieces I love a LOT and some I would be happy to unsee but all/most of them are special in their own way(and will have their own fans)... of course these are going concerns so they want those fans to be 'loaded' to be able to afford some of these limited creations.
the wonderful thing about many of these pieces were that they were birthed not by a committee but by visionaries, artists, artisans, technical geniuses putting in their heart soul blood sweat tears... and some of them with their fantastic watches on display here truly live up to the appellation... horological HEROES! ;)
to the watches then! first off the more conventional round case shaped ones...
this shot taken at THG sometime before the exhibition... different variants
with different guillochage styles but most nay... all of them desirable ;)
I didn't take pix of the Laurent Ferriers on display at the exhibit as the dial side is pretty standard so showing the back of one of my mates' piece instead
and what a pretty back it is...
the dial is not made by Dufour but to his specs
another shot of this which is a very rare beast...
the exhibition also has an ARTISANAL SHOWCASE – “METIERS DE LA MAINE” – SPECIALIST ARTISANS AND MASTER WATCHMAKERS DEMONSTRATING THEIR CRAFTS
Ulysse Nardin The Mastery of the Freak Dual Escapement 26 to 30 Sep
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