Art in Motion: Purnell unveils the AS Monaco Limited Editions

Art in Motion: Purnell unveils the AS Monaco Limited Editions

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.

Crystal Clear 

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.