In our connected age, mechanical watches built from the Earth’s elements and fuelled by naturally generated energy carry more meaning than ever before
Modern science has disproved as much as it has proved – we now know the Earth isn’t flat, just as we know it is round. In atomising creation so that we no longer recognise as gospel the concept of the four elements – earth, water, air and fire – science has proved life is far more complex than the ancients could fathom.
But that same science has also disproved any notion that humanity would abandon completely those bygone theories of our existence in favour of some kind of binary view of the world. We may be connected by science and technology in ways we never imagined possible, but we remain inextricably linked to nature in all its primeval glory, too.
One of the clearest symbols of our elemental connection to life is our ongoing fascination with mechanical watches. These are objects powered by our own movement and the forces of gravity and created from materials brought up from the ground.
Here, in this special Elements series, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons celebrates the watches that tell the story of life as we know it.