2.4ml Limited Artist Edition by Rolf Sachs
Recognized for his multidisciplinary approach, artist Rolf Sachs presents the ‘2.4ml’ watch as his fourth collaboration with Fortis. The limited edition watch will be unveiled by Fortis at Baselworld, March 23-28, 2017.
Sachs’s passion for experimentation motivates him to challenge the applications of existing materials, processes and everyday objects, a
theme visible throughout his artistic practice. Drawing inspiration from scientific methods and taking a fresh and unexpected approach to watch design, Sachs adopts the process and visual language of laboratories and laboratory glassware to create the ‘2.4ml’ watch.
Sachs applies the handcrafted process of “ambering” (amber staining), a completely new technique in watchmaking, to the glass surface of
the watch to replicate the visual language of ‘graduation’ marks typically found on laboratory measuring instruments. This process is carried out by hand and involves applying the artwork directly onto the glass surface, dipping it into the amber stain tank and baking it in a high-temperature industrial oven. This leaves the watch with the numerals, graduated minutes, hour indices and logos directly cauterized onto the scratch resistant glass surface. This technical, yet handcrafted process, results in slight variations in finish and colour, making each piece slightly unique. Sachs explains, “I always look to experiment and go beyond the expected. For this Fortis artist-edition, I was inspired by the visuals and techniques found in chemistry laboratories and adapted the scientific process of ‘ambering‘ to create a new way of crafting a time piece, printing onto the glass surface instead of the dial.”
The name ‘2.4ml’ is in direct reference to the volume of air contained between the glass surface of the watch and its dial. All visual elements, including the steel housing and the hands, in combination with the orange-red silicone strap, mirror the techniques and formal language of a scientific laboratory. These specifics underline the detail-oriented artistic approach to the entire design process. Sachs has long shown a fascination with manipulating and re-adapting scientific glassware and processes, which can be seen in his wellknown collection of sculptural ‘neon’ lights and the ‘chemie’ light series.
The ‘2.4ml’ watch will be available as a limited edition of 150 pieces worldwide.
- Automatic, Swiss made, ETA 2836-2
- Special designed box, manual, international warranty, certificate of limitation
- white dial, numerals, indeces & logos amberized into the glass, hour- and minute hand metal-style, second hand neon yellow
- hours, minutes and seconds
- Special silicone strap
- 40 mm Ø stainless steel, special amberized glass, water resistant to 3 atm/bar
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