While timekeeping is one of the most important elements in horology, it’s the mechanism, art, skills and craftsmanship that encapsulate the intricacies of watchmaking. The Hour Glass has always believed in that ethos, and what better way to mark the specialist watch retailer’s 40th anniversary than to start a conversation on how watches and their makers provide a new point of departure for watchmaking.
Over the next two months, The Hour Glass will be premiering a series of short films on not just watchmakers but nine of the world’s leading creatives and artisans in the following order of appearance:
April 22 Maximilian Büsser, MB&F
April 29 Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, Adjaye Associates
May 6 Rexhep Rexhepi, Akrivia
May 13 Daniel Arsham (New York-based contemporary artist)
May 20 Wieki Somers, Studio Wieki Somers
May 27 Roger W. Smith
June 3 Marc Newson
June 10 Oki Sato, Nendo
June 17 Felix Baumgartner & Martin Frei, URWERK
Not only will these portraits provide insight into the minds of these wunderkinds who belong to the cultural milieu of contemporary art and design, the short films will reveal the painstaking journey they have crafted for themselves to get to where they are today.
A special live Q&A between The Hour Glass Group Managing Director Michael Tay and Maximilian Büsser will also be held on The Hour Glass’ Instragram stories on April 22, 12.30pm GMT (8.30pm Malaysian time).
Büsser will be talking about what the future has in store for MB&F, and taking questions from the watch community in the leadup. Be sure to ask your questions in the comments section of the premiere page.
Watch the trailer of Maximilian Büsser's journey below: