The Diagram 17 Watch draws its inspiration from a drawing of the same name by Wassily Kandinsky in 1925.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944); an influential Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with painting some of the very first purely abstract paintings and Diagram 17 Watch is one.
Diagram 17 and The Diagram 17 Watch has influences stemming from Gestalt psychology. Gestalt tries to understand the laws of our ability to acquire and maintain meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. Kandinsky examines the effects of forces on straight lines and contrasting tones of curved and angled lines. This coincides with the research of Gestalt psychologists. Geometrical elements take on importance in both his teaching and painting. It utilizes the circle, half-circle, the angle, straight lines and curves.
Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work comes all within the later part of his career. It reflects on his past artistic experiences. He refers to his devotion to inner beauty as fervor of spirit, and described his spiritual desire to create as an inner necessity.
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”
Diagram 17 from Kandinsky’s essay Point and Line to Plane, originally published in 1926. The original Diagram 17 drawing is currently the property of The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke Art Museum
Although the Diagram 17 Watch may seem intimating at first, telling time on the watch is actually quite easy. The watch consists of three hands, the hour, minute and second.
The hour hand is represented by the group of three lines. The line in the center extending the farthest indicates the hour. The minute hand is represented by the singularly long hand (side without the two half circles) that extends to the edge of the dial. Finally, the second hand located in the center is represented by the small rectangular hand.
The Diagram 17 Watch is a Black IP Stainless Steel Watch available with a white dial with black printing and a stainless steel case with color dial. The Diagram 17 Watch has a 20mm wide black silicone band and you can order an “extra” black leather band. The Diagram 17 Watch is designed by Denis Guidone.
Diagram 17 uses a Japanese Miyota movement and is 5 ATM.