GP Girard Perregaux repeats the traditional glory of the Cabinets of Curiosities. It is inspired by the treasures from the Renaissance Europe, and perfectly displays the Chamber of Wonders Box watch. With this special name, it opens a new door to watchmaking, leading watch fans into a place full of beautiful treasures: including exploring endless secrets, brilliant stories, natural accessories, and various rare treasures …
Through the skilled craftsmen, based on many fine gems and other materials, with a lot of fine painting details, this set of Chambers of Wonders miracle box series watches, in the limited square inch space of the dial, will be three different time Enchanted into the eternal magic of painting
Girard-Perregaux’s three new watch themes interpreted through outstanding knowledge and craftsmanship
Appreciating the world through different era backgrounds
The early maps seemed to accumulate geographic knowledge, because the civilizations that produced these icons were full of imaginative quotes and less complete scientific concepts. Through their interpretation of space and boundaries, they described the self-confidence of the people at the time, and claimed to be the center of the world. Like poets, writers, scientists, and explorers, inspired by the constant pursuit of knowledge, the designers of these maps often depict neighboring countries as places full of strange creatures. The size of frontiers, rivers, and regions have all emerged through cross-disciplinary science, but there are still many unknown worlds to explore. At that time, scientific observation was often influenced by the collective subconscious mind. It is also therefore surprising that these maps still convey a correlation of time and space. Time is a friend of knowledge, and with the emergence of new messages from generation to generation, these boundaries have gradually changed.
The Pearl of Wonders is inspired by the historical map drawn by historian Wardy in the first 15th century
A new series to pay tribute to past map masters
Three brand new watch themes interpreted through outstanding knowledge and craftsmanship. Three different ages and different worlds include: The Pearl of Wonders, Terrestrial Map, and The New World. Renaissance images are timeless on the dials of three Girard-Perregaux watches. Three rose gold GP1966 watches with self-winding self-made movements present completely different perspectives and emotions. The gorgeous GP03300 movement born in the watchmaking factory echoes the long-standing tradition of Girard-Perregaux watches, as well as absolute precision and high reliability. The main floor and bridge are chamfered, with charming round patterns and Geneva ripples. It is completed with 205 components, provides a power reserve of more than 46 hours, and the movement vibrates 28,000 times per hour. With a diameter of 25.60 mm (11 ½ cents) and a thickness of 4.20 mm, it can be perfectly matched with a delicate and elegant rose gold case, all developed and completed in the watch factory. The perfect and harmonious design, combined with a polished arc bezel, enhances its thinness.
The craftsman spent a lot of time carefully drawing the dial of The Pearl of Wonders
The Pearl of Wonders
This map, like the circumference of a classic watch, was drawn by the historian Ibn al-Wardi in the first half of the 15th century. This is a map full of rich historical stories. First, it was drawn according to Ptolemy’s theory. Ptolemy was an Egyptian astronomer and astrologist in ancient Greece. He lived in Alexandria in the early part of the second century prehistoric and was known as the father of geography. This world map depicts the turning point between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the influence of Arab culture on other civilizations. In the Middle Ages, Arabian astronomy was quite advanced. They were able to explain astrology, map the sky, and make observation instruments such as astrological disks more accurate.
The Pearl of Wonders watch with GP03300-0060 automatic mechanical movement, limited to 18 pieces worldwide
The place of pilgrimage with the Arabian Peninsula as its core, like a fabulous map line, allows people to identify the Africa to which the Nile originates. The river, represented by broad blue lines, suddenly flows into the Mediterranean at a vertical angle. In the center of the picture, surrounded by the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and extending to the Arabian Peninsula of the Indian Ocean, it is a semi-circular land. Other visible elements include the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, and the distant India, the Hinter River, and China.
Materials and techniques used
If we want to commemorate such an ancient history, what better than isodalite with low-silicon quality? Its blue and transparent crystal structure can make this historical knowledge show more perfect depth.
