The Columbus Vienna Illuminated Desktop Globe with Swarovski 16 Inch impresses with its breathtaking design and dramatic size! The 16 inch sphere reaches 20 inches tall when sitting upon its high gloss brass colored base. The sphere is framed by the contemporary styled half-meridian, which holds it at a 23.5 degree angle and features a time dial at the top of the desktop globe. This Columbus model features Swarovski's luxurious Zirconia that are hand applied to the map, representing most country capitals, along with the planet's largest cities. The sophisticated beauty of the stones radiates as the globe is illuminated. The golden-hued Zirconia shimmer and twinkle with light, lending the model a kinetic charm! Each Zirconia is carefully crafted by Swarovski in Austria. All Swarovski Zirconia are laser engraved with Swarovski's seal of authenticity that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Additionally, the Zirconia boldly showcase an eight-point star pattern that becomes apparent with a Starscope.
The Vienna displays Columbus' unforgettable ROYAL map. The antique-ocean political map is enhanced by the multihued patchwork of the countries. Despite the vintage flavor, the world globe is packed with contemporary place names, shipping lanes, water currents and other cartographical details. The map takes on some physical attributes when illuminated. With the world globe's light on, the physical topography of the planet becomes subtly apparent through detailed three dimensional shading.
The acrylic sphere features a map that was manually cut and applied to the desktop globe by skilled artisans. Columbus has perfected its technique of hand making globes over its century long history. They remain one of the only manufacturer's that still relies on trained craftspeople to hand manufacture these stunning illuminated world globes. The Columbus Vienna Illuminated Desktop Globe with Swarovski 16 Inch is a superb model that thrills with its classic style. Whether intended for the home or office, this exceptional world globe will never go out of style.
A few thoughts on my Swarovski globe. I've had it for about a week now and I love it. The Swarovski Zirconia come alive in a really fascinating way when I turn on the globe's light. It has to be seen to really be experienced. This is a truly elegant model and I'm quite pleased with my choice and the ordering process.