Watchmaker Girard-Perregaux’s Le Corbusier Trilogy

Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux has recently unveiled a trilogy of limited-edition timepieces commemorating the career of legendary architect Le Corbusier. A pioneer of modern design, Le Corbusier was as renowned for his revolutionary theories on urbanism as he was for the unusual materials he used. The collection, limited to five watches per design and based on Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 case, presents three different cities that arguably define Le Corbusier’s life.

The first watch in the collection, La Chaux-de-Fonds, is named for the shared birthplace and home of both Le Corbusier and Girard-Perregaux. Showcasing a mother-of-pearl dial that required seven days to create, the timepiece references Le Corbusier’s earliest years as a sculptor and engraver. ($53,200)

The collection, limited to five watches per design and based on Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 case, presents three different cities that arguably define Le Corbusier’s life.

The next, Paris, uses as inspiration Le Corbusier’s iconic Chaise Lounge Chair No. 4, with a cowhide strap and steel case. By the 1920s, Le Corbusier had embraced the Modernist movement in Paris and was incorporating streamlined geometric forms into his architecture, furniture and decorative arts. Here, the hand-engraved dial displays Le Corbusier’s Modulor system of human proportion. ($21,300)

Always concerned about the problem of urban crowding, the architect erected his Cité Radieuse (Radiant City) in Marseilles in the postwar era. The 12-story housing structure accommodated 1,600 residents and was fashioned from concrete, an unusual building material at that time. Thus, the Marseilles watch pays tribute to the work with a concrete dial that required three days to produce. ($31,900)

The Le Corbusier Trilogy is a great example of the watchmaker’s art, and a memorable series from Girard-Perregaux.

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