A series of just twelve numbered, authenticated pieces: this exceptional watch was designed and developed by Philippe Lebru. At the heart of this improbable project… The fragment of a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite been cut, polished and machine-finished (in the Jura) to form a watch dial. The additional movement plate, of Franche-Comté manufacture, enables the indication of a big date calendar in the 12 o’clock position and a dual zone with hours and minutes at 6 o’clock. The movement is Swiss-made. The watch comes with a certificate of authenticity and a Besançon Viper stamp which guarantee its chronometric quality.
A rough-cut case, which appears to have been carved from a single piece, contains a massive dial in machined, polished… Meteorite. Hour markers sparkle like ice crystals on this streaky mineral surface.
The watchword is understatement, making this watch a model of restraint and refinement.
During the formation of our solar system, a planet formed between Mars and Jupiter before exploding into particles and joining the asteroid belt. A cluster of meteorites from this planet landed in Cape York, Greenland approximately 10,000 years ago. This “iron” meteor is composed of 92% iron and 8% nickel, with traces of germanium and gallium. Its “crystallised metal” structure brings it a unique appeal.
The Besançon Observatory, a scientific and astronomical observatory, is one of just three organisations in the world qualified to deliver the title of Observatory Chronometer. The certification process consists of testing the high precision of mechanical watches. Chronometer testing has been part of the Observatory’s objectives since it was founded in 1878.
The Besançon Viper stamp
Watches with this stamp undergo sixteen consecutive days of tests. If the measurements obtained comply with the standards, the watch obtains the official title of mechanical chronometer.
Only then does the Besançon Observatory deliver a Bulletin de Marche stamped with its symbol, the head of a viper, which has existed since 1897.
This original “label” is a symbol of excellence and guaranteed quality imbued with a historical and cultural heritage sought after and envied by the entire world.
39 mm of diameter
in meteorite iron
the Kuiper belt.
Gibeon, Cape York, Campo del cielo
big date calendar at 12 o’clock dual time zone,
hour and minutes at 6 o’clock
Self-winding TT65 calibre
Made in Switzerland
Case and packaging
Case sheathed in leather
stitched with white thread
The watch can be viewed within its aluminium presentation tube through a screwed glass lens