The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery (M.A.D = Mechanical Art Devices) “for kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme.” introduces Robotyp; High-End, handmade robot sculptures by tinsmith and artist Hervé Stadelmann. MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is an artistic concept laboratory based around a simple idea: to assemble collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical horological masterpieces.
Memento Mori (remember that you can die) is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. These timepieces were made to remind people to stick to these, christian, rules for succesful living (and after-life) by the minute….. Clever!
1810; 18K gold, enamel, diamond verge and fusee skull watch. 43 mm high x 27 wide x 32 deep. Sold for $16,000.
Skull-shaped timepieces as reminder that we all are immortal…