Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture launched in Nice
Frederique Constant presented its latest Ladies’ timepiece at the stunning Azur Coast Observatory of Nice located atop Mont-Gros. The historic site of the Azur Coast Observatory is considered a remarkable historical, cultural and scientific landmark. The building built by Charles Garnier rests at the heart of the 35-hectare park and offers an exceptional panoramic view over the city of Nice, France. The Observatory itself is an architectural ensemble classified as a historical monument comprising the largest mobile cupola in Europe built by none other than Gustave Eiffel himself, amazing instruments, the largest working telescope lens in the world, and a natural park.
The guests gathered at the Observatory’s Grand Méridien, a beautiful courtyard overlooking the Baie des Anges, for a Welcome Cocktail hosted by Frederique Constant’s founders, Peter and Aletta Stas.
As the night grew darker, guests were invited to join the Grande Coupole where Peter Stas welcomed Mr. Jean-Pierre Rivet to the stage, who introduced the great history of the Observatory as well the very interesting co-relation between Watchmaking and Astronomy. In 2013, Mr. Rivet became the Scientific Director of the Plateau de Calern of the Azur Coast Observatory. He graduated from a doctorate in Physics from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and has had a successful career in his field writing pioneering papers, also spending several months in the Antarctic to install the renowned ASTEP400 telescope. After introducing the architectural marvel that is the Observatory as well as its historical significance to the scientific field, he moved on to present the astonishing relation between time and stars by explaining the complex inner workings of the curious “Antikythera mechanism”, a horological device manufactured in one century B.C, to reproduce the Sun and Moon cycles. He said “Understanding the perfection and beauty of celestial mechanics would be hopeless without the diligent quest of watchmakers for perfect and beautiful timepieces. Two millennia later, this desire is still current and high-modern watches often incorporate complications to reproduce the Moon phase cycle”, such as the beautiful yet intricate Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture.