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AUTEUR

The outlines of modernism

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Photography / Kimio Ng
Translation / Iris Heung

 

無論是從科技發展的層面,抑或是對個人生命的感性作用,計時裝置往往被賦予上深厚的象徵意義;仿彿通過觀察時分針在刻度上的推移,我們就能掌握時間本身,也掌握了個人的生命軌跡、內在的變化。

由兩位法國裔人士創辦的香港品牌「AUTEUR」,最近發佈了品牌的首輪設計商品,其設計啟發自歐洲當代建築的輪廓,以及日本人對產品細節的執著,分別推出了「CIRCLES」、「REVOLUTION」和「MOONLIGHT」三個系列。

使用瑞士石英機芯零件的「CIRCLES」和「REVOLUTION」,前者是對現代主義美學的致敬,其強調出手錶輪廊的優美孤線,不過作為系列作最亮眼的地方,卻是在設計時把錶冠隱藏在錶背上,帶來極致簡約的外觀;後者在設計上同樣把錶冠隱藏在錶背,不過重點卻落在其木頭的錶盤上,其由木頭漾起的紋路,引出一種溫潤的自然觸感。至於採用日本石英機芯零件的「MOONLIGHT」,則發想自月球表面的坑坑洞洞,錶面上的刻度都是由雕刻加工而成,配上纖薄的機芯,是一隻外形上極富人文氣息的錶款。

kapok – crafted in hong kong
香港中環鴨巴甸街35號元創方HG10-HG12

Whether we are speaking in terms of technological development or sentimental value, a timepiece is always attached to profound symbolic meanings. By looking at how the hour- and minute-hand tick through the marks, we seem to be able to grasp the trajectory of life as well as its intrinsic transformation, simply by grasping time itself.

Founded by a French duo, the Hong Kong-based brand AUTEUR has recently premiered its first season of products, with a design concept inspired by the outlines of contemporary European architecture as well as the Japanese dedication to product details. The three series launched are named CIRCLES, REVOLUTION, and MOONLIGHT.

Both the CIRCLES and REVOLUTION series are equipped with Swiss quartz movements. The former is a tribute to the aesthetics of modernism. The watch’s outline is a perfect curve of ultimate minimalism without any lug. The design highlight is eliminating the crown, so the time is set at the back of the watch. REVOLUTION features the same trick for the crown but is outlined by a solid walnut wood bezel, adding a soft and natural feel. Whereas MOONLIGHT, which uses Japanese quartz movements, is inspired by the moon’s rough surface and features a monochrome dial plate that is made of a single engraved pattern. With an ultra-thin case, the watch is full of a discreet charm and elegance.

kapok – crafted in hong kong
g/f, Hollywood / hg10 -12, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen street, Central, Hong Kong