THE AQUILO MARINE CHRONOMETER SHOWCASED AT HARRODS LONDON
28 April 2019
The relationship between Thomas Mercer and master cabinet-makers Linley, dates back to 2012, with the Classis the first joint creation. This objet d’art is a testament to the ethos shared by both brands: a blend of the classic and contemporary, incomparable quality, and bespokeness as their watchwords for delighting Clients.
The latest chapter of this enduring collaboration is the Aquilo Marine Chronometer, horological furniture celebrating marine chronometry and cabinet-making at their best. This timekeeper is the result of a creative process leading to a unique and bespoke piece. The chronometer, made from marine-grade stainless steel, sits atop a base of slip match blue eucalyptus with a streak of solid oxidised oak. A mechanical feat, this mechanism belongs to the exclusive family of astronomical movements, boasting a perpetual calendar with equation of time and 3D moon. Stunning and fully functioning, it is an incredible work of art and the perfect addition to any superyacht.
After a scenic launch in the setting of the Monaco Yacht Show, September 2018, the timepiece was then displayed at the Linley boutique in Pimlico, London. As the last, yet no less prestigious, leg of the journey, the Aquilo was showcased at the Linley Concession in the Luxury Home Department of Harrods.
The epitome of British Luxury and high-end retail, the world icon Linley bears a name that needs no introduction. Its second floor was the ultimate Interiors and Design destination, thus the location to perfectly match the allure of the Aquilo.
Giant screens projecting images of the timekeeper welcomed the visitors who reached the iconic staircases, and an illuminated vitrine housed this special timekeeper in the room’s very centre. The presentation organised for the expert and well-reputed team of the Fine Watch Room – regarded as the Mecca of watchmaking – was one of the most memorable moments.
It is a source of pride for Thomas Mercer to be present in a great – British and indeed World – institution like Linley. The next joint collaboration – always in the company of Linley – may be on the horizon: “it is only a matter of time”.