La Liberté Éclairant le Monde
LIMITED EDITION OF 12 PIECES
Exclusively available at Rostovsky watches
Functions: hour, minute, second
Size: 38 x 9,5 mm
Case material: Titanium and 18Kt white gold rivets
Dial and hands material: sapphire crystal filled with luminescent porcelain
Balance frequency: 21’600 v.p.h.
Jewels: 30 rubies
Winding: automatic, fitted with the patented VH « mysterious » winding mass
Power reserve: 56 hours
In 1886 France gifted America The Liberty Enlightening the World statue to celebrate one hundred years of Independence. As a testimony of the friendship between these two nations this sculpture became an obvious source of inspiration. The strong bond she represents, showcasing liberty and independence as well as the era during which she was made are cherished elements, both in my work and life.
To honor this connection I was inspired to create a timepiece encompassing two of these fundamental values; Liberty and Independence.
The dial carries in its center the outline of the island’s eleven-pointed star fortification. Liberty’s crown design is reflected around the dial and the numerals are styled from 18th century dollar notes. The color was carefully selected to mimic the greenback, a perfect symbol and instrument of people’s freedom.
For the first time I have used sapphire crystal as a material in which to cut the hands and dial. The display is luminescent so as to shine Liberty’s light day and night, as the original conceptor of the statue Edouard René de Laboulaye intended: « Elle surgira du sein des flots, et représentera La Liberté éclairant le monde. La nuit, une auréole lumineuse partant de son front, rayonnera au loin sur la mer immense ».
The seconds hand is Liberty’s pure golden radiance, poised and balanced by her torch burning in the wind.
To complete the piece the automatic « mysterious » winding mass is inscribed with the original name of the sculpture « La Liberté Éclairant le Monde ».
This watch is a nod to the American Dream and to my US friends who have supported me over the years, helping to keep my creations free and independent.
May Independence and Liberty exist for all mankind through eternity!