The Chamber Of Wonders By Girard-Perregaux, A Magnificent Trio Of Artistic Timepieces
Girard-Perregaux, an acclaimed Swiss luxury watchmaker has released three stunning limited edition timepieces, part of The Chamber of Wonders Collection.
The Chamber of Wonders is a trio of Girard-Perregaux 1966 wristwatches with dials decorated with miniatures of maps creating using artisanal techniques like marquetry and miniature painting.
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 Pearl Of Wonders – a reproduction of a map drawn in the first half of the 15th century by historian Ibn al-Wardi, and it is inspired by Ptolemaic astronomy. Bodies of water and important geography centered on the Arabian Peninsula are sketched out in blue sodalite stone. The stone is manually cut, polished and engraved. Intricate scalpel work traces out papyrus, and then the two surfaces are combined, painted for a minimum of 28 hours and subsequently lacquered.
# The Terrestrial Map – it pays homage to a map of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit astronomer who spent his expeditionary life in China and was one of the first westerners to be allowed within the Forbidden City. The timepiece incorporates jade stone just 0.70 mm thick, which is then carefully painted with India ink for at least 17 hours.
# The New World – a cartographic reproduction attributed to Sebastian Münster. A mosaic of three stones, blue and pink aventurine, calcite and nephrite is required to form the dial. Each stone is 0.5 mm after a vigorous manual polishing operation, and each dial requires around 95 hours to assemble.