Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

«Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas», «vanity of vanities; all is vanity.!», Warned God-fearing artists of the Baroque era. But Konstantin Chaykin adds to this life-affirming motto: «Carpe Diem!»

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The ancient Greeks represented time in the form of titan Kronos. They portrayed him in the form of a
gray-haired old man in a hood with a scythe. This is how the Ukrainian painter George Narbut painted
the time in his horror-obsessed picture of seen in the fields of World War I in 1916.

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This painting inspired Konstantin Chaykin to create the «Carpe Diem» watch dial. Reigning on a star-studded sky, the winged Kronos, leans on the dial with the hour hand and on the hourglass, counting the course of minutes, measures life time for people. The fragility of human life is emphasized by the skull, which refers us to the philosophy of still lifes vanitas, which condemn the futility of earthly life and glorify the romance of death.

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Kronos bestows and takes away life, which drifts away like grains of sand through an hourglass.
Therefore, the only way to catch a lucky break is to catch every moment. So go ahead – «Carpe Diem!»

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