“Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid, and long lasting structures?” Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel, French visionary civil engineer who has marked an entire era through his great architectural achievements, has made over 300 creations all over the world; the metallic frame of the New York Statue of Liberty, as well as various bridges such as the Maria Pia de Porto bridge and has also actively participated at the Panama Canal project. But overall, his most-renown and iconic piece remains the Tour Eiffel in Paris.
Many major live works scattered on all the continents still stand proof today of the vision and the exceptional know-how of the one we call the “Iron Magician” or the “Engineer of the Universe”.
To pay tribute to Gustave Eiffel, Cvstos has created the Cvstos Gustave Eiffel timepiece, celebrating performance, state-of-the-art technology and aestheticism.
The look of this timepiece stands for the technical and aesthetic memory of this great man.
Indeed, the metallic structure, represented by the famous Cross of Saint Andrew, a technical heritage from Gustave Eiffel has inspired this timepiece.
- The Tour Eiffel (under construction)
Antonio Terranova, Chief Designer of Cvstos, and an engineer by training, constantly researches simplicity and perfection to create a “bridge between tradition and contemporaneity”.
Following the example of the famous Tour Eiffel, with the finely carved tonneau-shaped middle, the Cvstos Gustave Eiffel has a structure akin to the Parisian elegance and aesthetics, inspired by the famous Cross of Saint Andrew, which symbolises rigidity, transparency and lightness alike.
From the same spectacular and unexpected perspectives, the mechanism, which comes straight from the Cvstos factory, and which is called the CVS350 Jetliner Automatic, with a power reserve of 48 hours, was designed in the same vein of the motives inspired from Gustave Eiffel’s principles.
- The Cvstos Gustave Eiffel Timepiece
The calibre can be admired through a large sapphire crystal, which is accentuated by the bimetallic skeleton dial. The semi-instantaneous date indicator is also carved from the block through various state-of-the-art technological processes, which is a visual reminder of the Tour’s elevators’ gear trains.
The dial’s high readability is provided by the metallic indexes whose centre is covered in a luminescent material.
The transparent case-back invites us to direct our gaze into the heart of the mechanism and to discover the arrangement of all the movement components.
An excellent readability is therefore provided on the work of these master-watchmakers, which is then highlighted by the three-dimensional look of this openwork movement.
Carved out from Steel 316-L, or from bronze PDV treated Steel, the tonneau-shaped case is admirably emphasised by the purity of its lines and volume.
This polished architectural work, easily identifiable amidst all, contributes to Cvstos’ aesthetic distinction and identity.
With up to 100 meters water resistance, the Cvstos Gustave Eiffel is available in fine alligator leather in various colours, lined with Alcantara® materials, featuring a specific look dedicated specifically to this model.
For the purists, a more classical bracelet is available, with a tongue buckle or a double pusher clasp.