Purnell is proud to present a World First with AS Monaco: an innovative Rotating Crystal Football, revealing the tourbillon inside with its
Rise. Risk. Repeat. A philosophy AS Monaco abides by on the field, and one that
matches with Purnell’s “More Future Than Past.” It is in this spirit that Purnell created a World Premiere for its AS Monaco
collaboration: two limited editions featuring a see-through football tourbillon crafted out of tinted crystal, putting the tourbillon inside on full display.
Unveiled in two limited editions of 11 pieces—to match the number of players on the
pitch—the Purnell x AS Monaco timepiece features a completely new take on the
“football tourbillon” created just a year ago by Purnell on the occasion of its
partnership with France Football and the Ballon d’OrTM.
Instead of a tourbillon encased in an engraved football made of solid precious metal,
this iteration shows a football made of 24 hexagons of tinted crystal (or cristal de
roche in French)—12 in AS Monaco red and 12 that are transparent. Overall, the
rotating football weighs only 1.12 grams, making a full rotation in 30 seconds.
This phenomenon was achieved thanks to Purnell’s association with watchmaking
extraordinaire, Eric Coudray, winner of the 2012 Prix Gaïa. With Purnell, Coudray
was able to devise a titanium skeleton in the shape of a football, where the
watchmaker can then place the football’s crystal “facets” one by one. A feat of expert
craftsmanship, the result is a hypnotic interpretation of a rotating football in perpetual
movement—a first in the world of watchmaking.
The cristal de roche also adorns the dial in the form of the hour indexes tinted in
“Daring Red”, the AS Monaco pantone. The hour indexes at 12 and 6 o’clock are
bicolor, featuring the football club’s legacy “La Diagonale” pattern that can also be
found on the team jerseys.