THE SOUL OF FRANCE
The history of France is made up of great moments, discoveries, inventions, victories, defeats, revolutions, and great men. And among these great men, there is no doubt that the most emblematic of all was also one of the most famous in the history of mankind: Napoléon Bonaparte.
A great conqueror and strategist, known for his military genius and modernity, no one has left such a mark on France's history.
From battle to battle, from victory to victory, from the scorching deserts of Egypt to the frozen land of Russia, becoming at his peak the Emperor of the French, Napoléon Ier, reigning over part of Europe. But before that, he was Général Bonaparte.
The Général Bonaparte, first watch manufactured under our new brand name, BRAVOURE, is limited to 250 pieces for the anniversary of Napoléon Bonaparte's birth, the August 15th 1769.
Made entirely of 316L stainless steel, the Général Bonaparte has a finely sandblasted finish, contrasting with the brilliance of the dial and hands. Screwed for optimal sealing, the crown has its engraving filled with a gold colour, as often seen in the decorations on Officers' swords.
Made of high quality, dark blue selected calf leather, the two-part strap is a reminder of the Bleu de Roi woollen uniform, the colour of the National Army and of Général Bonaparte.
On a cream white enamel dial, the tricolour cockade, symbol of the French Nation, is represented on the seconds dial at 6 o'clock, with red on the outside, blue and white in the centre, in the manner of the Emperor.
The Roman numerals are in dark blue, to recall, once again, the French colours. The offset pear-shaped hands, for the hours and minutes, and simple ones for the seconds, are all polished and blued.
On a slightly raised, brushed brass dial is engraved the quote "Quand on veut on peut, quand on peut on doit", which translates as "When we want to we can, when we can we must", attributed to Napoléon Bonaparte.
Made in the style of a medal, the back commemorates, in brilliant polished relief, some of Général Bonaparte's most brilliant victories.
L'AN IV and l'AN VII correspond respectively to the years 1796 and 1798. Following the Revolution of 14th July 1789, the Gregorian calendar was officially replaced by the Republican Calendar, beginning in 1792.
Repealed in 1805, it was sometimes also used in conjunction with the traditional calendar, but it was thought interesting to incorporate it into this timepiece, also representing a tumultuous period and subject to all kinds of passions!