COMPLICATIONS Stéphanie Baechler, Geneva 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 imagines a future where ‘tension’ – a functionality of the mechanical springs used in watchmaking – is liberated from its confines. Enlarged versions of these custom-made micro precision springs, scaled up by a factor of 10,000, each hold a fragile ceramic connector highlighting the precarious balance between resilience, fragility and desirability. Brass, porcelain
Stéphanie Baechler lives and works in Geneva. She has a Bachelor degree in textile design from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) in Lucerne and a Fashion Master’s degree from Artez in the Netherlands. She has worked for Swiss textile company Jakob Schlaepfer in St. Gallen and as a design assistant and fabric developer for fashion designers including Hussein Chalayan in London. In 2014 she won a ceramic residency in Switzerland and at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands, where she explored the topic of fashion by transforming ephemeral movement into static and frozen material expressions.
Meroz Ressorts has deep roots in the production of springs for the watches. Through constant evolvement, Meroz Ressort S.A. has become a significant industry partner for high precision instruments, including medical, electrical and electronic high-performance equipment.