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Ode to the Universe by Girard-Perregaux
With its new Chamber of Wonders collection, Girard-Perregaux brand adds three new timer to their horologic family...
These watches are adorned with magnificent dials to celebrate our universe, that is, the part of the universe we know by now. Presented at this year's Baselworld fair, this collection pays tribute to all the scholars and their beautiful vision of the world.
With casings that are made of pink gold with a diameter of 40 mm, each of these watches is powered by superb GP03300-0060 movement with automatic winding and power reserve of 46 hours. They are paired with a black alligator strap that is held in place with a buckle made of pink gold, but it is better to take a closer look at each of them.
First watch that you can see is the Celestial Globe, and was inspired by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, a Franciscan monk, Cosmographer, map maker, publishers and encyclopaedic, who designed two giant globes in Paris, to show his respect for King Louis XIV.
Two globes that were his work, one of the earth and other of the space, are reflecting the sky as it was at the time of the birth of the monarch, including 1,880 celestial bodies that form the 72 constellations, which were hand-painted by Jean-Baptiste Corneille. Domed sapphire dial of this watch is also hand painted, and his cuts are filled with gold powder.
The following watch is Center of The Universe, Earth, inspired by the work of Ptolemy. This astronomer, mathematician and geographer is known for his geocentric model of the universe.
Designed with the help of stone marquetry and decorated by the best artists of miniatures, this watch contains materials that represent different shades of blue, such as lapis lazuli and aventurine, as well as those which reflect the warm white tones to simulate shades of our planet.
And finally, there is the Center of The Universe, Sun, which pays tribute to astronomer Nicholas Copernicus and his vision, which explained and made clear that the sun is actually a fixed point in space around which revolve all the celestial bodies.
This beautiful timepiece has details of aventurine and gray jade, which are mixed with shades of dark and pale orange jasper, to show us the magic of this 24-hour renaissance.
Which one do you like best?
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