Ode to Delaunay
Design: Moshe Safdie
Designed by world-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, Ode to Delaunay is inspired by French artist Robert Delaunay who co-founded the Orphism movement noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes.
Robert Delaunay’s colorful and formally experimental paintings were a unique fusion of early-20th-century European artistic trends. His best-known works centered on the visually and intellectually stimulating world of Belle Epoque Paris in which he and his wife, Sonia Delaunay (Terk), founded the movement. The style was distinguished by faceted compositions, vibrant color, and contemporary subject matter that together conveyed delight in the modern life and its technological innovations.
“The need for a new subject has inspired the poets, launching them onto a fresh path and bringing to their attention to poetry of la Tour (Eiffel tower), which communicates mysteriously with the whole world. Rays of light, waves of symphonic sounds. Factories, bridges, iron structures, airships, the numberless gyrations of aeroplanes, windows seen by crowd simultaneously.”
The Ode to Delaunay is made up of three colorful spinning discs revealing hours, minutes, and seconds through open holes cut into each disc. As they rotate, the composition of circular geometries constantly shifts in homage to Delaunay’s 1938 painting, Rythme n°1. Even at a quick glance, the mesmerizing movement of colors and shapes constantly work to ensure complete clarity within the design.
This playful timepiece is housed behind a glass lens; its colorful watch-dial framed like a painting beneath the black IP stainless steel case. Measuring 40mm in diameter and 9.5mm in thickness, the watch is available with a 20mm black leather band.
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