Renowned design studio, Winch Design, has revealed its latest collaboration with chronometer maker Thomas Mercer. The British companies have come together to celebrate the marine world with a horological sculpture, combining interior design with astronomical timekeeping.
Stemming from the Latin form of the original Acient Greek ναυτ?λος (nautílos) meaning sailor, the piece is an affectionate nod to the marine world, taking inspiration from the shapes, curves and proportions of shells collected from beaches around the world. Following the Fibonacci sequence Nautilus’ quarter circle arcs are inscribed with the Fibonacci integers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and 21, which curves out form the clock face inside.
"It has been a great privilege to collaborate with Thomas Mercer on this unique timepiece,” says Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design. “Time remains to me the ultimate luxury, and Nautilus not only embodies this, but also reflects Winch Design's commitment to precision, expertise and beauty, and above all our love of the ocean."
Comprised of fine Bohemian crystal from world-renowned Crystal Caviar, the kiln glass sculpture was created in the Czech Republic. Weighing 65kg, Nautilus was originally intended to be carved out of timber, however during the design process it was decided that by adding transparency and lightness to the clock through the use of crystal.
"It has been a great privilege to collaborate with Thomas Mercer on this unique timepiece. Time remains to me the ultimate luxury, and Nautilus not only embodies this, but also reflects Winch Design's commitment to precision, expertise and beauty, and above all our love of the ocean."
- Andrew Winch, Founder, Winch Design
The Thomas Mercer clock itself is housed in a truly individual tube case made of extra-white crystal which offers an all-around view of the inner workings. Featuring a perpetual calendar, the clock also features celestial coordinates are completed with a delicate 3-D moon sphere, providing the different lunar phases.
As the only one of its kind in existence this truly is a unique celebration of the ocean, and fantastic statement piece for the interior of a superyacht.
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