Itay Noy has designs on our time – literally. The youthful-looking fortysomething Jaffa-based artist takes what was once a mostly functional apparatus and turns it into a unique thing of alluring beauty.The said device is a chronometer – a.k.a. watch or clock – and Noy has been putting his individual aesthetic stamp on timekeeping accessories for some years. Several of his eye-catching creations will be on display to the general public at the Museum for Islamic Art, from December 8, as part of the Modern Times exhibition.There is, of course, no better place to lay on a show of custom-made crafted watches than the Jerusalem institution which, according to Noy, contains “the world’s most important clock.” The pièce de résistance in question is the Marie Antoinette Clock, which the 18th-century queen of France ordered from master clockmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. The notoriously spendthrift monarch told the Swiss-born horologist to spare no expense, and to take as much time as he needed. Unfortunately for the queen, within a few years the French Revolution put an end to her ostentatious lifestyle. She was dispatched to the guillotine, while the order was eventually completed some 30 years later.