Mankind has ever dreamed of flying, of levitation. In all times, in all countries, people dream about flying. We all yearn to be lighter, even weightless, unburdened. We all want to be free. The desire to fly has pushed the daring to feats of bravery, and artists to create beautiful and haunting masterpieces, reflecting the moonlight of dreams.
Watchmakers dream of flying, too. Recall the magician and clockmaker Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, who created the 'mystery clock'. Robert-Houdin hid the clock movements and displayed only a single hand moving mysteriously in a crystal ball on top of a bronze case. The hand was flying, alone in an empty world of its own.
Konstantin Chaykin took this dream to the next step. Levitas defies gravity – the hands count Time in an empty watch case. We are left to gasp and conjecture about the mysterious movement – how it works and where it is hidden. Levitas…levitation – the art of floating without any visible means of support.
The mysterious Levitas is revealed through a sapphire glass window, a window into a mysterious world where Time itself levitates. In the depths of this tiny world, in the tiny space surrounding the empty bubble, a mechanical heart pulses at the rate of 18,000 beats per hour.