Magellan - EARTH
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
Magellan - EARTH


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Earth The 1521 Magellan Earth that marked his arrival cleverly evokes the initial symbolism. The historical world map is replaced by a photo of Earth taken in 2010, the year of the brand takeover. An aerial view brimming with promise for the future. The three traditional hands are enriched by another patented hand indicating the Sun’s position above the Earth: by keeping track of the longitudes appearing on an external ring, the user can always tell at which point on the globe it is noon. 

Technical specifications

Case :
  • are available in steel, pink gold and yellow gold versions.  
  • 43.5 mm diameter,
  • 19 mm thickness
  • thick Globe: 32 mm diameter
Dial :
  • Black Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial,
  • indication of the hour, the seconds and the second timezone
  • Crown integrated into the dial at 3 o’clock
  • 4 curved hands including a separately adjustable 24-hour solar hand
Movement :
  • ETA 2893 self-winding movement
Strap :
  • Water-resistant to 30 metres Navy blue ostrich leather 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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