This skill in the construction of clocks and scientific continued until well into the 19th century: one has but to think of the Offi Panerai founded in
1860, which supplied the Italian Navy with its first clock 1925 right up to the recent sale of the Richemont group’s brand, or of the Offi Galileo, founded by astronomer Giovanni Battista Amici in 1862.
More , after World War I, the ICO (Industria Orologi) founded in 1939 has been making watch components for over years and complete watches for the last twenty-five. Today, as the trajectory the Officine Panerai seems fated to repeat itself, with the interruption and of its legacy of tradition and skill, Visconti is launching an ambitious for the recovery and enhancement of this unique and distinctive Florentine experience, the latest embodiment of over six centuries of precision mechanics fine watchmaking, creating a new pole of excellence.
The square is the symbol of the earth, as opposed to the sky, but it is also the symbole of the created universe, of earth and sky together, in to the uncreated universe and to the creator; it is the antithesis of the transcendant. The square is an anti-dynamic figure anchored on its four sides, representing frozen motion, the moment in isolation. The squaring of the circle expresses two laws of creation and maintenance of the universe: movement and stability, innovation and tradition.
The squaring of the circle translates for Visconti into a new form fusing in a single geometric figure both the circle (time) and the square or any of several other meanings that one might wish to assign to it: innovation coupled with tradition, with stability, and so forth.
Visconti has designed a watch in which its brand symbol, the bridge, crosses and safeguards time, stretching from the history of clockmaking in Florence to the present day and Visconti’s determination to rediscover that legacy. One of the most impossible forms, and possibly for that very reason one of the most fascinating to have been forged by Visconti’s creative vein, is the squaring of the circle, and it is this that frames and encapsulates the endless flow of time – time surmounted by two bridges between the pieces of the strap and measured by hands that echo the nibs of its fountain pens. Visconti has turned leading-edge technological research into a tool bringing Florence’s Renaissance heritage right into the modern era, and its Anniversary Watch is a perfect fusion of aesthetic perfection and technological innovation with its traditional three- piece construction – bezel, middle and bottom plate – typical of the best watchmaking, yet renovated thanks to the structural use of its aesthetic and stylistic components. The two bridges do not simply fix the watch to the strap, they are also the parts which ensure that the bezel is kept firmly in place and is perfectly watertight, thus transcending their purely aesthetic function.
The watch comes in two versions, one that displays only the time and date, which we have called Up to date, and one that displays two time zones, which we have called GMT. They are both made in Italy but their movements are Swiss-made and of the highest quality. Each version is available in three different variants: Elegance, Image and Sport, which differ in their design, in the materials used (only the purest steel and titanium), in their finish and in their PVD treatment. Each variant is individually numbered and produced in a limited edition of only 250 pieces, a multiple of the twenty-five years that Visconti is proud to be celebrating.
A watch that marks the meeting point between time and writing, between the pen and the watch, the only universally acknowledged jewels for a man.