On the occasion of the ceremonies held to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese navigator, Vasco de Gama, who was voyaging to India at the time, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso recently inaugurated an exhibition of Brazilian photos dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The venue was the Itamary Palace in Brazilia.
Before this official opening, addressing an invited audience of 300 guests and in the presence of the Swiss Ambassador to Brazil, Mr Francois Manfredini, Chairman of Zenith, presented President Cardoso with the Zenith 01/75 watch in rose gold made in a limited series to commemorate this historic anniversary. In compliance with the Brazilian law, which limits the value of gifts made to the President to 50 dollars, this timepiece worth 10,000 dollars will be auctioned for the benefit of the National Solidarity Fund.
With an Elite ultra-flat self-winding movement, this watch has a dial and back by Jorge Freitas, the ambassador of the Le Locle-based brand in Portugal, but better known to the public as an artist with many talents. The dial clearly shows its art deco inspiration while the domed back in 18 carat rose gold is decorated with an engraving recalling the landfall of Alvarez Cabral’s caravel in 1500. Made in 75 copies with the numbers marked on the dial and back these watches are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and will only be on sale Portugal and Brazil.