Kinetic Art Watches by Humism

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“Bored with generic minimalism, we break a watch down to its fundamentals — the movement of time. We use time to do art, and use art to recapture time.”

Inspired by Kinetic Art and the possibilities of turning movement of time into art, Watch Design Studio Humism just launched 3 automatic watches on Kickstarter.

Designer David Sze: “We wanted to completely reimagine watch design, to create a timepiece that makes the most of this medium’s uniqueness. And the most unique and fundamental part of a watch, as we see it, is movement. We are inspired by the potential of using time’s movement to create visual beauty, and perhaps even philosophical meaning. In our design research, we were influenced by the Kinetic Art movement. Kinetic artists broke from traditional static art, and created art that produced beauty through movement.

Research took David two months. “I dug into the endless ways moving forms can overlap and intersect. More than a thousand drafts were created as ideas evolved. It didn’t help that I am a perfectionist, tweaking every detail and casting way too many prototypes to make sure each nanometer was perfect. I am proud to present three designs, the final evolutions of a year of inspiration.”

5% of the sales will be donated to The Red Pencil, a non-profit that uses arts therapy to help those suffering from emotional trauma.

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Joanna Lim’s SS18 BASADUNG Collection

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Earlier this week, the six finalists of the Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Gen Fashion Award 2017 sent their collections down the catwalk at Singapore Fashion Week SS18.

LASALLE graduate Joanna Lim presented a ready-to-wear collection around the theme of identity.

“I studied a specific minor ethnic group in Hainan, China – the Li Basadung Tribe. Women in Li Tribe tattoo their face with geometric lines in reference to Hoopoe bird, which have stripes on their feathers. Many cultures around the world practice body modification, as a form of identity, in the form of personal or a culture group. Body modification appears to have integrated into our personal identity. The face is arguably the most significant part of the body across all cultures. We wear our identity upfront through the modifications to our skin. and tell the people who we are through visual aspects. Instead of clothing, these modifications are our first skin. Tattoo is not only a painful process, but also a bloody grotesque procedure. However, you will see the workmanship and the intricacy of each tattoo design in the aftermath. Tattooing on facial features allows them to differentiate themselves from other tribes and at the same time, creating a unique identity for themselves.

The collection uses various combinations of textile manipulations that merge the uniqueness of an identity with elements of the future. Laser cutting techniques combined with digital printings and Swarovski crystals embellishments were used to achieve the textures of the collection. Each dotted lines resulted of the tattoo motif reflects an individual’s lifestyle and behaviour. This concept aims to remind individuals who we really are. It is the idea of embracing our identity. After all, our face is the most significant part of an identity.”

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Spotted! Harng Foong

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Harng Foong graduated from the School of Art, Design and Media (NTU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication in 2014. He believes designed experiences through visual art and design, are the way to go. His work is a riot of patterns, prints, textiles, installation and production design, and experimental interactions are his way to integrate the audience into his work.

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Coup de Coeur by Cody Chua

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Time is on your side with these automatic watches from Coup de Coeur. Founder Cody Chua loves horology, a passion that began at a young age.

“I love the intricate world of mechanical movements but they often come at exorbitant prices. With Coup de Coeur, I wanted to create an affordable and sound alternative,” Cody tells us.

The brand utilises the 24 jewels Japan automatic movement and has a triple-hand date function. Add a swap-out-the-strap option to it and you’ve got yourself a time-telling piece that isn’t going to break the bank.

”Watches need a personal touch, which is why I keep swapping the straps on my watches. It is not that easy to find a leather craftmaker in Singapore. And when you do, the prices are high, reason being that leather straps cater to watches for the high-end market. It makes sense of course that people who purchase high-end watches are willing to spend 10% of the total value of the watch on the strap.”

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In its 8th season, CAVALIER reconnects with mother nature and the animal kingdom: 3D crocodile scales and a crocodile jaw complete with teeth,  pieces inspired by the shape and flow of jellyfish and the spotted eagle stingray, Grizzly and Panther paws and the wings of the magical Macaw and Condor.

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