Unveiled at Basel-world 2005, this collection pays homage to Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875), the Danish author known world-wide for his fairy tales. These unique watches were launched to mark the 200th anniversary celebration of H.C. Andersen in 2005.
The Homage to Hans Christian Andersen collection consisted of two «Montres à Tact» models , one with a hand-engraved portrait, and one with a hand-painted miniature illustration of the fairy tale «The Tinder-Box».
The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is known world-wide for his fairy tales. In the years 1831 to 1872 he was one of the most travelled celebrities and visited 11 European countries. At that time it took days and weeks to travel by stage-coach, sailing-ship and the upcoming first railway connections from Copenhagen to Berlin, Paris, Munich, Rom and his favourite destination: Switzerland.
He visited this mountainous country, so different from his flat homeland Denmark, 12 times. In 1833 he spent several weeks in the horological city of Le Locle with a family of watchmakers in order to learn French.
Hour (two displays)
750 (18K) red gold, 42 mm
Top: Hand-painted miniature and Sapphire crystal
Middle: Opening between the two attachments, fitted with a sapphire crystal, for 2nd time indication
Back: Time-setting corrector and Commemorative Hommage à H.C. Andersen engraving
Pièce unique – Le Briquet inscription
Hand-sewn chestnut brown crocodile leather, pin buckle