The title of last year’s tome dedicated to the life and work of artist Josef Albers and textile artist and printmaker Anni Albers, You Can Go Anywhere, seems rather spiritually apropos of this new collaboration commemorating the creative imprint of the Albers across art, craft, and the study of color perception, with the Projects Watches X Albers watch collection encapsulating Josef’s exploration of color and Anni’s textile artistry into a trio of timepieces appropriate to be worn anywhere and at any time.
Two of the watches, Persistent and Wide Light, each draw upon Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square series, paintings that applied a systematic application of colors in his exploration into the subjective nature of our senses. That same geometric abstraction of color is reinterpreted using stacked laser-cut to form the face of the two timepieces, in sum adding a physical dimensionality only implied by the original paintings.
While the first two watches are bound by a box, 1925, the watch inspired by Anni Albers’ textile tapestry colors its circular watch face in a mesmerizing layer of circles assembled to turn with every passing minute.
How does one read such an abstraction of an analog watch? Red represents the hours, blue for the minutes, and yellow for the seconds.
All three Projects x Albers watches feature a durable glass case made of hardened mineral crystal, and operate by battery-powered Japanese Miyota Quartz movement. If you’re a swimmer, you can rest assured you can take a quick plunge wearing these watches, with each rated for water resistance down to 30 meters.
Projects Watches describes the three as “one of our first releases with The Albers Foundation,” implying more designs may arrive down the line.
Projects is selling each with a limited discount ahead of the collection’s upcoming release, priced at $139 for the 40mm brushed stainless steel 1925, and $159 for both stainless steel banded, Persistent and Wide Light.
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