At the end of 2020, UNESCO inscribed the craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and mechanical arts on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Always ahead of its time, ECAL has long been highlighting projects based on these age-old crafts through original creations produced as part of the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship. The De Mains de Maîtres Biennial from 20 to 28 November was the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to craftsmanship by presenting a selection of the best projects designed over the last ten years by students in the programme.
The selection thus features modernised music boxes for the Swiss company Reuge; clocks in the form of kinetic sculptures that take the shape of a racing car or a hot-air balloon developed with Jura-based manufacture L’Epée 1839; two unique pieces created at Mec Art in Sainte-Croix (a true watchmaking capital of Switzerland), one of which illustrates the harmony between the three mechanical arts typical of the region (watches, automatons and music boxes) and the other offers a play of colours based on the optical illusion of Japanese professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka. The works on display also include a series of wall and table clocks, whose marble from the Italian Marsotto manufacture creates a dichotomy between the majesty of the stone and the lightness of the movement.
From 20 to 28 November, from 10am to 6.30pm
Nocturne on 26 November until 9pm
19 Av. de la Liberté