Avid lovers of haute horology, here’s one to mark on your calendars — Then Now Beyond. A thematic exhibition organised by globally renowned watch retailer The Hour Glass, Then Now Beyond commemorates four decades of the brand’s rich heritage promoting the art, craft and culture of watches. The exposition will take place at the luxury emporium Malmaison by The Hour Glass in Singapore, and will be open to public from November 23, 2019 through till January 31, 2020.
The acclaimed watchmaker commissioned several reputed international artists and designers to have create a series of commemorative watches and Objet D’Arts with the aim of promoting horology and watch craft to a discerning audience. The distinguished artists were selected by a committee comprising of British architect Sir David Adjaye OBE, international watch specialist Aurel Bacs, and Michael Tay, the group managing director of The Hour Glass.
Among the leading personalities who will be exhibiting their new works are Daniel Arsham, Marc Newson, nendo, and Studio Wieki Somers. “We are delighted that our passion of the past four decades can be expressed in this single exhibition Then Now and Beyond and, grateful that our various brand partners, artists and designers involved in producing these innovative commissions believed in our project, producing some of the most exciting contemporary three dimensional reflections on the passage of time,” said Tay.
And innovative, they certainly are. London-based Marc Newson, for instance, gives his own interpretation to the ancient time measuring instrument, the hourglass, to create a complex and accurate time measure. Oki Sato, who established the design studio nendo, showcases a meticulous cuboid shaped clock sculpted from one singular form. Studio Wieki Somers, which focuses on providing an enlightened understanding of everyday environment, explores the concept of time, while the New York-based visual artist Daniel Arsham examines its construction.
The Milan based design studio JoAnn Tan Studio, who specialise in window displays, installations, scenography and set designs, were brought in to create a look and feel at the Malmaison that would take viewers on a journey across the everlasting cycle of time. The exhibition itself has been beautifully curated by The Artling, an online art gallery.
Also showcased will be a curated selection of commemorative edition watches developed with partners of The Hour Glass, such as Audemars Piguet, Chopard, De Bethune, Franck Muller, MB&F, URWERK, Ulysse Nardin, NOMOS Glashütte, Sinn, TAG Heuer and Longines.