Cassini Chrono Collection
Suspended at Zero Gravity
WHEN A MOMENT MAKES HISTORY
Inspired by the interplanetary Cassini-Huygens mission, the new AB AETERNO chronograph takes its name from the achievement of the impossible, 04:12 (GMT), the 1st of July 2004, when, after seven years of navigation, Cassini became the first probe to enter into Saturn’s orbit.
The special CASSINI 412 model celebrates this important scientific success, a design that is lightweight yet durable, the same necessary characteristics of materials used in space.
The dial is composed of two chronographic counters at 12 (60 seconds) and at 6 (60 minutes). A high precision drawing of Saturn’s profile embellishes the quadrant and an internal bezel recalls the mission’s main stops.
The Collection is a limited edition of 1.509 exclusive chronograph. This is a significant number, which marks the end date of the mission: September 15th.
A “MADE IN ITALY” MISSION
Launched in 1997 with the objective to study the Saturn system, the Cassini-Huygens mission in space is one of the most significant in the history of Solar System exploration. The mission was named for the Italian astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini, a pioneer of Saturn studies.
This is but one reason we take pride in this being a “Made in Italy” mission. The ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana - Italian Space Agency) has indeed collaborated closed with NASA to assure such an extraordinary outcome of the mission. Cassini-Huygens owes much of this success to the great parabolic antenna constructed in Italy, which has permitted the transmission of data and images to Earth, revolutionising our knowledge of Saturn, its rings and its moons.
A long and tortuous journey, lasting 20 years, will come to an end this 15 September 2017, when the Cassini probe will descend into Saturn’s atmosphere marking the conclusion of a series of scientific triumphs that have responded to many a mystery about our solar system.