Pritzker Prize Winner Álvaro Siza creates his first ever watch with Cauny
Portuguese watch brand Cauny is collaborating with multi-award winning architect Álvaro Siza to design a new wristwatch. The collaboration, announced today, is the first watch ever designed by the multi-award-winning Portuguese architect. The edition hits stores in October.
The story of Cauny's new edition begins in early 2021, when the team and Álvaro Siza started talking about the design of an exclusive model. Since then, the process of creating this new wristwatch has been a testament to extreme attention to every detail. The result is an edition entirely designed by Siza Vieira, from the dial to the hands, incluiding the bracelet and the case of this remarkable edition for watchmaking and design enthusiasts around the world.
About this new edition, the head of Cauny, Filipe Costa Almeida, expressed “the great honor to be launching these watches. Álvaro Siza is perhaps the greatest architect of our time, but also one of the people with whom it was easiest to work. Throughout each step of the creative process, we witnessed his enormous creative vitality, the speed of thought, the freedom in drawing, the incessant curiosity, the rigor with which he approaches every detail. These are long-known qualities of Álvaro Siza; the novelty is to reveal them, for the this time, on a wristwatch. It is undoubtedly one of the proudest moments in Cauny's centenary journey and our greatest contribution to the history of watch design”.
Watch the teaser for the worldwide launch Cauny x Álvaro Siza coming this October
Architect Álvaro Siza highlighted the “beautiful and stimulating exercise” of designing a wristwatch for Cauny, explaining that he followed the process of creating this edition “with the aim that this transformation would not be imperceptible, and also that this watch would look a clock”, defending that “the new does not have to be an aggression - which does not always happen”.
The new Cauny X Siza Vieira edition will be available in 4 versions and will hit stores in October. The launch date will be announced soon and the edition will be made available worldwide at cauny.com
About Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira was born in 1933, in Matosinhos, Porto. Winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1992, he is one of the most awarded architects in history and internationally recognized as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary architecture.
Graduated at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, in 1955, he soon stood out for his ability to innovate, for his bold features and for his unusual ability to reinterpret the traditional in the light of the present. He taught at several universities in Europe, North America and South America, and his works, spread all over the world, serve as an inspiration to several generations of architects.
CAUNY, founded in 1927 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, was one of the most charismatic brands in the world between the 50s and the 70s with its original design made in Portugal. It has been reinvented for today's watch enthusiasts. With true pieces of modern watchmaking and a classic touch with a mediterranean soul, the wide range of Cauny watches keeps growing to remind us every day that time is the greatest luxury. Find out why at cauny.com.
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