Thursday, February 19, 2015

SAINT HONORE - The “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece

To mark its 130th anniversary, SAINT HONORE has designed a collector's timepiece: the first ever to be made from a piece of metal girder from the world's most famous monument. SAINT HONORE has used this precious component to make the bezel, its decoration and brown colour an unmistakable reference to the French monument.
The bezel surrounds a raised dial based on the same architecture; at its centre, it reveals the wheel train of the automatic mechanical movement specially personalised by SAINT HONORE.
Mounted on an elegant brown “croco design” leather strap, the “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece has been manufactured in a limited series of 1,885 pieces in steel (in homage to the year the watchmaking house was established), offering a unique opportunity to wear on your wrist an exceptional symbol of France and the technological genius of Gustave Eiffel.
42 mm steel case, bezel carved from a piece of the Eiffel Tower decorated with a diamond motif, silver open dial echoing the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, Sellita SW 200 automatic movement, personalised oscillating weight and crown, date, sapphire glass, water resistant to 50 m, brown faux crocodile skin strap with an “Tour Eiffel” pin buckle, limited series of 1,885 pieces in steel, collector’s case, certificate of authenticity signed by the Eiffel Tower Committee (SETE), made in Switzerland.
Technical details
Model: The “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece
42 mm steel case
Bezel carved from a piece of the Eiffel Tower decorated with decor “croisillons”
Silver open dial echoing the architecture of the Eiffel Tower
Sellita SW 200 automatic movement
Personalised oscillating weight and crown
Sapphire glass
Water resistant to 50 m
Brown “croco design” leather strap with an “Eiffel Tower” pin buckle
Limited Edition of 1885 pieces in steel
Collector’s case
Certificate of authenticity signed by the Eiffel Tower Committee (SETE)

Standing beside the river Seine, the tower designed by Gustave Eiffel was built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, celebrating the centenary of the French Revolution. At 324 metres high, made up of 18,000 structural metal parts and 2,500,000 rivets, its slender outline is recognised around the world (seven million visitors ascend in its lifts or climb its 1,665 steps every year), but the Eiffel Tower could have looked very different. The challenge laid down to architects was to “erect on the Champs de Mars an iron tower with a square base, 125 metres wide and 300 metres high”.

Engineers were free to extrapolate from these specifications and to allow their imagination to run free. No less than 107 projects were submitted, each one more audacious than the last! In the end, Eiffel’s project was chosen, and work began in 1887. A total of 5,300 plans and drawings were produced to enable 132 workmen to assemble the pieces, which had been prefabricated in a workshop, an extraordinary technical feat for the times. Two years later, on 15 May 1889, the first visitor was able to admire the whole of Paris from the top of the famous Eiffel Tower.

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