Chronos and Eros


The erotic watch appears in the late XVII century. I guess by the shere monotony of its world view the Mechanical Revolution suggested sex; and I further guess that the incessant movement of all those portable time pieces could have implied an automaton mimicking intercourse. For sure, nothing is closer and at the same time further away from our passions than automaton; and this is probably why the XVIII century replaced that mechanical caricature with a rococo miniature. The erotic watch became an international bestseller: it sold all across Europe and was imported as far as India and China; its popularity peaked on the eve of the French Revolution; its suppression followed the Restoration of monarchy. Two years after the Congress of Vienna, Geneva mandated the suppression of all portable erotica, which drove the watch underground and its price up; we may associate this point in history with the appearance of that legendary overcoat figure offering his merchandise with a flashing gesture, “Would you like to buy a watch?!”

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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