The Columbus Ravensburg Illuminated Desktop Globe 13 Inch impresses with its sleek base, which supports the sphere with a feeling of weightlessness. The 13 Inch blue ocean globe is held 17 inches tall by the thinly styled high gloss chrome stand. A minimalist semi-meridian holds the globe at 23.5 degree tilt and features a time dial at its northern apex. The slight frame lets the beauty of the map itself shine.
The Ravensburg has a DUORAMA map, which thrills with its versatility. When the Columbus globe is not illuminated, a stunning physical map is showcased. Three dimensional shading portrays the earth's high mountains and deep waters. However, when the globe becomes illuminated, the green and yellow from the landmasses take on some qualities of a political map.
Despite the innovative and modern flavor of the desktop globe's DUORAMA technology, it's the model's craftsmanship that makes it an enduring model. The acrylic sphere is covered by Columbus' skilled artisans with a map that they hand cut and apply to the model. The manual craftsmanship solidifies the high quality construction that these German designed world globes are known for. The timeless appeal of the Columbus Ravensburg Illuminated Desktop Globe 13 Inch is apparent. Whether intended for a desk, bookshelf or coffee table in the home or office, the Columbus globe will bring wonder and cartographical information for a lifetime ahead.
The Ravensburg arrived in the mail. My wife and I picked this one out for our home because of its shiny metal base.