The design of our watch is based on an original Paul Frankl (American, b. Austria, 1886–1958) clock, whose rectangle face features stylized numerals and radiating bands of alternating gold and gray. Trained in Vienna and Berlin, Frankl was a leading light in the development of a modern, uniquely American interior design. He was heralded for his line of Skyscraper furniture, which adapted the silhouette of the New York skyline as a potent symbol of modernity. His design for the “Modernique” clock, commissioned in 1927, offers a scaled-down version of his Skyscraper furnishings.
Produced in cooperation with the Brooklyn Museum.
Silver overlay case. Quartz movement. Case: 1 3/4''L x 1 3/16''W. Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''L.
- Silver overlay case
- Quartz movement
- Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''LCase: 1 3/4''L x 1 3/16''W
Art HistoryThe Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes―the state-sponsored fair held in Paris in 1925, from which the term Art Deco is derived―marked the apogee of the Art Deco style. Art Deco’s popularity continued worldwide into the 1930s, dominating the enormous range of international decorative arts and architecture created between the World Wars. The appeal of its aesthetic derives from simplified forms, stylized decoration, elegant lines, and use of bold color. In the United States, designers responded to European influences, gradually transforming them into a uniquely American idiom.