Famous for being one of the pioneers of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, was an architect, urbanist, and writer, renowned for his dedication to provide better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities. Born as Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a small city in Neuchâtel canton in north-western Switzerland, in the Jura Mountains, known for centuries as divine congruence of genius, a watchmaking capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, he adopted pseudonym Le Corbusier in 1920, reflecting his belief that anyone could reinvent themselves. Now, the genius inherent to La Chaux-de-Fonds has been best exemplified by the high-end Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux, who shares the hometown with Le Corbusier and in cooperation with Foundation Le Corbusier, unveiled the Le Corbusier Watch Trilogy. Notably, this series of exceptional watches reflects the three places that most embodied the concept of home to Le Corbusier himself; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Paris and Marseille.
Watchmaker Girard-Perregaux used their special Vintage 1945 watch collection as a basis for the Le Corbusier Trilogy watches, which has following models:-
Vintage 1945 Le Corbusier — La Chaux-de-Fonds
This edition boasts a wonderful mother of pearl dial, which actually takes the craftsmen at Girard-Perregaux 7 days to produce, and is a nod to early days as an engraver and sculptor when staying in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Further, the watch features an 18 carat pink gold case.
Vintage 1945 Le Corbusier — Marseille
The third watch utilizes concrete for a dial referencing one of Le Corbusier's most significant buildings the Cité Radieuse (Radiant City), in Marseille, France. This 12-storey building was constructed from rough-case reinforced concrete that housed a total of 1,600 residents. And, like the Paris edition, the Marseille edition timepiece boasts a stainless steel case.
Vintage 1945 Le Corbusier — Paris
Boasting a metal dial in stainless steel case, the watch commemorates the architect’s contributions to iconic decorative arts by focusing on materials. Notably, its strap comes crafted in cowhide, which is the same material used for the famous Chaise Longue Chair No 4. And, based on the male figure and the Golden ratio, the hand-engraved dial demonstrates architect’s Modular system of architectural proportions, his perception of light.