The unbiased watchmaker recognized for its dedication to artisanal watchmaking has joined forces with the highest British luxurious life-style model Asprey. Collectively they’ve created a surprising new wristwatch – Heures du Monde – in celebration of worldwide journey.
Remembering a bygone period
Evoking the glamour and magnificence of the mid-Twentieth century Golden Age of journey, the timepiece boasts a chic design and detailed craftsmanship. It harks again to a interval when the then novelty of intercontinental journey, created a necessity for prestigious worldwide wristwatches, displaying all 24 time zones without delay. This Twenty first-century Heures du Monde is one for discerning collectors, restricted to simply 24 items; fusing ANDERSEN Genève’s distinctive design and technical DNA with the storied heritage of the Home of Asprey, it’s one thing very particular.
Based within the late 18th century, London-based Asprey has included generations of royalty, world leaders and world tastemakers amongst its clientele, and continues to be pioneering in its work with unbiased artisans. In the meantime, ANDERSEN Genève was based by the famend watchmaker Svend Andersen in 1980, after he honed his experience whereas working within the Grand Issues Workshop of Patek Philippe. In 1990, a decade after founding his personal atelier, he produced his debut world timer, the Communication 24, impressed by Louis Cottier, inventor of the complication within the Thirties. This was adopted by fashions together with the Christopher Columbus, the Mundus and the Tempus Terrae editions – all wanted by worldwide collectors.
That includes uncommon BlueGold
The Heures du Monde has many recognisable options; a restrained 39mm world timer with a curved, three-part case in 5N purple gold, distinctive angular lugs (as seen on ANDERSEN Genève watches just like the Secular Perpetual Calendar (1996) and the Orbita Lunae (2002), and a 21-carat BlueGold dial with a fancy guilloché engraving impressed by a historic Asprey engine turning sample. This BlueGold impact is achieved by mixing the valuable steel with iron parts and heat-treating to show it into this vibrant shade of blue, providing a singular tonality for every dial (so far, ANDERSEN Genève is the one watchmaker to have mastered this course of). And for the very first time, Asprey’s intricate diamond-shaped signature seems on a watch dial, engraved into the floor by a technique of conventional hand guilloché.
Asprey’s scrolled emblem additionally seems on the underside half of the dial; a function harking back to among the world’s most essential mid-Century watches. As Asprey was chargeable for introducing Patek Philippe to the UK, its emblem adorned midcentury dials by makers reminiscent of Jaeger-leCoultre, Rolex and the Patek Philippe reference 2499 in yellow gold, which set a world file when it was auctioned in 2018 for CHF 3.9 million (£3,370,000). Heures du Monde additionally boasts ANDERSEN Genève’s modernist A-shaped palms in a surprising brushed end.
The case again has Cotes de Genève and perlage ornamental finishes, with the motion completed by hand utilizing particular sharpening of the wheels, ratchet tooth and mirror polished screws. The rotor is in BlueGold with a hand guilloché ornament within the historic Asprey sample.
Whether or not within the ANDERSEN Genève atelier on the banks of the Rhone, in Geneva or La Chaux-de-Fonds, each single part of this new watch is Swiss made, in partnership with essentially the most passionate and expert craftspeople, with no compromise on high quality.