When Art Meets Watchmaking

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Our client, Bel-Air Fine Art presents yet another fantastic artist and his work. Quentin Carnaille is an exceptional artist who creates intriguing pieces. In his Horlogerie series, Quentin mixes the art of sculpture with watchmaking. It is very interesting to see how Quentin deconstructs the tangible aspect of watch mechanisms to illustrate a philosophical concept.


Quentin Carnaille was born in France in 1984. After graduating with an architecture degree in 2009, he produced his first sculpture using old timepiece mechanisms. Carnaille used the timepieces to adorn jewels or accessories – which beyond being decorative – pose the question of time and the relativity of its passage, a recurring theme in his work.

Steel, magnets, watch mechanisms sculpture – Original edition of 8 ex

Following this first phase of research; came a period of intense creativity where he diversified his use of timepiece mechanisms. Quentin freed them from their mechanical arrangement and linked them together with magnets. They began to take the appearance of real sculptures. In the Horlogerie series; Carnaille finds his own intimate rhythm turning towards the future to give his questionings a universal reach.

With Apesanteur, Carnaille goes back to the origins of time and astronomy. With this in mind, the artist produced a piece that would recreate the absence of gravity just as if it were in space. He achieved this by using magnetic levitation. A simple gesture puts this magnificent objet d’art in perpetual motion.

And so Quentin Carnaille’s research continues, somewhere between technical prowess and the wish to place art at the service of a primordial source, that of time and of mankind; or how to allow the latter to see the former not as an implacable enemy, but rather as an idea of the possible from which both are born.

To learn more about this incredible artist, visit Bel-Air Fine Art.


Since the opening of their first gallery in Geneva in 2004, the Bel-Air Fine Art group has settled in the most prestigious locations in Europe, United States and Middle East. At the head of the group, father and son François and Gregory Chabanian attach great value to present a rich selection of artists from different artistic movements. Among them, we find the optical art of Patrick Hughes and Rafael Barrios, the street art of Mr Brainwash, Alec Monopoly and Banksy and the post pop art of David Kracov, Dorit Levinstein and Patrick Rubinstein. Photographers also get a good deal on the contemporary art scene with Liu Bolin, Christian Voigt, Antoine Rose, Cécile Plaisance, Joël Moens. Bel-Air Fine Art also represents major contemporary sculptors such as Carole Feuerman, Richard Orlinski, Idan Zareski and Paul Sibuet.