This sodalite is famous for its hardness. It is cut into 0.07 mm discs from the original stones, polished by hand, and then carved by hand. It takes 4 hours to sculpt with a small knife before you can place a piece of mosaic papyrus with a thickness of 0.25 mm. Locked with two pieces of stainless steel to make the surface completely flat. At this time, parchment became a special material for expressing the land. It took 28 hours for the skilled painter to fully understand the outline of the ancient map. It then covers the artwork with lacquer and becomes a protective film to protect and stabilize the map. The entire dial takes about 50 hours of patience to complete this pearl miracle.
The New World
Since the beginning of modern cartography, 142 maps have been produced by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552). He was a German scholar who moved to Basel, Switzerland due to conversion to Protestant teachings. His work ‘New World Novus Orbis’ seems to encourage everyone to explore the unknown journey, while his most important work ‘Cosmographia Universalis’ contains rich icons and detailed maps. This multi-disciplinary and knowledgeable scholar and teacher is also a Latin translator, historian, astronomer and mathematician.
The New World watch reproduces Muster’s rich icons and maps in colorful colors
That year, with the help of more than 120 employees and the use of advanced technology at the time, this ultimate work was finally completed. Among them was the most outstanding woodcarving artist of the time: Little Hans. Hans Holbein the younger, Urs Graf, Hans. Rudolph. Mannell. Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, David Kandel. His style showed rich and rich geographic information, which was very helpful to those who wanted to understand the style of life at the time. His work has also become an extremely important research basis, and by this he compares many large-scale urban evolution models. Such content is particularly significant for La Chaux-de-Fonds, the home of GP Girard-Perregaux, one of the watchmaking towns listed in the United Nations World Heritage. Girard-Perregaux decided to honour this outstanding man known as one of the most important figures in modern cartography with a superb watch.
Exquisite cutting of precious stones
This most colorful map in the Chamber of Wonders collection consists of many fragments of colors, combined with creative mosaic stitching, using precious stones, combining blue and pink Tangling Stone, calcite, Canadian soft Jade interwoven. Each dial requires 95 hours to complete. The selected stones are carefully carved into small discs and polished by hand to a thickness of only 0.50 mm. The cutting and assembling of these small gems need the precision, patience and artistic ingenuity of the craftsmen. Through these extreme techniques, the land on the map seems to float up. With sophisticated drawing skills, it is more prominent in six different shades. .
The New World watch is equipped with GP03300-0060 automatic mechanical movement, limited to 18 pieces worldwide
Girard-Perregaux chose to display the ancient Chinese map in a circle, inspired by Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit believer. Matteo Ricci was a theologian, philosopher, mathematician, cosmologist, and astronomer. The missionary had long been a missionary in Asia. He arrived in Macau in 1582 and settled the rest of his life in China. He shared his knowledge with local scholars and officials and became the first Westerner to be allowed into the Forbidden City. During the Ming Dynasty, he translated maps that changed global geography to China.
GP Girard-Perregaux chose to display an ancient map of China in a circle, inspired by the Italian Jesuit believer Matteo Ricci
Just as the eulogy of exploring new lands was praised at that time, five continents appeared on this land map. Even if Libya is the representative of Africa and Australia is represented by Australia, the four oceans are fully marked. Other exquisite features are displayed in Chinese, showing extremely amazing geographic and astronomical precision: The Nile is the longest river in the world, the earth is round, and the differences between day and night time appear here. The earth and some other planets The distance is also explained by the table.
The Terrestrial Map watch uses white jade as the cornerstone of the dial, and experienced painters make detailed drawings to reproduce the historical map.
Use of natural materials and Indian ink painting
In this rare work, Girard Perregaux chose pure white jade as the cornerstone, and the transparent lines show depth. On each side of the dial, a piece of jade sculpture is used to form a thin disc. Through fine polishing, the ideal thickness (0.70 mm) is created, and the surface is completely flat. Next, an experienced painting craftsman needs to invest 17 hours to carry out detailed drawing and finish it with natural Indian ink and special adhesive. The speed of ink drying is extremely fast, so the brush strokes should not hesitate. Use confident and talented strokes to outline the lines. The light and shadow effects presented are cleverly original. The completely accurate interpretation of the gray hue outlines the subtle arcs of the coast and the ground, and the well-known earth and historical relief effects are presented here.
Terrestrial Map watch with automatic mechanical movement GP03300-0060, limited to 18 pieces worldwide