Can watches be considered art pieces?: The Sirat Tessellation
We always hear people like Jean Claude Biver saying that mechanical watchmaking is an art, to me and to many watch enthusiast this as true as anything but the word ''mechanical'' makes the above statement harder to digest, let me explain. I do agree that there is an art to create and decorate a movement but I think almost everything that is made with passion and love can be considered art, this includes mechanical, solar and quartz watches, it all boils down on how much of your true self is included in the final product. You can have the most advanced movement ever created like the one used in Citizen 0100 and I think we can all agree that lacks a bit of soul or artistic flair. On the other hand the Cartier Crash regardless of it's movement its a watch which you can display in your living room with pride, I love having this point of view because it makes me appreciate much more what is out there, this is how I found Sirat luxury.
The Tessellation model was the one I was drawn to, that geometric pattern was like nothing I have ever seen before, you could really see that passion was a key ingredient to make this watch a reality, how can you describe a work of art? well let me try.
I was fortunate enough to have 2 models to review (T1 in silver and T2 in blue), each one of them have their own charm but the details are very present in every version, at 40mm the dial is a masterpiece, the patterns are so well machined that it looks like small pieces put together, the brushed surface adds another layer of complexity when the sun hits it, usually sunburst dials do not have texture whatsoever but the result in the Tessellation is exceptional, one of the most visually striking dials I have seen at any price point and that includes Grand Seiko. The dial doesn’t stop there, the Islamic theme continues with hands having crescent moons as a counter balance making them feel so relaxing as a summer night breeze.
Then we have the case with brushed and polished surfaces, visually different to the design of the dial but at the same time fits with the whole language employed on the piece giving it a very modern feel. The watch houses a STP1 Swiss movement visible trough the case back with a decorated rotor, very nice and reliable with a good touch of quality.
On the wrist :
Even if we are talking about a piece of art the watch feels perfect on the wrist, the case shape and angular design are spot on, the leather strap is very comfortable and it has this great luxury feel while hugging your wrist. Everything on the dial is where it supposed to be, even the date which cuts the beautiful dial doesn’t feel out of place.
The watch is thin and slides under a cuff easily making it very versatile for those long office hours and if you want to take a break just immerse yourself into the dial, I can assure that you'll comeback with a smile on your face after looking at it.
While I was writing this review I kept on thinking what would be an equivalent to this piece that Sirat brought to market and I couldn’t think of one.
The way that the project has been approached, the history and inspiration and the way that it looks makes this watch an irresistible package that is second to none, as we mentioned at the beginning of the review watchmaking is art, an expression of passion, this is why I love the Tessellation so much, it reminds me that a watch is more than a piece just to tell the time.
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