Luxury Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux (owned by PPR Group) is the latest to join in on the architectural collaborations with the introduction of the Le Corbusier Trilogy. Each of the three timepieces represents one of the cities Le Corbusier, né Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, called home: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; Paris; and Marseille, France.
The first in the series, La Chaux-de-Fonds, debuted this week. Retailing at 41,000 euros, and named for Girard-Perregaux’s homebase and the architect’s birthplace, it features one of his early works reproduced through a bas-relief of a mother-of-pearl dial.
Paris, marks the city Le Corbusier moved to in 1917. The watch pays tribute to his time as a furniture maker by pairing a steel case with a cowhide strap, evocative of the chaise lounge he once created. His modular system of architectural proportion, the golden ratio, and applied perception of light are reinterpreted through a figure etched three times on the face. (19.000 euros)
Marseille pays homage to the cement of Cité Radieuse, a housing structure the architect built in Marseille — through a concrete dial that took three days to pour, dry, and hand finish.(28,000 euros)
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