With today’s rapid technological advancements in watchmaking along with highly-celebrated electronic timepieces, we sometimes forget how it all started. But the ‘persistence of memory’ online exhibition by PMT the hour glass takes you right back to where it all began – the year of 1970.
The Hour Glass, one of the world’s specialist watch retailers, set up an online exhibition titled as the “Persistence of Memory” to showcase key watchmaking movements starting in 1970, all the way up to 2020.
The exhibition surveys the last fifty years of artisanal journeys in watch manufacturing featuring the genre defining work of two close friends, Dr George Daniels and Derek Pratt. Followed by the continuity of their non-utilitarian horological attitude by the likes of François-Paul Journe, Philippe Dufour, Kari Voutilainen and Denis Flageollet. Next, the up-and-coming contributions of the duo’s younger colleagues – Roger Smith, Felix Baumgartner and Rexhep Rexhepi – are also to be found in the end.
“This survey has been a project that has been fermenting for several years now and I couldn’t have been happier with its outcome. We assembled some 150 of the finest examples of artisanal watchmaking of this period including two of George Daniels’ masterworks – the Space Traveller and the Grand Complication. Many of these watches were on loan from important private collections as well as from the artisans themselves. And due to the pandemic and safe distancing restrictions, we were required to innovate and realised this exhibition via our bespoke online viewing room (OVR). This OVR platform is highly immersive in that it allows for thorough story telling accompanied by precise macro photographs of the watches. Something I’m certain the global enthusiast community will appreciate.” said Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass and exhibition curator.
The goal with the persistence of memory is explicitly the priceless treasure storing the chief members associated with the watchmaking movement, the timeline of the development, as well as the most predominant watches of the century – ultimately, for the watch culture to be flourished and preserved for the longest of our time.
The “Persistence of Memory” online exhibition is now available at ovr.thehourglass.com