After the grand debut at Milan design week 2018, Grand Seiko, the Japanese luxury watch brand since 1960, will capture the essence and transience of time for the first time in Thailand, in an exhibition entitled “THE FLOW OF TIME” BANGKOK, from January 21 - 27, 2019, on Level G of Central Embassy.
As the embodiment of Japanese aesthetics and master artisanal techniques, Spring Drive is praised for its unique signature of the perfect glide motion second hand, reflecting the natural and continuous flow of time. The exhibition will showcase an installation featuring Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive movement, the company’s unique and innovative mechanism characterized by high precision. Two Japanese artists have teamed up to express the essence of Spring Drive in an installation that invites guests to experience and explore the innovation that Spring Drive represents, consisting of two main elements: Installation “Approach to TIME” by Satoshi Yoshiizumi, TAKT Project and Movie Kizamu / Nagareru by Shingo Abe. Also, the showcase of the impressive collection of Grand Seiko will be displayed, while an expert craftsman demonstrates the assembly of Grand Seiko movement.
Installation “Approach to TIME” : Satoshi Yoshiizumi, TAKT Project
”Time flows in transience.”
By looking at the smooth movement of the Spring Drive’s second hand, gliding across the dial without a sound, the most obvious fact takes your breath away. Time in nature flows without a ”tick” As a result of aiming for the ultimate precision, Spring Drive has reached a new dimension that makes you feel the transience of time, approaching the essence of time.
This is the unique presence in which high precision and an enriching feeling co-exist. The aim is to present this unique world view that Spring Drive has already achieved in this art installation space.
With an enormous visual screen that transforms the transience of time into space as a background, 7 clear objects are lined up neatly. Coming closer and looking through the objects, you can see over 200 watch parts integrated with the constantly moving scenery, creating its own microcosm. The small twinkling spots of light surrounding the parts, demonstrate the existence of small electricity generated by the parts themselves in silence. As you walk along the 7 objects, the parts are formed into a watch movement, and complimented with the moving scenery; they further evoke the visitors’ emotions. The complete watch movement will continue to display time though it is sealed inside the object: this is where the flow of time never ceases to exist.
The creation process of the watch movement and how it is complimented with the moving scenery shows time in transience. This shows the coexistence of high precision and enriched feelings. The combination of the moving scenery and the object that was created by a special method is an enormous spatial device, where you can experience the philosophy of Grand Seiko embodying the essence of time.
Movie Kizamu / Nagareru : Shingo Abe
The trail of the sun draws an arch in the sky; the history of timepieces began by “ticking” this natural arching “movement” which has always been continuous. Time transformed from what used to “flow” to something that “ticks.” Especially, in their pursuit for better performance, mechanical watches demonstrated a higher precision with the “ticking” of time. With a long history since the invention of clocks, Spring Drive was born in Japan. It upgraded the movement of the second hand to be a unique and smooth glide motion and natural, just like a falling raindrop, the sun drawing an arch in the sky, leaves falling to the ground and an orbiting star. Time is returning to its “flowing” movement once again.
When the camera captures nature, there is a method called multiple exposure where you capture an enormous number of moments and install them into one photo. On the other hand, there is a method called long exposures where you trap the whole flow of time into a photograph. The embodiment of nature at the end of the ultimate pursuit of technology: by collaborating the multiple exposure and long exposure, will represent the return to nature approach which was made possible by the ultimate Spring Drive. The contrast between the “ticking time” and “flowing time” will also be shown in this piece.
The clearest movement that fused with “nature” stands out in deep silence. The Spring Drive upgraded what used to be a tool to “know” the time, to a device that makes you “feel” the time. This visual work captures the steps of this evolution.
“THE FLOW OF TIME” BANGKOK runs daily from January 21 - 27, 2019, 10.30am – 8pm on Level G of Central Embassy.