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A new star in the horological cosmos

Today, precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917.
The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has 
elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to unfold.
The synthesis of starry constellations and their relationship with the measurement of time sets the stage on which Fabergé is delighted to present the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph, linking the events of 100 years ago with those of today.


The creations of Peter Carl Fabergé, the artist-jeweller of St Petersburg, were highly celebrated in many royal courts, including those of Tsar 
Alexander III and his heir Nicholas II. 
The most famous of Fabergé’s creations are the fifty-two Imperial Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanov family between 1885 and 1917. Exuberant showcases of skilled decorative techniques, these eggs featured intricate gem-setting, hand-turned guillochage and grand feu enamelling. At the centre of many eggs lay the quintessential Fabergé surprise –  jewelled miniatures of places and objects significant to the Romanov family, automata, mini paintings and portraits.
However, one of these fifty-two eggs was never completed. The Tsarevich Constellation Egg was to be presented to the Tsarina Alexandra for Easter 1917 featuring the constellation of Leo to signify the stars under which the Tsarevich Alexei, the only son of Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, and heir apparent to the throne, was born in 1904. Shortly before the Constellation Egg could be completed, the February Revolution of 1917 (corresponding to March 1917 in the Gregorian calendar) broke out. Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, the imperial regime fell, the Fabergé family went into exile and the Constellation Egg vanished.
The Constellation Egg resurfaced in 1922, but only in correspondence between Eugène Fabergé and François Birbaum, Fabergé’s chief designer from 1895 to 1917. In this letter, Birbaum described the egg as being of blue glass, on a cloud-shaped pedestal of opaque rock crystal.
Light travelling from a star can take many years to reach Earth. The light leaving the brightest star in the constellation of Leo (poignantly known as Regulus or “the little king”) in 1922, as that letter was written, would only have reached Earth at the end of the millennium in 2000, having travelled almost 78 lightyears. Shortly afterwards, the component parts of the unfinished Constellation Egg — the cloud of rock crystal and two empty halves of a blue glass egg engraved with constellations — were discovered in a storeroom in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow. (This discovery, and footage of the egg, can be seen in the award-winning documentary ‘Fabergé: a life of its own’, available for pre-order on iTunes from 10 March 2017.)
Neither the clock mechanism which was to be housed within the Constellation Egg, nor the concentric outer ring which would have indicated the time (reminiscent of the disc or rings rotating around some stars and planets), have ever been found.
The design and development of the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph began three years ago. Work on its revolutionary movement commenced almost a decade ago. The spiritual genesis of the watch was written in Imperial Russia 100 years ago. 
As an homage to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917, the Visionnaire Chronograph carries a laser-engraved etching of the egg, visible only to those who know where to seek it.
Chronographs are tasked with measuring time, recording noteworthy events, giving a definitive dimension to occurrences we wish to remember. The roots of the word ‘chronograph’ translate to ‘time-writer’ given the Greek kronos for ‘time’ and graphein for ‘write’. This writing of time is inextricably linked to the writing of history. Pulsometric chronographs measure the heartbeat of newborns. Sporting chronographs capture milestone achievements on the athletic field and racetrack. A chronograph went to the Moon to witness one giant leap for mankind.
Thanks to a revolutionary new movement by Agenhor, the Visionnaire Chronograph transforms the standards for chronographic precision and legibility. The result is much more than an instrument for recording landmark events: the conception and manufacture of the movement are landmark achievements in their own right.
The Visionnaire Chronograph evokes the outer time-telling disc of the unfinished Constellation Egg, as well as the rotating rings found around certain stars and planets, by displaying prevailing time on the periphery of the watch dial while the chronograph function – featuring three hands on a single, shared spindle – takes centre stage. This concentric arrangement, in which prevailing time wholly surrounds a chronograph mounted on a single spindle, is a world first, made possible by the innovative calibre masterminded by Agenhor, which creates space at the centre of the movement so that it can house complication modules. It is the modern-day analogue to a Fabergé egg – a mechanical opus with a wondrous surprise at its core. 


The enduring desirability of Fabergé lies not only in its exquisite workmanship and heritage, but in the promise of discovering what lies within and beyond, the beginning of a story that is uniquely yours.
The stars, and the time they measure, have seen many stories start and end. Some stories end abruptly. Others echo down the eons. Start your chronograph. Start your story. 

Technical specifications

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Rose Gold Calibre Self-winding 6361
Diameter: 34.40 mm (15 lines) Thickness: 7.17mm
Number ofjewels: 67 Number of components: 477 Power reserve: 60 hours
Cadence of balance wheel : 21'600 vibrations/hour
Decorations Mainplate: circular grained
Bridges: Côtes de Genève, hand polished chamfering
Functions Hours, minutes, chronograph (24 hours, 60 minutes, 60 seconds)
Case 18 karat rose gold and titanium case, 43mm, domed sapphire crystal and case back with single-sided anti-reflective treatment
Laser-eut Fabergé Constellation Egg on the sapphire case back 18 karat rose gold and rubber crown
18 karat rose gold pushers
Dia! Bezel: opaline dia! with TCl luminescent coating 15-minute indicators Sapphire with grey metallic treatment on the external part and applied numerals and hour indicators
Opaline decorative part applied on the rotor Chronograph section: opaline with grey printed indicators
Hands Hours/ minutes: gilded brass with TCl luminescent coating Chronograph: gilded aluminium with red print
Strap Alligator strap
18 karat rose gold and titanium Fabergé folding clasp
Water resistance 50m

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