Magellan - Magelluna
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Magellan - Magelluna

Magelluna

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Moon is the target

Magelluna Setting out to conquer the Moon… The Magellan 1521 collection first took on a voyage around the Earth, like the famous navigator who inspired the first Magellan watch. We are now invited to journey into space… to discover the Magelluna! The latest creation in an astonishing series of watches, the Magelluna naturally maintains all the distinctive features that make it so different, starting with its amazing roundness. The original shape of its hands enables them to closely follow the outlines of the Moon which is depicted with stunning realism. Like the lunar crust, the central half-sphere of the watch is littered with meteorite impacts that have modified its surface and punctuated its history. While the resemblance is striking, it is above all the meticulous hand-crafted work of production and painting that makes each watch truly unique. The Magelluna watch is presented in steel – which has undergone a special PVD/CVD blackening treatment – on an understated rubber strap that highlights the curves of this half-moon. Its case measuring 43.5 mm in diameter and 19 mm is powered by a self-winding ETA 2892 movement. The galvanic grey dial is adorned with Roman numerals, and the elegant tones endow this model with a resolutely galactic charm. Technically speaking, the Magelluna has undergone a significant modification representing a substantial evolution: the sapphire crystal is no longer cemented to the case as it was until now, but is instead placed on a bezel that is screwed onto the case. This revision is the first major technical step undertaken by Mario G. Nargi – CEO of Magellan Watch – who is seeking to give the watch even more “horological” substance. Magellan is thereby affirming its ability to explore uncharted territory in the field of creative watchmaking. Magelluna bears the imprint of all that is unique and reveals a passion for the exceptional.  

Technical specifications

Dial :
  • treatment Globe, reproduction of the Moon
  • Hand Made, Hand Painted Grey galvanic dial, engraved roman numerals
  • 3 curved hands 
Movement :
  • ETA 2892 self-winding movement
Strap :
  • Black rubber strap with pushpiece-operated double folding clasp

Who's who

Apparently, one should never say never, but once something has suitably impressed Laurent Picciotto, it – almost – never vanishes from his mind thereafter. One such example is the emerging Magellan brand: after ten years out of sight, now it’s back at Chronopassion. The reasons the ‘world map’ brand is back on the radar again are the same as those that first brought it to rue Saint Honoré in 2002: unique, atypical, well-finished timepieces that bring something new to the market. “When Magellan joined us, I didn’t really have much choice in terms of models,” says Laurent Picciotto with a smile. “There was only one, that came in two versions – Northern and Southern hemispheres!” The model in question is a timepiece featuring a dial-sized version of the map drawn by Magellan – the famous sixteenth-century seafarer who was the first to sail around the world. The young brand reproduces – by hand – the famous map drawn by the explorer after his voyages, and so also needed to reproduce its spherical shape. To do so, Magellan created a timepiece as a tribute to the Portuguese explorer with a curved glass, giving a three-dimensional view of the map and the time indications above it (hours, minutes, seconds and date option). “It’s a unique curiosity – one of those we like to offer in addition or as an alternative, for those of our customers looking for something singular and off the beaten track,” continues Laurent Picciotto. “A Magellan has no pretentions in terms of fine watchmaking. That might be considered by some to be its greatest weakness, but in fact that’s its major strength. The brand consistently and effectively stakes everything on its aesthetic singularity, accomplished to perfection, with great attention paid to every detail.” During its first two years in Paris, the brand met with resounding success. Then, as a single-product business, it naturally gradually began to disappear from the showcases. Things have changed radically in 2013. Magellan has been taken over by Mario G. Nargi, who had the good sense to recall the fruitful partnership of the early days – and lost no time in contacting Laurent Picciotto again when he relaunched the brand with new models. “I’d kept my eye on Magellan. When Mario G. Nargi came to see me, he had my full attention. We didn’t know each other, but we connected immediately. For me it’s absolutely vital for there to be a captain at the helm; someone I can count on. The redeployment of the offering, with plenty of new models, finally convinced me to resume the adventure where we left off in 2002-2003.” Laurent Picciotto’s choices are always sound and unhesitating – and have not wavered over the past ten years. Once again, in spite of a much broader offering, he has favoured Magellan’s historic models; mainly those that still feature the world map as a tribute to the explorer, along with those whose sapphire dome has a clear link with the subject displayed on the dial. Like the explorer that inspired it, the Magellan is just as breath-taking today as it was back then. Now it has berthed once again at Rue Saint Honoré. Perhaps we should be expecting it in another ten years’ time, too.

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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