Royal Lion

KERBEDANZ gave to this watch, the symbolic figure of the Lion; royal animal by excellence and solar symbol magnifying the light and the fire.

Lion in his greatness, his posture and his mane resembling the sunlight, is a universal symbol of the royalty, the power and nobility and has traditionally been associated with the divinities and heroes of ancient mythologies.

In a very primitive context, the lion symbolized the Mother Earth, the Great Goddess. The Magna Mater was indeed the "Mistress of the Animals" and she had the power to control the lions.

In ancient Egypt, it is found associated either as a male or as a lioness to various Egyptian goddesses, as Nefertoum who is standing on a lying lion or to the nourishing goddess Rénénoutet, sometimes represented with a head of lioness.

The Far Eastern lion, the purely emblematic animal, has profound affinities with the dragon, with which it is sometimes identified. He plays a protective role against the harmful influences.

From China to the Middle East, kings and lords chose the lion as a symbol of their power. In China, stone statues of lions are since millenniums symbolic guardians, full of nobility and magic power, of the temples of the Gods and the palaces of kings and princes.

The presence of the lion is found naturally in ancient Rome, where it was used to magnify its power. The lions, harnessed to the tanks of the winners, have participated in their triumph.

The characteristics possessed by the lion clearly show us why the lords of Europe and elsewhere have adopted the lion in their heraldic code. The knights, as their armor made it difficult to recognize during tournaments and battles, have the lions or other images painted on their shields, on their overall of arms, on their banner...

The lion emphasizes the courage and nobility of one who puts it on his arms. Thus it appears from the twelfth century on the arms of the Plantagenet family, which became kings of England, including, in particular, the famous Richard "Lion Heart."

Likewise, the lion exists in the arms of the kingdoms of Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well as in those of several cities like Zurich and Luxembourg, for example, or as a commemorative icon like the sculpture of Lion of Belfort in France, made by the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi in 1870. The knighthood orders of the lion are also created.

The lion is also a symbol of wild beauty for great artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Gustave Doré, Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Henceforth, the lion has become a symbol of majesty in Western culture. The numerous meanings that people have given to him over time, have forwarded this image of great power, sparkling courage, nobility and incomparable honesty. Being a symbol of power, the lion is also that of justice: from where come the lions of Solomon's throne, of the throne of French kings, of the medieval bishops etc...

Companion of gods and goddesses, kings and saints, divine symbol, a victim of the whims and cruelty of men, feared or revered, hunter but also hunted, example of virtue or a simple decorative pattern, the lion is all that at once.

Swiss automatic tourbillon, 72 hours power reserve, 21,600vph, 27 jewels.

Hours, minutes, tourbillon.

White gold, pavé diamonds, water resistant to 3 atm, 50mm/15.6mm.

Hand decorated 3 layer guilloché dial, with engraved golden figure of lion.

White gold, pavé diamonds.

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