Just how cool is this watch?

Launched in a limied edition of 10 pieces in 2002 this platinum Mercator with a polychrome enamel dial was made specially for the French market.

Since 2002 was also the year the Euro became the official currency in many European countries the color code reflects the countries part of the EU at the time. The rest of the dial represents part of Eastern Europe and North Africa.

Just how cool is this watch? 

Just how cool is this watch?

The limited edition number is inscribed on the case side (here 00 as it is the prototype)

Just how cool is this watch?

Just how cool is this watch?

Just how cool is this watch?

the gorgeous cal 1120 (with Geneva Seal)

Just how cool is this watch?

Just how cool is this watch?

Great scans of a fantastic watch! Thanks for sharing NT
06/26/2008 - 12:02

NT

Alex, you remind me of a magician, you keep
06/26/2008 - 14:06

pu;;ing more of these from your hat. Do you know how many Mercators with cloisonne dials were made. Also were the all the dials made by the same individual?

Thanks

Mr L

Thanks John, I am doing some research on production numbers and will
06/26/2008 - 15:58

post then as soon as gather correct info. All I can say is that the total production of the enamel dial models are surprisingly low.

We owe the dials of all Mercators (both enamel and engraved) tp Belgian artists Lucie & Jean Genbrugge

Hi John
06/27/2008 - 10:40

Normally, 50 of each (Europe/Africa/asia and Americas) should have been foreseen at first. But from what I understood, and how complicated these watches were to make, only then 30 max of each were done!

Maybe Alex can confirm this.

Cheers

Thanks for the info. The watch is so
06/27/2008 - 14:03

unique with how they have the hours/minutes hands arranged and then a full cloisonne dial from maps of the past. Compound that with such a limited series its like having a "independant brand" existing somewhere inside this larger company.

So many "limited editions" consist of cosmetics. The Mercator line is a great example for the industry to follow for a "limited edition" imo.

John

you wouldn't believe the low production numbers of the Mercator, give
06/27/2008 - 18:52

me a couple of days to double check

will do and thanks Alex nt
06/27/2008 - 23:13

nt

GREAT WATCH!
06/26/2008 - 14:51

I wish:

1. the watch's size was bigger than 36 mm (it would top my VC-to-buy list then)

2. Poland had been a member of EU at the time so it had not been left as part of Eastern Europe on this beautiful dial...

Very nice (nt)
06/26/2008 - 18:25

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Re: Just how cool is this watch?
06/26/2008 - 21:18

Hi Alex,

I would guess that Mme Porchet did the artwork and cloissonné (just a guess). Lovely indeed.!I notice that some of the mercators such as this one and the Portuguese one do not have gold ovals surrounding the minute and hour digits while others do. I suppose it has to do with the map design and placement so as not to obscure the map features (also just a guess).

Regards,

Joseph

Fantastic watch Alex!!!
06/27/2008 - 10:43

I would exchange my Mercator against this one if I could!

Thank you for giving these nice pics.

Fantastic watch!...
06/27/2008 - 13:34

... the dial is perfectly made, the colors are brilliant, very shiny!!

... But I prefer the "monocrhomatic" versions

Great watch, great scans, Alex. Thanks for sharing!
06/27/2008 - 20:06

The Mercator is really a great representative to what VC stands for - merging traditional crafts (honed to perfection) like enameling (and engraving in the other version) with unique, alternative ways of presenting the time.  This same spirit definitely lives on with the les masques and then soon to come back with another "map-related" offering (or should I say tribute)...

Cheers

kazumi