Ptolemaic Watch

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Description

Ptolemaic Watch

In order to understand Ptolemaic theory, created by the great Egyptian astrologer, Claudius Ptolemy (c. AD 141), upon which this whimsical timepiece is based, one must first consult the internet or encyclopedia. If that doesn’t work, you’re on your own.

What we can tell you, is that this colorful watch features the sun on the minute hand and the moon on the hour hand with the earth at the center of the solar system. Its handsome black leather band is accented with matching blue stitching.

The sleek case is made of a nickel-free, zinc alloy. Measures 1 ½” diameter. Japanese quartz movement. Comes with a one-year warranty.

Reflective of the glorious Egyptian sets created for the Metropolitan Opera’s exquisite production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

This special timepiece makes an ideal gift for those, who have everything under the sun, wherever it may be.

  • Multi-color face
  • 1 ½” diameter
  • Black leather band with blue stitching
  • Nickel-free zinc alloy case
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Not waterproof
  • One-year warranty

History

Aida

This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.

Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.

Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.

 

 

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