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It's always great to see South African design talent shine in the spotlight abroad - even moreso when it is endorsed by a mammoth brand such as TAG Heuer. A world-first, TAG Heuer Switzerland recently commissioned local artist Paul du Toit to add his mark to a very special project. Namely, the creation of the box of the one-off TAG Heuer Monaco “Mikrograph”, the watch with a 1/100th of a second chronograph movement. Paul's task was to create a futuristic looking case for the watch, which was auctioned in Monaco on 22 September, in aid of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research under the patronage of Prince Albert of Monaco. Paul set to work in his Hout Bay studio in Cape Town and describes the end product as similar to an "ancient treasure chest", distinguishable by its unique scribbles. He used an impasto technique, scratching lines and drawings into thick industrial paste, and the result is rather striking. The concept and personal meaning of time shifted after Paul was recently diagnosed with cancer, which also gave the TAG Heuer project added significance. He says, "As an artist it always feels like I am running out of time because there is so much I still want to create. It is amazing how time now becomes part of my art in the form of a watch." The notable collaboration is being showcased in a world tour currently underway, featuring exhibitions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Geneva. Images: Gregor Rohrig