TIME FOR LOV­ING

Why would any­body want to make an erotic watch? Why would any­body want to wear one? Be­cause images sur­round­ing sex have pre­oc­cu­pied hu­mankind since the dawn of time.

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Once known as ‘pocket porn’, the ex­is­tence of erotic watches dates back cen­turies, and it’s never re­ally gone away. Be­cause? Well, sex is re­silient, and it sells. These days it’s pos­si­ble to see scenes that were once re­served for the own­ers of watches con­sid­ered “polis­sonnes” – mean­ing naughty in French.

A fresh pop­u­lar­ity was awak­ened a few years ago for col­lect­ing erotic watches, which has sub­se­quently led to the in­clu­sion of pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished il­lus­tra­tions in cat­a­logues of auc­tions that be­fore only ap­peared in the in­ven­to­ries of pri­vate col­lec­tions and mu­se­ums.

The his­tory of erotic watches spans two and a half cen­turies. Firstly they ap­peared with only enamel di­als and later, with the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy, by pre­sent­ing lit­tle au­toma­tons. Erotic watches be­came a ‘must’ for no­ble­men and trades­men, who sought to sur­prise and to se­duce women by show­ing them these sin­ful images.

The art of enamel dial watches be­gan in the sec­ond half of the sev­en­teenth cen­tury when the por­ta­ble clock com­bined re­li­a­bil­ity with an ac­cept­able size for trans­port in the pocket. In these early times, themes of vi­gnettes were ex­clu­sively re­li­gious or mytho­log­i­cal. How­ever, as an an­tecedent, mytho­log­i­cal or bi­b­li­cal scenes al­lowed the sub­ject mat­ter of the fe­male nude. Adam and Eve, Cleopa­tra and the asp, Leda and the Swan, Diana leav­ing the bath, Venus with Cupid or Ado­nis, the rape of Europa, and the judg­ment of Paris were some such images.

There­fore, no one should be sur­prised by know­ing

pocket watches with faces of their wives or lovers, es­pe­cially as peo­ple could be sep­a­rated for months or years at a time.

The erotic enamel does not arise un­til the last eigh­teenth cen­tury and early nine­teenth cen­tury and is an im­me­di­ate con­se­quence of re­li­gious

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