'La Colonne du Temps'

In Baselworld 2017 was were the collaboration between Jörg Hysek and Sinclair Harding began. It was towards the end of the show Robert ‘Bob’ Bray decided it was time for his first Bratwurst of the show in the sunshine. This was cut short as Jörg and Kim Hysek had been trying to find him. Jörg had a vision, which he had been told by other clockmakers that if this complex design was to be done, Bob was the guy to do it.

Not knowing what to expect Bob met with Jörg and Kim and they approached him with Jörg’s vision for the ‘La Colonne du Temps’. By the end of the conversation Bob had an idea and started to sketch…..the challenge was accepted to have the first ‘La Colonne du Temps’ ready for Baselworld 2018.
Along this challenging journey in the development of the ‘La Colonne du Temps’ meant the whole team at Sinclair Harding had learn new techniques and skills in design, manufacture, finish and in the assembly to create this timepiece. This was all completed under the watchful eye of Jörg Hysek. It was key for Jörg, that this creation was true to his vision and we both feel this was achieved.  

About Jörg Hysek
The designs of Jörg Hysek emanate a strength that appeals to lovers of refined and exclusive objects. Throughout his career, and notably in the field of watchmaking, Jorg has become renowned as a free-thinking and avant-garde designer, with uniquely distinctive aesthetic.
The artist, who began his career at Rolex, has created watches for the most prestigious brands such as Breguet Marine, Vacheron Constantin 222, TAG Heuer Kirium, Tiffany & Co Streamerica, Seiko Kinetic Arctura and many others. All his creations reveal a distinctively different appearance and are imbued with a contemporary spirit.
Jörg Hysek continues to surprise by presenting a completely new approach to the mechanical clock.
As a result of his artistic talent and visionary approach to design, Jörg has had a tremendous influence on Swiss watchmaking over the course of many decades. 'La Colonne du Temps’ is the first of a series of mechanical sculptures – the fruit of inspiring encounters, close collaboration and passionate devotion.

'La Colonne du Temps'
'La Colonne du Temps’ is the first mechanical sculpture to use an innovative digital display of the time in column form, it comprises of five separate cylindrical segments anchored on a vertical central axis.
To produce this fascinating display of the passing hours and minutes, a complex arrangement has been developed of independently rotating carriages, each guided by a unique cam. Each segment of the column moves separately, at its own pace, according to the unit of time it represents, thus creating a visually arresting spectacle of time-and-motion. Conversely, a retrograde hand indicates the seconds, which are engraved on a smaller and static cylinder positioned between the hour and minute segments.
At the base of the column, an elegant case houses the timepiece’s movement and the entire structure is supported by feet and leather encased rollers. Made of Aluminium, the column is impressive in scale: it stands some 40 cm tall and weighs 15 kilograms. The hand-wound movement is equipped with a 1.6 meter long fusee chain, ensuring optimal management of the energy released from the single barrel throughout its eight-day power reserve.
Within the La Colonne du Temps range we offer a Rhodium  or Gold plated finish with the housing either Black anodised or painted in various colours.

By marrying a technically complex mechanism with the great simplicity of a digital display, 'La Colonne du Temps’ captures the essence of horology: complexity and simplicity.

Attention to detail, engraved spotting on the top housing plate.

Base movement plate each engraved and signed.

‘La Colonne du Temps’ on build within each section contains levers and individual cams.

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Chapel Lane,
West Yorkshire,
HD8 9ST,

Tel: +44 (0) 1924 840 666
Email: info@clockmakers.com

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