THE NIGHT SKY

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Aven­turine glass = starry di­als on watches.

It can’t beat the real thing on a clear night in any of the three deserts (Sa­hara, the Empty Quar­ter, and Ata­cama) where the Milky Way can be seen on full dis­play, but it comes pretty close (pretty be­ing the op­er­a­tive word here). Aven­turine (the glass, not the quartz stone of the same name), in­vented cen­turies ago by a Vene­tian glass­maker who ac­ci­den­tally mixed cop­per pow­der with glass paste, is hav­ing a mo­ment in the world of horol­ogy now be­cause of its re­sem­blance to, well, a starry night. For city-liv­ing folk with lit­tle chance to see the real thing, aven­turine glass re­minds us that if we look hard enough high above, the stars are still within reach.

Starry, starry night, cour­tesy of aven­turine glass. The ma­te­rial is used for the dial on Gi­rardPer­re­gaux’s lat­est Cat’s Eye Day & Night High Jew­ellery Watch.

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