Rafael Moneo x Cauny


Moneo Collection

The first wristwatch designed by the architect Rafael Moneo.

The Collection

Moneo's Vision

When CAUNY asked me to design a watch I couldn't help but think of the two occasions on which I had designed clocks: for the Logroño City Hall and for the Atocha Station.

In both cases, the clock alludes to the meaning of the hours associated with the passing of the day: twelve o´'clock - noon - as the summit of the day. The hours related to daily activity, distinguishing between morning and afternoon. Not as a succession of moments, something that so clearly happens with the beat of digital clocks. And the hours in Roman numerals and on the axes of the square, something that we so often see in sundials on the walls.

With such a starting point, entering into an experience like this – going from designing a clock on a building to the design of a wristwatch – has been a complete surprise. Working with millimetres and tenths of a millimetre, accustomed to thinking in terms of centimetres and metres, has been a disciplined exercise to which the presence of the texture of the materials was not alien, always making itself felt on our wrist. However, it was no surprise to see, time and again, that the sense of proportion has always been present and makes one think that both the clock and the watch came from the same hand.

A new wristwatch designed by Rafael Moneo

Meet the Architect

Rafael Moneo was born in Tudela (Navarra) in 1937 and has been one of the most notable figures in the world of architecture in the last 50 years. He received the Pritzker Prize in 1996 for his entire work.

He studied at the School of Architecture in Madrid, where he graduated in 1961. After graduating, he worked in Denmark with Jørn Utzon, with whom he collaborated in the Sydney Opera House. In 1970, he obtained the Chair of Elements of Composition at the School of Architecture of Barcelona. In 1985, he was appointed Chairman of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

He is the author of famous buildings such as the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Kursaal Conference Centre and Auditorium in San Sebastián, the Expansion of the Prado Museum and the Atocha Station in Madrid or the Los Angeles Cathedral.

He has combined his intense practice of architecture with a long work of reflection and criticism. Several generations of architects have been influenced by his texts, among which his famous essay The Solitude of Buildings stands out. He wrote: “I prefer to think that architecture is the air that we breathe when buildings have reached their radical solitude.”

In addition to the Pritzker Prize, he received numerous awards,
including the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2003, the Prince of Asturias Award in 2012, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan in 2017 and the Golden Lion of the Venetian Biennale in 2021.

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