THE TIME OF TRAVEL
« There is nothing as precious as the brief moment right before starting a journey. » Milan Kundera
Whether timetables for trains, planes and boats, car speedometers or time zones, it’s plain to see how the very notions of time and travel often go side y side.
For timepieces are a traveller’s best friends, Maison Goyard has always paid a special attention to them, as clearly evidenced by one of its most emblematic creations: the iconic wardrobe trunk is equipped with a special compartment tray ingeniously built into the upper drawer, and conceived to safely store a traveller’s most valuable items: jewellery, cufflinks, collar stays and, above all, a most necessary alarm clock…
With the fast development of the car industry and the boom in mass tourism in the early 20th century, Goyard started developing innovative products such as an ingenious leather and wood box to be encased into the dashboard of a car, and especially designed to display a mechanical watch meant to be easily visible to the driver, or a leather bag featuring a timepiece on one side imagined for a car racer customer.
But as far as timepieces are concerned, it’s undoubtedly the trunk imagined for Sir Conan Doyle in 1925 that stands out. The literary father of Sherlock Holmes asked Robert Goyard to craft a trunk unlike any other, which he could use as an office when travelling. Among the many technical innovations devised for this ground-breaking item, the state-of-the-art mechanical watch with an enamel dial engraved with « Goyard, 233, rue Saint-Honoré » that is cleverly encased right above the foldable desk clearly steals the show.
The art of box making applied to timepieces remains to this day one of Goyard’s most unique and remarkable historical skills, as exemplified by the sleek and contemporary travel watchcase shown in the above picture. At once light, stylish and robust, this soft, ergonomic item is covered with Goyardine and lined with fine lamb leather. It is part of a range of products dedicated to safely storing timepieces, which also includes outstanding watch-boxes, to be discovered in Goyard boutiques around the world.