From 2 December the permanent collection of the Ambrosiana Picture Gallery has a new protagonist: the Chiaravalle tower clock, made and officially presented in 2019 by Dolce & Gabbana who finally donated it to the Milanese institution.
The improvements of the genius Leonardo
The Italian fashion and luxury brand that for some years has decided to enter the world of haute horlogerie has thus reproduced the complex structure of the astronomical mechanism ofChiaravalle Abbey, adding the final touch of the improvements (such as the worm screw that allows the mechanism to have fewer gears) conceived and described by Leonardo in one of the pages of his Codex Atlanticus. The latter among the most important works collected in the same Pinacoteca together with Musician (also by Leonardo), to the Caravaggio fruit basket, al Preparatory cartoon for Raphael’s School of Athens.
In the Sala Federiciana with the Codex Atlanticus
From now on, once inside the Federiciana room of the oldest museum in Milan, visitors together with the pages of the Codex Atlanticus will also be able to admire this complex clock. It deals with obviously a single piece with large dimensions (60 x 60 x 220 cm) created by the maison together with an Italian watchmaker who presents a first dial for the minutes and a second for the hours which, following the Hora Italica, are here marked on the 24 hours. Then, again, the phases of the moon are indicated, the movements of the sun (since geocentrism was the most popular theory in the 16th century) and the zodiac on a lapis lazuli dial.
Dolce & Gabbana fine watchmaking on display
In all, the pieces used to compose this mechanical marvel were only 53. Furthermore, until 12 December on display in the Ambrosiana rooms it is possible to see a selection of the most important pieces of haute horlogerie, this time for wrists, made by Dolce & Gabbana.