Girard-Perregaux’s Le Corbusier watch collection
Reportedly named the Le Corbusier collection, the series encompasses the names of the three cities which the fabled 20th century architect, writer and designer used to consider home – Marseille and Paris in France and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
Celebrating Le Corbusier’s place of birth, the La Chaux-de-Fonds by Girard-Perregaux timepiece is available at $53,000. La Chaux-de-Fonds is also the homebase of Girard-Perregaux, which makes this piece quite special for the fabled manufacturer of watches as well. The wristwatch boasts with a bas-relief on the mother of pearl dial, reminder of one of the early works of the fabled designer.
In 1917, Le Corbusier had moved to Paris. Girard-Perregaux honors this fact through the Paris timepiece, retailing for $21,300. Its design is a reminiscent of the chaise lounge, principle created by Le Corbusier. In addition, the timepiece boasts with a figure displayed three times on its dial, honoring the applied perception of light in the vision of Le Corbusier, golden ratio and the modular system of architectural proportion.
Bearing a price tag of $31,900, the last of the three, the Marseille, features the same material Le Corbusier had used in the construction of Cité Radieuse – concrete. Its dial was crafted from concrete, which had taken the manufacturer three days to pour, dry and hand finish.