ANDERSEN Genève has announced the launch of two magnificent, gem-set versions of its iconic Tempus Terrae, among the most elegant and distinctive examples of the Worldtime complication ever made.
ANDERSEN Genève founder Svend Andersen developed his expertise in worldtime watches while working in the Grand Complications Workshop of Patek Philippe in the 1970s. In 1990, a decade after founding his eponymous atelier, he produced his debut Worldtimer, the Communication 24 – a stunning watch inspired by Louis Cottier, inventor of the complication in the 1930s.
Since then, ANDERSEN Genève’s numerous worldtime models have been celebrated by collectors worldwide for their elegance, ingenuity and finesse. Most recently, a limited edition of 10 ‘Celestial Voyager Sunset over Cappadocia’ watches made in collaboration with Benjamin Chee Haute Horlogerie (BCHH), featured bespoke cloisonné enamel dials, each of which was unique.
For 2022, ANDERSEN Genève presents two new editions of the acclaimed Tempus Terrae Worldtime, first introduced in 2015 and featuring the brand’s in-house Worldtime module. As always, technical perfection is paired with matchless decorative craftsmanship.
Both watches feature bezels decorated with exquisite and flawless blue baguette gemstones, one with Aquamarine baguettes and one with blue Sapphire. For each watch, there are 36 perfectly cut stones weighing a total of 2.25ct, set into the graceful Tempus Terrae case in white gold. Notable for its angular ‘broken’ lugs and dual crowns (a tribute to Cottier), the case is sumptuously polished and finished by hand.
The sparkling blue of the gem-setting matches that of the central dial of BlueGold, itself an ANDERSEN Genève calling card, hand-engraved with an undulating Tapisserie guilloché motif. To achieve 21ct BlueGold, 24ct gold mixed with iron elements is heated in an oven, turning it a radiant shade of blue. In this completely artisanal process, no two dials emerge from the oven with quite the same tonality, making every dial unique. The pairing of the textured BlueGold dial and a bezel of shimmering blue gems is nothing less than captivating.
The hunter case back discloses the movement and the rotor made of 21ct BlueGold Tapisserie guilloché motive. Every component of the movement has been textured, decorated and polished using traditional handcraft techniques. From the hand-chamfering and mirror-polishing of the ratchet and crown wheels to the delicate snailing of the winding mechanism and the flawless gleam of the tiniest wheels, each of which are individually tumbled, it is a movement to delight connoisseurs and collectors with its incredible artistry and attention to detail.
The new Tempus Terrae Baguettes from ANDERSEN Genève, with either Aquamarine or Sapphire gems, is available on order only.