At Baselworld 2015, Andersen Genève presented its 5th Edition World Time watch with indication of different time zones – The TEMPUS TERRAE.
This watch was welcome by watch collectors coming from different countries all over the world from Japan, China, Malaysia, Kuwait, India, USA, to Russia, Germany, UK, Netherland, Italia and Switzerland! Every comments received during Baselworld 2015 were taken into consideration in order to produce the most beautiful Tempus Terrae watch. Some very delicate esthetical changes were made; technical details were added for the production model.
This anniversary watch, the 5th Edition World Time watch with indication of different time zones, will celebrate 25 years (1990-2015) of World Time watches developed and assembled by Andersen Genève. This very special edition will commemorate the first World Time watch with two crowns developed by Louis Cottier in the 50’s; one of the most beautiful World Time watch ever created.
The Tempus Terrae carries Andersen Genève’s DNA adorned by watch collectors: a very sober and classy watch case in gold, aesthetic simplicity, “A” shaped Andersen hands and an exclusive BlueGold “guilloché main” (engine turned) dial and rotor. BlueGold is an exclusivity made by Andersen Genève. It is a 21ct gold with iron elements added in the casting. Once heated it turns to a blue colour depending on the duration of the heating; every BlueGold dial and rotor is thus having its unique colour.
This Tempus Terrae Anniversary Edition with BlueGold “guilloché main” dial and rotor, with tapisserie or scale motive, will be produced in a limited edition of:
- 25 timepieces in yellow gold 2N
- 25 timepieces in red gold 5N
- 25 timepieces in white gold
Personalisation alternatives are also offered to its owner:
- adding a special city name or choosing a special text colour on the “city ring” of the dial
- choosing a special colour for the numbers on the “24hours ring” of the dial
Bespoke options have been available at Andersen Genève since the beginning in the early 80’s. The watch collector can make his Tempus Terrae unique. Moreover he will have the opportunity to have his desired text engraved on the exclusive hunter cover on the back.
The time zones indication gives an easy way to read the time all around the world, without pushing buttons or turning crowns. This module developed and assembled by Andersen Genève has been continually optimised since Andersen Genève’s first World Time Watch: the “Communication” in 1990. Andersen Genève has also developed the thinnest World Time module in the past: 0.9mm of thickness including the dial (awarded world records from the Guinness Book).
Every component of this watch is produced in Switzerland, whether in Geneva or Neuchâtel Canton, with the help of passionate high end craftsmanship.
Movement: High quality automatic AS historic movement upgraded by Andersen Genève with time zones complication module developed in the atelier
Rotor: BlueGold “guilloché main” (tapisserie or scale)
Technical Data: 3Hz (21’600A/h), 17 jewels, with 40 hours power reserve
Case: Yellow (2N), red (5N) and white gold with hunter case back
Diameter: 39 mm Height: 9.0mm Width between lugs: 20 mm
Two sapphire glasses, hunter case back
Dial: Multi-part, with one rotating ring displaying 24 hours’ time zones with day/night coloration in dark blue and silvery white metal
Center disc: 18mm in 21ct BlueGold “guilloché main” with tapisserie or scale motive
World Time zone scale on a silvery white metal disc with dark blue city names; personalisation available on colours and names of the cities
Hands: “A” Andersen shaped in brushed 18ct yellow (2N), red (5N) or white gold
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather in black, brown or grey, with 18ct buckle or 18ct fold-over clasp in yellow (2N), red (5N) or white gold
Box: Black leather watch winder box
ANDERSEN Genève History
Andersen Genève has been creating high end watches for watch collectors for more than 4 decades. Svend Andersen launched his own workshop in the late 70’s after having spent 9 years at Patek Philippe in their Atelier des Grandes Complications. He started his career as independent watch maker by first manufacturing cases for Italian collectors. Satisfied with the high quality of the work the watch collectors started to ask for their own bespoke time pieces (called “pièce unique”). Since then Andersen Genève has been developing complicated watches like annual calendar, perpetual calendar, jumping hour calendar. One of Andersen Genève most complicated watch developed is the secular perpetual calendar. A watch that accommodates a quirk of the Gregorian Calendar; three years divisible by four, 2100, 2200 and 2300, are not leap years. In these years regular perpetual calendars require manual correction, i.e. it doesn’t need an extra day in February. The complication developed by Andersen Genève will show the date without adjustment every year up to and beyond 2400.
Andersen Genève gained recognition not only from watch collectors but also from his peers. Svend Andersen co-founded the AHCI – Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants - in 1985. He was awarded world records from the Guinness Book. In 1989 he developed the smallest annual calendar watch (6.5 x 17.4mm) ever produced; this is the size of a match head. In 1994 one of his world time watches was awarded the thinnest world time watch ever made.
While working at Patek Philippe in the early 70’s Svend Andersen had the chance to work on the world time complication developed by the Geneva based watch maker Louis Cottier. Mr. Cottier created the first pocket watch in the 30’s and then the first wristwatch with an indication of different time zones. In commemoration to Louis Cottier’s first wristwatch world time watch, Andersen Genève designed its first World Time watch in 1989. It was a great success and the watches were delivered to watch collectors in 1990. Since then Andersen Genève has been developing different series of World Time watches and pièces uniques. World Time watches are indeed part of Andersen Genève’s DNA.
Other Andersen Genève’s iconic timepieces are the collection of Eros watches and Montre A Tact. Eros watches carry the most complicated erotic automaton available on the market. It also offers its owner endless personalisation possibilities on the dial of the watch or on the erotical scene.
Montre A Tact watches have 2 reading time windows on the case of the watch so that its owner doesn't need to turn his wrist to read time. One window is on the dial (optional) and the second one between the lugs. The complication developed in house is added on a vintage high quality automatic movement upgraded by Andersen Genève. This watch doesn’t have hands on the dial and offers a wide range of personalization from hand painted scenes to any type of “guilloché main” decoration, or precious stones settings or hand engraved creations. Portraits, coat of arms, logos etc. have been realized with the help of master craftsmen of their respective fields.
Andersen Genève welcomes collectors from all around the world to create and deliver them the “pièce unique” they have always wanted to own. More than 100 “pièce unique” have been created and delivered. Feel free to contact us to share ideas and Andersen Genève’s watchmakers will give their best to make your dream come true.
Andersen Genève SA
36 Quai du Seujet
CH – 1201 Genève