« I wanted this creation to be the expression of the beauty, complexity, and fragility of life. »
John-Mikaël Flaux - independant watchmaker


Through this creation, John-Mikaël Flaux expresses a deep “desire for harmony”, believing in the possibility of a balanced coexistence between humans, technology and nature. Through his symbolic choice of the bee, an emblem used by various ancient civilisations, including the Egyptians, the artist seeks to transmit this harmony between humanity and nature, highlighting the connection between the living and the artificial.

In the watchmaking mechanism integrated into the bee, the artist aims to bring this creature to life while expressing the precision, delicacy and complexity invisible to the naked eye. The work is also a kind of cry in the face of the threat of the disappearance of bees, underlining the fragility of this natural balance. 

The representation of the bee as a timepiece, with its sting indicating the time on a rotating base, is a reminder of the importance of time, and offers a marvellous reading of it. It's a work that transcends apparent beauty to provoke a profound reflection on our relationship with nature and the passing of time.


The body of the bee (which is like a case) is made of patinated and gilded silver with a brushed finish for the patinated parts and a polished finish for the gilded parts (rings, among others). The dial-base ensemble and bee are covered by a glass bell protecting them from dust.

In the base, there is a fixed central wheel and a satellite wheel engaging with the bee. The bee will be able, driven by its own force, to rotate in 12 hours on itself.


The bee can be easily disconnected from the base. Lift it upward. To put the bee back on the base and find a time indication, just put it back in its initial position. A discreet tube under the abdomen of the bee then engages with the satellite wheel. The current time can be freely chosen by pointing the sting forward.


Case and dial