A lifetime can be too short, and one minute can take forever. Some of us seek more (time), some wish to freeze (time), and others, to take (better) ownership of time. In the larger scheme of things, if time flies when we are having fun, shouldn’t we allow play to objectify time?
Let’s take a moment to consider Hermès’ proposition: that time is an emotive object of uncompromising creativity. Through a purpose built ‘time observatory’, the Maison invites visitors to interact and engage with time through experiential light, sound and motion animations. Centre of all include objects Arceau L’heure de la lune, Galop d’Hermès , Carré H and Cape Cod, representing the Hermès creative narrative.
Galop d’Hermès being the Maison’s headlining novelty collection this year with its new shape and style, we had an in-depth conversation with the designer Ini Archibong in Geneva, here. Fans of the Arceau collection would be familiar with the different renditions over the years. This year’s unique creation – Arceau L’Heure de la Lune – features a pair of mother-of-pearl moons (each referencing the Northern and Southern hemisphere respectively) with two rotating lacquer satellites (as sub-dials), set on the Hermès 43mm sky-dial composed of aventurine and meteorite. The sub-dial rotating around the Northern Moon (at 12 o’clock) displays the date, while the southern moon (at 6 o’clock) displays the hours and minutes, all of which produced in-house Hermes movement. Carefully etched on the Northern moon, is the mystical Hermès pegasus by artist Dimitri Rybaltchenko. This limited edition creation has been sold out, so you want to visit the installation before June 2 if you would like to see this special watch, and spot the pegasus for yourself.
What else to expect:
- A colourful labyrinth where time behaves in strange ways.
- Mysterious light pulses signal more intimate phases of the game of time.
- Explore various time zones.
- Discover the path of the sun – free to speed up or slow down, at your fancy.
- Hear voices… maybe come across secret conversations and strange stories.
- Step onto the racecourse – at a walk, a trot or a gallop.
- Capture various poses – one, two, three, four – freeze time, or motions, a nod to the many facets to life.
All pointing to reflection of time (in motion), reinterpreted by Hermès.
What: Time, a Hermès object
When: May 23 to June 2, 2019
Where: Ngee Ann City atrium level 1