Introducing One-Of-A-Kind Modern Art Sculptures By Berd Vaye
The modern renaissance of mechanical watchmaking (i.e. post-quartz crisis), brought with it a strong focus on the artistic and aesthetic elements of timekeeping. In many ways, these elements comprise the ‘luxury’ aspect of luxury watches. The use of hi-tech materials, for example, is often as much about the look and feel as it is about the practical advantages of using such materials. This is not a bad thing, mind you, indeed it has ensured the survival of the industry.
At the same time, a very distinctive sub-category of timepiece has emerged that revisits and reinvigorates the idea of a watch as piece of wearable art but that is still very much a legitimate mechanical machine. Many brands have explored this concept with great success, such as Jaquet Droz, Armin Strom and Vacheron Constantin, just to name a few. Not only are these pieces extremely interesting and attractive to collectors, they also serve to remind us of the long-standing connection between the worlds of horology and artistic expression.
Berd Vaye horological sculptures also explore this connection but come at it from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing on displaying the passage of time in an aesthetically interesting and appealing way, the sculptures instead seek to highlight the inherent complexity of watchmaking itself, inviting viewers to experience the tremendous intricacies and human ingenuity involved in fine watchmaking.
Founded in 2014 and introduced to the U.S. market, Berd Vaye is the brainchild of creators Eduard (“Eddie”) Kurayev and Albert Akbashev, childhood friends and New York City–based watch dealers who began the company as a hobby and decided to expand it when they began getting inquiries from customers interested in the intriguing art sculptures that decorated their office.
Berd Vaye has announced the grand unveiling of its modern art sculptures to fans and enthusiasts of luxury watches and jewelry. Berd Vaye is carving out a patented experience and using this to bring people to an understanding of the intricacies of the watch movement. They have been able to collect antique clocks and pocket watches from around the world in order to create the highest quality vintage watch parts from hairsprings to pinions to wheels, encased in the shatter-resistant resin known as Lucite, the spheres, cubes, and skulls that comprise the Berd Vaye range.
A 360-degree sphere that combines Berd Vaye’s specially selected watch components in faceted rows and columns suspended in hand-polished Lucite. There’s also an optional lighted pedestal it can be displayed on, which is sold separately. Limited to 999 pieces.
The collection currently includes just seven SKUs:
· Small and large versions of the “Horosphere” sphere and “Time Squared” cube ($2,900 for the smalls, $5,900 for the larges)
· Small and large versions of the “Lost in Time” skull ($2,700 and $5,900, respectively); and a large frame measuring 26 x 26 x 1.5 inches and retailing for $6,500.