Riddle Me This: When Is A Watch Not A Watch? Caption Competition #27
by Ian Skellern
In 2010 I had the pleasure of visiting a Swiss artist, whose talents spread across a broad spectrum of artistic domains, from installation art to film and from performance art to graphic design.
However, this artist would be much better known to anyone reading Quill & Pad as the designer of some of the most revolutionary wristwatches of the last century.
On my visit around his office − which was then, and as far as I know now, basically just desk space sublet at the offices of an architectural firm − I could not help but notice that he frequently reached into his pocket to touch something (I’m long past surprised at an artist acting weird).
I noticed because he was reaching into his left trouser pocket with his left hand, and I was continually distracted by the watch he was wearing on his left wrist, which had not yet been launched. It’s a watch I often still see him wearing today.
What was in his pocket was an even bigger secret than what was on his wrist. He explained that he had designed a new watch, though it wasn’t a wristwatch (but it has since been made into a wristwatch), and he wanted to make sure that the case shape felt nice to hold in the hand, slide easily in and out of pockets, and was comfortable resting in a pocket.
Though it isn’t really a pocket watch, either.
So he had made a wooden block the same shape as his proposed watch (or perhaps instrument?) and over a few weeks he tweaked the shape until it felt just right.
What I would like to know this week is:
- name of the artist
- what watch is on his wrist
- what timepiece is shaped like this block of wood in his hands
Please leave your answers in the comments below.
Congratulations to John G for his get-rich-quick winning suggestion in last week’s caption competition. You can check out that and all of last week’s caption entries at Caption Competition No. 26: Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees, Watches However . . ..
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