In La Chaux-de-Fonds yesterday, Girard-Perregaux unveiled its new Le Corbusier Trilogy of timepieces – in honor of the internationally renowned architect who hailed from that region.
The trilogy is inspired by his iconic designs and villas and includes a Vintage 1945 le Corbusier La Chaux-de-Fonds watch with inlaid mother of pearl dial that is created by hand and takes seven days to complete each dial ($53,200); a Vintage 1945 Le Corbusier Paris with a metal dial commemorating his contributions to the decorative arts. The hand-engraved dial reflects his Modulor system of architectural proportion and retails for $21,300.
But perhaps the most unusual piece is the Vintage 1945 Le Corbusier Marseille — inspired by Le Corbusier’s Cite Radieuse (Radiant City), which was built from rough-cast reinforced concrete (steel and concrete). With this in mind, this third component of the watch trilogy features a concrete dial requiring three days to pour, dry and meticulously hand-finish. So what does one pay for a concrete dialed timepiece by Girard-Perregaux? A hard and fast $31,900 – but then it’s a concrete deal