Last year, Grand Seiko first unveiled its first ever exhibition at Milan Design Week. Titled ‘The Flow of Time’, it showcases installations by renowned Japanese artists, paying ode to Grand Seiko’s renowned Spring Drive movement — a unique and innovative mechanism signature to the brand, characterised by its high precision. Since its grand debut, the the Japanese luxury watchmakers’ has brought its exhibition to Bangkok.
Watch and art lovers alike are given the opportunity to marvel at works of art that bring the revolutionary Spring Drive to life, on the Ground floor of Central Embassy. The exhibition is complemented by Grand Seiko’s impressive collection, where an expert craftsman demonstrates how the Grand Seiko movement is assembled.
What To Expect?
‘Approach to Time’, especially curated by Japanese artist Satoshi Yoshiizumi from TAKT Project design studio, is a beautiful installation that physically manifests the transience of time. Through a large visual screen projecting backgrounds of moving scenery, the passing of time is elegantly transformed into a spatial experience.
Seven clear objects are lined up in a neat row before the screen — through them, audiences are treated to a view of over two hundred delicate watch parts, surrounded by twinkling sparks of light. Walking along the seven objects, the parts are gradually formed into a watch movement.
The assembling of an exquisite watch movement, complemented with a dreamy background of moving scenery, offers a breathtaking visual expression of time in transience.
Audiences can also enjoy ‘Movie Kizamu/Nagareru’ by Japanese artist Shingo Abe. The work of art draws to light the contrast between “ticking” time and “flowing” time — in its natural form, time flows without a tick, yet in an effort to achieve precision in time-telling, we have changed it from something that flows, to something that ‘“ticks”. In Movie Kizamu/Nagareru, Shingo Abe compares this concept to that of photography — the capturing of multiple moments into one through ‘multiple exposure’, versus recording the whole flow of time in long exposure. Shingo Abe combines the two techniques to express the idea of returning to nature through the ultimate pursuit of technology.
This concept, that the pinnacle of technological advancement can return us to our roots is a reflection of the core concept behind the Spring Drive — a precise mechanism that upgraded the movement of the second hand so that it glides smoothly across the face. Comparable to the falling of leaves, or an orbiting star, this uninterrupted motion is a reflection of utmost precision — the return of time to its natural, “flowing” form.
‘The Flow of Time’ Art installation will be showcased in Central Embassy, 10:30am-8pm, from January 21 until January 27, 2019. To find out more, visit the official Grand Seiko Thailand Facebook page.