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Tian Harlan
Tian Harlan


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Kristian Harlan was born in Berlin, 1939. He study Architecture in Berlin and becomes a qualified engineer. In 1970, establishes the plainning group METALPLAN in Muchen, Germany. Harlan is the Artist who invented the world-famous 'Colour-Time-Watch'.
In 1972 He design the "Colour Time' scolpture for the Olympics Games in Munich.
In 1973 he released the first Colour-Time graphics and Objects. The Colour-Time watches have a mechanical movement, manufactured by Chromachron A.G. Germany
The time is not shown by hands or numerals but by colours-time circles. The disc revolves at the speed of one colour area per hour. Therfore it is not possible to read the exact time. Five minutes before twelve reads a short time before yellow. Tian Harlan ended what he calls 'the dictarship of the exact time' by his invention of the anti-stress Colour- Time watch.

The time is not shown by hands or numerals but by colours-time circles. The disc revolves at the speed of one colour area per hour. Therfore it is not possible to read the exact time. Five minutes before twelve reads a short time before yellow. Tian Harlan ended what he calls 'the dictarship of the exact time' by his invention of the anti-stress Colour- Time watch.
In total, Harlan designed approximately one hundred different watches. His works has been exhibited in Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Paris.
His Colour-Time watches were worn amongst other by Ringo Star, Max Bill, Charles Aznavour, Carlo Levi and by the members of the Ian Buttrfly Band who even composed the "Colour Time" song.

Editorial
TIAN HARLAN:
Time is precious in our civilization Even the smallest units counts. Even though more and more freedom is at our disposal, we weigh every second in a miserly way. we have no generosity for ourselves or for others. We leave no room for planning and reflection.
Stress and hectic activity lead us to wrong decisions and sensless urgency.
CHROMACHRON opens possibilities for our freedom and leisure, while still taking into consideration the functional schedule by which we livetoday.
CHROMACHRON is not a competitor of the chronometer but serves as an instrument for those who want to live time creatively. The precision of the Colour-Time feeling is not only defined by the perfection of the instrument. It requires from the user a new sensitivity, a conciousness of the self and of time.
The use of CHROMACHRON sharpens these abilities and brings true recognition of the time.
CHROMACHRON is the Symbol of the new life with time.
The Colour-time-circle represents the course of the day by light and colour degrees. The day has 12 hours and each hour is asssigned a special colour. The brightest colour, yellow, is 12 noon when the sun is at its zenith.
Time and colour are relative. We can experience both objectively or subjectively. The meaning of the hours and their colours depends therfore on the actual moment. And each moment is a new one. Every day. In contrast to the hour numerals whcih remain forever rigid.



REF: PIETER DOENSEN BOOK: "WATCH - HYSTORY OF THE MODERN WIRSTWATCHES" (p. 43)

 


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