Limited Edition: 30 pieces
Size: 17 inches
Weight: 2 lbs.
More at home on a bookshelf than the ballpark, America’s PasTime is instantly recognizable as a sculpture crafted by the artisans at Berd Vay’e. It's a high-end take on souvenir mini bats that unites the worlds of sports and horology. Inside the 17-inch transparent bat are slivers of Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Ian Happ’s wooden bat, which appear to float among a galaxy of gleaming vintage watch parts. Limited to 30 pieces, America’s PasTime comes with a clear Lucite stand for display and a custom bag for storage.
Happ, a longtime watch enthusiast, says he was eager to collaborate with Berd Vay’e and create something that incorporates two of his biggest passions. “I love watches because they tell stories about your life,” he explained. “I tend to buy watches either when a season is over or just beginning. Those pieces always take me back to those moments, which is a nice way to remember a time and place and to think about what those moments mean to me.”
America’s PasTime is available exclusively from Goldsmith & Complications, whose founder, Danny Goldsmith, played a key role in its creation. “Danny and I have been thinking about collaborating on a project for a while,” Happ said. “We were talking one day, and Berd Vay’e came up. We love what they do and agreed they would bring baseball and watchmaking together in an extraordinary way. Now that I’ve seen the bat it in person, I know we made the right call. I think people who like watches and baseball are going to really enjoy it.”