The Indefatigable Sphinx
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Escape to the mysterious world of The Indefatigable Sphinx.
This surreal wearable artwork was designed by Artist Edward Carvalho-Monaghan.
To find the hour, you’ll need to look to the gold frame, but you’ll notice more than just the hour number changes…
Every hour the winged sphinx gets a new head and simultaneously the all seeing eye looks in a different direction.
The minute and seconds hands work in the conventional way and subtle angles within the artwork act as markers for reading the position of these hands.
Each watch is powered by a Swiss made Sellita SW200 movement, with a jump hour module that was designed by Johannes Jahnke for Christopher Ward.
This watch is limited to just 25 pieces worldwide, available exclusively from us. Choose your favourite number from the dropdown menu above.
Edward talks through the design:
“A Sphinx, the master of riddles, inhabits an infinite plane where minerals calcify around arrows and the lacerated landscape drifts in place.
Every hour the Sphinx changes into a different form:
One hour she has a beautiful face, the next it transforms into a skull, not long afterward we see a bowl of fruit where the face once was.
We await a question and wonder how much time has passed in her realm, then start to ponder - are bowls of fruit even capable of asking us questions?
Are such things possible in this place?”
The Indefatigable Sphinx was a real labour of love to produce, each watch representing many hours of work over the last two years, technically it is the most complicated piece we’ve ever printed and assembled.
The individual colours in the design were printed one by one, and the dial has an additional level of complexity as some of the elements of the design are printed onto tiny metal pieces that were then fixed in position on the dial.
The watches were then assembled and tested by our small team in our London workshop.
Edward Carvalho-Monaghan is an English artist residing in Slough in the UK (though if you were to ask his Sister, she’d say Windsor).
Edward explored the psychedelic and underground artwork of the 60’s and movements like De Stijl, amongst other things at St Martins College.
Upon leaving he developed a distinctive drawing style, melding the vivid influences drawn from his studies: a youthful obsession with surrealism and a growing interest in the Classical World and ancient cultures. These influences barge and spatter together in his designs, in a form he would currently describe as Plastic Gothic.
See more of Edward's work here: edwardcarvalhomonaghan.co.uk/
Strap: brown leather, handmade in Italy
Glass: domed sapphire (hard-wearing) Mechanism: Sellita SW200 with a jump hour module designed by Johannes Jahnke for Christopher Ward
Diameter (excluding winding crown): 40mm
Thickness (including glass): 11.5mm
Case: silver stainless steel
Waterproof: yes! 5ATM
Guarantee: five years - any problems after, we’re happy to help
We aim to dispatch all orders placed before 12pm (GMT), on the same day working day. Where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email.
When your order is dispatched you will be emailed the tracking details.
Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can take an extra 5-10 working days.
If you are in a hurry for your watch, please email us.
Shipping guide for watches:
UK: FREE next working day delivery with DPD
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL Express shipping, 1-3 working days
Please note, although shipping is free, you may be required to pay import duties and taxes when your watch arrives in your country.
These vary depending on the country you live in (usually around 20% of the watch price) but you should be able to find exact details by researching locally.
Straps and t-shirts (unless purchased with a watch):
Free Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping, 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.
Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the DPD, Fedex, DHL and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.