For 2022, ANDERSEN Genève revisits its most cherished complication, the Worldtime, with an exquisite blue-toned, gem-set take on a modern classic.
In 1884 the visionary Sandford Flemming invented in Washington the 24 timezones that are used to tell time on earth. In 1930 Mr. Louis Cottier, a watchmaker from Carouge in Geneva, developed a complication for pocket watches to display multiple timezones. This complication was introduced on a wristwatch by Mr. Cottier in 1950. Mr. ANDERSEN has been servicing watches with this complication while working at Patek Philippe in the “Atelier des grandes complications” in the 70’s (he spent 9 years at Patek Philippe).
In 1990 ANDERSEN Genève presented its 1st Edition of Worldtime watch – the "Communication" - commemorating the 1st Worldtime wristwatch produced by Mr. Cottier. The module developed and assembled by ANDERSEN Genève gives an easy way to read the time all around the world, without pushing buttons or turning crowns.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th following Editions were called "Christophorus Colombus", "Mundus" and "1884“in 2004.
In 2015 the 5th edition of Worldtime watch – the "Tempus Terrae"- commemorates the first Worldtime wristwatch with two crowns developed by Louis Cottier in the 50’s; one of the most beautiful Worldtime watch ever created. Mr. Cottier was so successful that he made Worldtime watches for Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and even Rolex.
The timezones indication has been continually optimised since ANDERSEN Genève’s first Worldtime watch 25 years ago, in 1990.
The Tempus Terrae "25th Anniversary" is proposed in a limited edition of 25 pieces in yellow gold (2N), 25 in red gold (5N) and 25 in white gold.
This exceptional timepiece celebrates 25 years (1990-2015) of Worldtime Watches with indication of different timezones by ANDERSEN Genève.
Watch collectors are offered the choice to have a special scene engraved on the back cover of the watch, making their “Tempus Terrae” unique.
In 2020, ANDERSEN Genève introduces a new Tempus Terrae with 36 baguette diamonds, invisible setting bezel adding a delicate touch to this classical timepiece (36 baguette diamonds, D colour VVS+, 2.25 carats invisible setting).
For 2022, ANDERSEN Genève presents two new editions of the acclaimed Tempus Terrae Worldtime, first introduced in 2015 and featuring the brand’s in-house Worldtime module. As always, technical perfection is paired with matchless decorative craftsmanship. Both watches feature bezels decorated with exquisite and flawless blue baguette gemstones, one with Aquamarine baguettes and one with blue Sapphire. For each watch, there are 36 perfectly cut stones weighing a total of 2.25ct, set into the graceful Tempus Terrae case in white gold. Notable for its angular ‘broken’ lugs and dual crowns (a tribute to Cottier), the case is sumptuously polished and finished by hand.
The sparkling blue of the gem-setting matches that of the central dial of BlueGold, itself an ANDERSEN Genève calling card, hand-engraved with an undulating Tapisserie guilloché motif.
Movement: High quality automatic movement upgraded by ANDERSEN Genève
with time zones complication module developed and produced in the atelier
Rotor: 21ct BlueGold hand guilloché “scale” pattern
Technical Data: 3Hz (21’600A/h), 17 jewels, with 40 hours power reserve
Case: 5N red gold with hunter case back to disclose the movement, two sapphire glasses
Bezel: 36 baguette diamonds, D colour VVS+, 2.25 carats invisible setting
Diameter: 39 mm Height: 9mm Width between lugs: 20 mm
Two crowns with "A" and "TT on a globe" logos stamped
Dial: Multi-part, with one rotating ring displaying 24 hours’ time zones
with day/night coloration in dark blue and silvery white metal
Centre disc: 18mm in 21ct BlueGold hand guilloché “scale” pattern
World time zone scale on a silvery white metal disc with dark blue city names
Personalisation available on colours and names of the cities
Hands: Brushed "A" Andersen shaped in 5N red gold
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather with 5N red gold buckle or fold-over clasp