Thomas Mercer has created a special edition of the Greenwich Marine Chronometer in partnership with Foglizzo Leather.
Founded 1921 in Turin, the Foglizzo brand is a world leader in the design and development of high quality leathers for clients who require exclusivity and individual customization. Building on the experience gained from its long heritage of crafting leather for the restoration of antique cars, today the Italian company supplies exclusive high quality leather to the yachting, aviation, motor and residential interior design industries.
Established in London in 1858, Thomas Mercer is a name forever synonymous with the marine chronometer, the timekeeper invented for determining longitude at sea. Today the company diligently and proudly upholds the tradition of British clock-making by manufacturing exclusive marine and table chronometers that grace the interiors of the finest yachts and residences.
Inspired by the beautiful marine chronometers jealously guarded today in Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory, and once upon a time used in ships’ wheelhouses to navigate, explore and map the world, the Greenwich vaunts a fine cabinet veneered in Macassar ebony with inlays in satinwood. Its traditionally finished silvered dial boasts two distinctive apertures displaying the intricate mechanism featuring the sine-qua-non specifications of a marine chronometer: chain-fusee drive and spring detent escapement.
This special execution is enriched with a truly beautiful map, painstakingly crafted by Foglizzo and depicting the Atlantic Challenge, the legendary ocean crossing made by Sir Francis Chichester in 1971, in which he broke the solo sailing speed barrier of 200 nautical miles a day, navigating his Gipsy Moth V and using Thomas Mercer chronometer no. 23543 for calculating longitude.
The new-born masterpiece was unveiled during the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, held from the 27th to the 30th of September.