The Word x Komono: Time is of the essence

In our continuing collaboration with Antwerp-based Belgian watch brand Komono to celebrate the release of its latest model, the Walther, we pick the brains of three Brussels-based creatives to find out how they like to spend – or waste – their time.

The Walther is available online at and at selected watch stores in Belgium.

Damîen Bertelle-Rogier

In my line of work, greatness reveals itself with time. It’s important to accept that fact, and to not try and make any shortcuts. Which has proven, for me at least, a crucial exercise in patience and perseverance. I’ve learned to accept time for what it is and for what it does. The only thing that scares me is time’s effects on my body as I grow older. Just like most people, I happen to waste time quite often while I’m on my computer, but I nonetheless do my best to keep to it, with a little help from my Moleskine agenda, my phone and, ideally, a watch – which should above everything be an elegant and discrete object.

Damîen Bertelle-Rogier (1984) is the founder and director of Super Dakota, a Brussels contemporary art gallery that was founded in 2013. His most memorable moment in time was a trip to St-Petersburg in 2015, although he won’t tell you why, because what happens in Russia stays in Russia.

Gilles Vanneste

My relationship to time is a complicated one. On one hand, it generates a permanent conflict between projection and allusion. On the other hand, it is a bit like a parental figure, a mixture of authority and gentleness, both loved and obeyed. Luckily, I have quite a powerful internal clock (although, for very serious appointments I might set an alarm). The rise of mobile phones has, in a way, eliminated the need for watches, yet fond as I am for everything that has a unique function, I expect for a watch to be nothing more than an intrinsically beautiful object.

Gilles Vanneste (1972) divides his time between Brussels and Paris organizing his itinerant concept Les Actionnaires and admits to wasting quite some time watching tv (or recovering from hangovers).

Etienne Courtois

Time usually takes care of things, albeit with some sort of elasticity when it comes down to work. There’s a lot that can happen in a small amount of time, just like spending much of it on other things can equally lead to nothing. I don’t really fear time; I just want more of it – although I’d probably waste more of it, as well. An ironic twist to this is that the more time you’ve spent, the faster it seems to pass. I think we all have our own perception of time; we measure it in our own way. Trees measure it beautifully, as do hourglasses. I like to believe that you can go back in time by turning over the hourglass. And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s losing time in queues and in traffic jams. For me, a good way of wasting time is procrastinating, typically when aiming at some sort of perfection in my work, as I tend to use that to make useless stuff – that nonetheless can lead to something, you never know.

Etienne Courtois is a visual artist that lives and works in Brussels, whose most memorable moment will probably happen tomorrow.