Charriol’s respect for the 15th century Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus was first captured in a watch collection in 1983. Philippe Charriol, inspired by the adventurer spirit of the famed seafarer, created a line of watches in homage to this enterprising spirit.
In 2013, the year of Charriol’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the Maison released a trio of fine handmade horology timepieces, including the limited series 300-piece COLVMBVS™ Grande Date GMT, as part of the ever-evolving COLVMBVS™ line. The Grande Date GMT includes a Grande Date Technotime 651 movement with GMT module, as well as a decorated oscillating weight.
Charriol now presents a new variant of this timepiece; with a striking black dial set in a rose gold PVD case. Special finishings on the dial include a guilloché sunray motif, sun-brushed central dial and circular brushed seconds counter. The Grande Date display is indicated via a strikingsystem of double-discs.
As with others in the collection, the rose gold PVD case is embellished with interlocking teeth that are reminiscent of a compass rose: a nod to the collection’s nautical origins. Additional nautical details are elegantly integrated into the watch. The crown echoes the shape of a clevis, a type of pin commonly found on ship’s rigging. The sapphire case back, shows the inner workings of this automatic timepiece, and the glass is etched with a profile of Christopher Columbus.