The Chamber of Wonders
May 12, 2015
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.”