ECAL × Vacheron Constantin: The Art of Celestial Mechanics
On the occasion of the 27th Salon international de la haute horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva from 16 to 20 January 2017, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne presents a new project for Vacheron Constantin. During a workshop led by the designers of Studio Formafantasma, the students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship worked on the theme of astronomy and telling the time, in particular as related to Celestial Mechanics.
The students were tasked with drawing inspiration from three ancestral instruments whose common denominator is the relationship between the Sun and the Earth (the armillary sphere, the astrolabe and the astronomical ring) and revisiting them in a conceptual, contemporary manner.
To provide them with a better understanding of the Maison Vacheron Constantin and the world of Celestial Mechanics, students were invited to the Manufacture’s headquarters for a week-long introduction, and subsequently to the Geneva History of Science Museum for a “customised” visit.
Drawing on these inspirations and their extensive research, the students studied various means of representing time: using the sun to tell the time, illustrating the position of the stars in the sky or identifying the time the sun sets and rises by using an exact date and place.
Throughout the development phase, the students worked in multicultural teams. They were accompanied and guided by teams from ECAL, Vacheron Constantin and the Italian designers from Studio Formafantasma, Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi.
The six different objects born of this adventure have in common technical challenges, creativity and a quest for excellence.
EQUILIBRIUM by ECAL/Pauline Masson, Hyunjee Jung, Takahiro Yamamoto. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
L’EMPREINTE DU TEMPS by ECAL/Maud Laurent, Jiwon Choi, Naoto Suzuki. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
HORIZON by ECAL/Clément Beaugé, Jungyou Choi. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
LA DANSE DES ETOILES by ECAL/Clarisse Mordret, Einat Kirschner. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
AUBE ET CREPUSCULE by ECAL/Martin Bolo, Hyewon Lim, Bongon Koo. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
GE462615 by ECAL/Jenna Kaes, Renaud Meunier, Weiji Wang. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche