The Chamber of Wonders by Girard-Perregaux

This year at Baselworld, Girard-Perregaux debuted The Chamber of Wonders which consists of three artistic models within the 1966 collection. The three dials are distinguished by three historic maps: The Pearl of Wonders , The Terrestrial Map and The New World “Novus Orbis .” Each version is limited to 18 pieces and comes in a 40 mm pink gold case, powered by GP caliber 3300 automatic movement. The New World “Novus Orbis” is pictured in this post (Ref. 49534-52-R06-BB60), and its dial design is based on the work of Sebastian Münster (1488-1552). According to Girard-Perregaux the Novus Orbis is, ‘The most colorful of the maps contained in La Chambre des Merveilles, it displays creative fields populated with fragments organized into a mosaic. It is made with genuine stone marquetry, blending the tones of blue and pink aventurine, calcite and Canadian nephrite. It takes about 95 hours to make a single dial. The finely selected stones are carved into mini-disks which, at the end of a manual polishing operation, reach 0.50 mm. The cutting and assembly of these micro-stones require extraordinary meticulousness, patience and artistry. The technique gives the impression that the land on the map floats, reinforced by the artist’s micro-painting in six different tones.”

Wrist Watches from Famous Auto Brands

The tradition of producing wrist watches under auto brand name starts in the early 20 th century when the first wrist watch has appeared. Many legendary car manufacturers produce their own line of watches dedicated to anniversaries and special occasions in the life of brands. Most auto makers have contracts with famous watch companies and produce watches with their labels. But some auto makers such as Lamborghini and Porsche prefer to have their own watch factory and produce their own wrist watches. These watches from the first sketches to design of gift packaging are entirely made by specialists of legendary auto brands.