Aven­turine di­als, such as the one seen on the Parmi­giani Kal­parisma Nova Gal­axy, are see­ing a huge re­vival

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Contents - Text Nicolette Wong

There’s some­thing cap­ti­vat­ing about aven­turine. Its star­tling re­sem­blance to a glit­ter­ing star-filled night sky gives the ma­te­rial a poetic qual­ity and makes it a de­light to be­hold. It also has an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. Un­like what some may be­lieve, the vast ma­jor­ity of the aven­turine used in watch­mak­ing is ac­tu­ally a form of glass, and not cut from a nat­u­ral stone of the same name. It was sup­pos­edly cre­ated by a glass blower on the Ital­ian is­land of Mu­rano in the 17th cen­tury. The crafts­man spilled some cop­per shav­ings into molten glass, which then cooled into the mes­meris­ing ma­te­rial we know to­day. The glass, aven­turine, is aptly named af­ter its mo­ment of con­cep­tion, using the Ital­ian ex­pres­sion “a l’avven­tura”, mean­ing “by chance”. While aven­turine has been used in watch­mak­ing be­fore, it was only in odd pieces. Its rep­u­ta­tion this year, how­ever, has taken a star turn, with the likes of A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, and Ja­quet Droz rolling out watches that bear aven­turine di­als. The new Parmi­giani Kal­parisma Nova Gal­axy is among the new faces. Its glit­ter­ing deep blue dial per­fectly complement­s the ro­tat­ing star-shaped small sec­onds counter at 6 o’clock, which com­pletes one revo­lu­tion per minute. The watch comes in rose gold, or in white gold set with di­a­monds—in case the aven­turine and re­volv­ing star don’t pro­vide enough sparkle.

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