Young gemologist, historic expert and watchmaker Jean Marc Bosque showcased his 219 brand and watch at the GTE 2012. His booth (in the back of this picture) contained only one watch display which showcased only one watch. The 219.
Jean Marc explained to me he wanted to make a watch for himself, a watch inspired by the Mayan culture. Instead of numerals the watch has the typical Mayan Glyphs on the dial and the Mayan calendar is engraved on the case back.
Jean Marc was amazed by the positive feedback he received on his watch and decided to produce a couple more, limited to a total of 2012. He also thought of tweaking the watch and came up with some more ideas. One of the ideas is to produce a gold case, using the extremely rare Mayan gold.
The one line Jean Marc spoke about kept echoing in my ears: "appear to disappear". After I asked him what he meant by that, he explained that on December 21, 2012 he will take of his watch on a mountain somewhere in Mexico and let it disappear for ever. He will not reveal the location, but he promised to take pictures or a video of this rather exceptional event.
219, a new brand was born.
KUKULKAN STAINLESS STEEL / TECHNICAL DETAILS
Hours-minutes-seconds and GMT
First watch using mayan numbers as time indicator
ETA Valgranges A07.171
Power reserve 46 hours
Self-winding movment with Swiss-Lever escapment
at 3 o’clock / engraved by chemical material reduction
Hours indicator Mayan numerology (patent registered by 219)
Mate Black rhodium treatment with superluminova injection in the low relief lines made by chemical reduction of material
GMT 24 hours timezone indicated with arabic numbers
Original dial designed by 219 including four elements :
The 5th mayan sun, the Kukulkan ( Pyramid, a sanke head in the Pyramid and 219 designed as a pyramid, inside the snake jaw.
Case diameter : 47 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Innovative case acoustic imitates “rattling noise” which the rattle snake is know for when it shakes its tail (patent registered by 219)
Sapphire crystal without anti-reflecting treatment
The case back side offers the surprise of a traditional mayan Low relief engraving (by chemical material reduction) representing the symbol of death”(found in Chichen Itzá ruins) surroundhead” by the circle of the the 20 days of the Tzolkin Kalendar which is the calendar of the East Star (260 days), the Star of the Kukulkan (known as a planet by the romans and called Venus because it’s cycle is the same than human being preignancy). The Tzolkin was apparently invented by the olmecs 3000 before Christ birth. Numbers 13 and 20 were sacred by the mayas and they adopted this calendar because the 260 days were associated to human preignancy and to wheat grow period (which is associated to the skin of the snake). Each day is associated to a different glyph which represents one or several symbols like crocodile, Dragon, wind, death, snake, moon, jaguar, eagle, etc. This association is supposed to express the arrival of the Kukulkan on the 12.21.2012 to reverse the power and command the whole mayan nation in synchronization with the birth of the sixth sun.
2 different straps
(Full grain leather Alligator strap and rubber strap) with stainless steel deployant claps
Limited to 2012 pieces
Related link: www.219.ch