And now for something completely different. I think it’s safe to say that watch fans are attracted to things with a meticulous attention to detail and a high sense of craft. Things that require hand labor and skill to complete. Whether in assembly, design or finishing, that sense that someone with years of training has put personal attention into the object you now own speaks to part of its indescribable allure. Art, while not something that comes up often if ever on w&w, certainly exhibits these same qualities. When the art then shares some subject matter with watches, the appeal is very clear.
Steeven Salvat, a french artist and draftsmen who prefers the pen to the computer, recently completed a series of 9 obsessively detailed drawings inspired antique biological studies and the mechanical workings of clocks and machines. His drawings, which are executed with a .13mm Rotring pen and Ink, show crustaceans split in half, normal on one side, and stripped of their shells on the other. Inside, rather than the typical organic systems one would find, Salvat has replaced everything with gears, pulleys, metal plates, springs, pipes and more. While obviously a fantastical representation, one can see how they would come to life, clicking and ticking as they scuttle about.