A journey into wristwatch design

The watch’s modes of expression have always emphasised aesthetic considerations and attention to detail. “Time Design” revealed the many creative facets of watch design in a journey through time.

After a brief evocation of pocket watches, this immersive exhibition trained the spotlight on the wristwatch and its multiple stylistic iterations, from form watches to tool watches and contemporary executions. Presented in showcases, imagined by students at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, some one hundred objects illustrated the inventiveness and diversity of watch design.  

Watches and Culture, the cultural division of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and curator of the exhibition, has crafted seven inspirational worlds to illustrate the fabulous creativity of “time design”.

— The beauty of early watches
— The many faces of the wristwatch 
— Imaginative adverts for creative watches
— Gérald Genta (1931-2011), a designer for the modern age
— Contemporary watchmaking, a laboratory for new ideas
— The future of time?
— Augmented reality: from symbol to watch