Haute horology brand Ateliers deMonaco made appearance at this year’s WatchTime New York event, joining 29 other brands at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 13-14 .
the brand presented a new, unique piece meant to honor the historical casino found in the indie brand’s hometown of Monaco: the Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo.
The Casino of Monte-Carlo is one of the most famous buildings within the city-state of Monaco. It was founded in 1863, with major renovations to the building following in 1910, and since its beginnings has been a regional hub for cultural life.
Ateliers deMonaco wanted to produce a watch that showcased this history, and from this inspiration came the unique piece. The watch has a 44-mm white gold case with a titanium core featuring both hand-brushing and polishing throughout, and is secured to the wrist using a black alligator strap with a white-gold and titanium folding buckle.
The dial is where much of the homage lies, with three distinct layers of white gold hand-engraved to display a picture of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and with “lozenge”-style applied hour indexes meant to symbolize the brand and the crest of the principality.
The three gold dial plates together display the palm tree-lined avenue and the steps of the Casino, leading up to the building’s front and its famous domes; at the top of the dial are the clouds and sky of Monaco overhanging the monument. Towards the bottom of the dial is an open-heart tourbillon, with a sapphire bridge meant to represent the Casino’s central fountain, and passing over the expert engraving are two dauphine hands for the hours and minutes.
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