Vianney Halter, which earned his fame due to such avant-garde creations as the Antiqua Perpetual Calendar and the Trio Grande Date, will introduce his timepieces next month in the United Kingdom.
Vianney Halter watches will join the showpieces to be displayed at the exhibition, which will be arranged at the Museum of History of Sciences University of Oxford, devoted to Steampunk Art. The latter represents a genre, the Parisian-born horologist has willingly accepted, since it mirrors Halters’ creative vision.
Fond of science fiction in his young years, Vianney Halter was particularly attracted to such genre films as "Time Machine", "Time after Time", and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". As to the latter, it was surely based on the novel by Jules Verne, the science fiction writer, who gave birth to the concepts and ideas, which proved to be a foundation for contemporary Steampunk.
Vianney Halter’s attention was always captivated by fascinating details, performance and design of engines and other machinery he was often exposed to, as the son of a train conductor. It was a significant factor that affected Halter after he completed his watchmaker studies at the Paris School of Watchmaking.
The watches, manufactured by Vianney Halter, will be presented at the exhibition as a special assemblage, dubbed Futur Anterieur, which means Past Future.
The visitors of the event will be able to admire 1998's Antiqua Perpetual Calendar watch, distinguished by its innovative aperture calendar displays and uncommon case form; the rectangular Trio Grande Date watch created in 2006, as well as the Vianney Halter Classic, a simpler round timekeeper, which reveals just time and is fitted with a bezel, featuring the distinctive rivet motif of the line.
The exhibition will be held within the period from October 13th through February 21st, 2010.
The event will also welcome works of other Steampunk artists with Tom Banwell, Thomas D. Willeford, Stephane Halleux, Amanda Scrivener, Mad Uncle Cliff, Kris Kuksi, Haruo Suekichi, Jesse Newhouse and Daniel Proulx among them.