In December 2019, on the occasion of the event Dolce & Gabbana Haute Horlogerie, the maison presented to the Ambrosiana Library of Milan the tower clock Clairvaux. After two years, Dolce&Gabbana donated the timepiece to the library museum, where it will be permanently placed in the Sala Federiciana, next to the Atlantic code from Leonardo da Vinci. A not accidental location, since the large clock, over two meters high, re-proposes the complex astronomical machine of the Chiaravalle abbey, just outside Milan, completed according to the intuitions of Leonardo that are found in some sheets of the Code, exhibited in the same room. Characterized by a large lapis lazuli dial on which are indicated “Hora italica”, minutes, moon phases, zodiac and solar movements according to the geocentric theory, the watch translates Leonardesque speculations on mechanics and on the measurement of the weather. To create it, the atelier made use of the collaboration of a great Italian master watchmaker, who gave shape to Leonardo’s ideas.
The clock installation was inaugurated on Wednesday 1 December, with an event for the press and for selected guests; during the evening an exhibition itinerary was set up in some rooms of the Ambrosiana, starring a selection of the most precious and complicated watches of Dolce & Gabbana Haute Horlogerie. Almost all unique pieces, the timepieces have been enhanced by the play of lights of the display cases or by some scenographic locations, as in the case of the Leonardo clock, positioned a few meters from the Portrait of a musician of the genius of Vinci; clock after clock, the visitor was led along an ideal path that led him to Clairvaux, which further enriches the charm of the Frederick’s Room. The selection of Dolce & Gabbana Haute Horlogerie pieces will remain open to the public at the Ambrosiana until December 12, while the Clairvaux joins the exhibition itinerary of the art gallery together with the other works of art. (All rights reserved)