– Stéphanie Baechler

Brass, porcelain

In collaboration with:
with Meroz Ressorts S.A., Chêne-Bourg

With ‘Complications’–a term used in horology that refers to any function and feature in a timepiece beyond the simple display of hours and minutes–Stéphanie Baechler investigates the intrinsic quality of custom-made micro precision springs used in watchmaking. Through the lens of ‘tension’, one of the functions of such mechanical springs, the designer turns the beauty of the micro-crafted inside out. She imagines a future where the normally concealed functionalities underpinning collectable value in time-pieces can exist as objects of beauty in their own right.

Stéphanie Baechler developed a series of domestic jewellery sculptures. By combining enlarged springs made of brass with fragile ceramic rods, the functionality of ‘tension’ is exaggerated and at the same time liberated from its confines (such as casing or intended context) to highlight the precarious balance between resilience, fragility and desirability.