CDG 1970 A tribute to Charles de Gaulle

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“Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our troubles, there is the greatest glory in the world, the glory of the men who have not yielded. » Charles de Gaulle - July 14, 1943.

To honor the memory of Charles de Gaulle 50 years after his death, Col&MacArthur unveils this unique collection. It contains unalterable symbols and revisits in poetry the life of a Man embrassing a unique journey.

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Charles de Gaulle automatique

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General information
Guarantee 2 years
Weight 78,6g
Origin Swiss
Type Mechanical
Line Sellita
Complication Date
Caliber SW200-1
Size 11 1/2 '''
Frequency 4 Hz
Number of Jewels 26
Power Reserve 38 hours
Diameter 43 mm
Thickness 12,6 mm
Materials Stainless steel 316L
Coating Black
Glass Sapphire
Lug-width 20 mm
Seal 5 atmosphere (50 meters)
Case back
Materials Stainless steel 316L
Closure mechanism Screwed
Materials Leather
Color Black
Buckle Deploying
Bracelet length 180 mm - 220 mm

Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle commonly known as General de Gaulle or sometimes simply the General, born on November 22, 1890 in Lille and died on November 9, 1970 in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, is a French soldier, resistant, statesman and writer.

A man of values

In mainland France, the Croix de Lorraine as an emblem of free France has been known since 1940 by both BBC broadcasts and parachuted leaflets, and serves a number of isolated individuals to express their sympathy with the English or free France. In 1941, the BBC more explicitly encouraged the use of this symbol in patriotic events such as November 11 or July 14.

Generally speaking, the Croix de Lorraine appears as the symbol of national unification under the aegis of de Gaulle.

Later on, the Croix de Lorraine can be found on numerous monuments to the French dead of the Second World War, as well as on numerous monuments and coins of the period in honour of the Internal Resistance.

charles-de-gaulle.jpgCharles de Gaulle
croix_de_lorraine.jpgThe croix de Lorraine

A man of unity

While the German army marched in Paris on June 14, 1940, Winston Churchill accepted the principle of a Franco-British union, de Gaulle learned on his return to Bordeaux, the resignation of the President of the Council Paul Reynaud, replaced by Marshal Pétain. The "winner of Verdun", very popular with the French, is preparing to negotiate the terms of an armistice with Germany. Refusing defeat, de Gaulle returned to London on 17 June to continue the fight. It was then that de Gaulle became the symbol of the resistance.

Indeed, the appeal of 18 June is the first speech given by General de Gaulle on the radio of London, on the BBC, on 18 June 1940. This text is an appeal to all the French soldiers, engineers or workers who specialize in armaments who are in British territory to get in touch with him to continue the fight against Germany and where he predicts the globalization of war.

Head of Free France then head of the French Committee for National Liberation during the Second World War, President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic from 1944 to 1946, President of the French Council of Ministers from 1958 to 1959, instigator of the Fifth Republic founded in 1958, he is president of the French Republic from January 8, 1959 to April 28, 1969. He was the first to hold the supreme office under the Fifth Republic.

discours.jpgThe call of 18 June 1940
president.jpg1st President of the Vth Republic

A man of faith

Charles de Gaulle will bear witness to his deep faith in God at the end of his life in his Memoirs of War: "My mother bore to the homeland an uncompromising passion equal to his religious piety. Among de Gaulle, we believe in God and in France: one does not go without the other. The life of the young Charles, baptized from his first day, is therefore placed under the sign of the cross."

Also, Admiral Philippe de Gaulle said in an interview: "More than 1,700 books have been written about my father, but they all say the same thing. They are talking about the patriotic politician while my father was walking on his two legs: his patriotism and his Christian faith," Admiral Philippe de Gaulle said.

Charles de Gaulle’s Catholicism, of course, overflowed his personal life to irrigate his social life. The conviction that without faith, and a singular and regular relationship with God, Charles de Gaulle would not have existed as we know him gradually appeared to me. He would not have accomplished his work of salvation for France and part of the world"- Laurent de Gaulle.

A caring father

Anne de Gaulle, daughter of General de Gaulle, was born on 1 January 1928 in Trier.

Since Anne lived with an intellectual disability (she had Down syndrome), Gaulle’s spouses never separated from her until her death. The members of Gaulle’s family and their relatives testified that General de Gaulle, reputed to have a restrained love towards his family, was more warm and extroverted with Anne described as"sweet, near and far".

The photograph was taken in Brittany in 1933. The same year, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. But, at this moment, Charles De Gaulle is only an attentive and happy father, entirely focused on the one he calls"my joy".

Anne died at the age of 20, on February 6, 1948, following complications of pneumonia.

When General de Gaulle died on November 9, 1970, he was buried beside his daughter. For eternity, her"father"watches over her.

papa.pngAnne and Charles de Gaulle - 1933

A charismatic man with many symbols

General de Gaulle’s 2 kepis have become real symbols of this extraordinary man.

  • The stars of his General kepi
  • The gold leaves on the side of the watch, references to the kepi worn during the official outings of General de Gaulle

Features and points representing the walrus referring to the technology used at the time of the resistance to communicate and meaning"Living France"often mentioned by Charles de Gaulle.

kepi_etoile.jpgService cap
kepi_dore.jpgCeremonial kepi
vivre_la_france.jpgVive la France
Blondy Céline le 15/10/2021
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Excellent! I am delighted with the CDG watch I ordered for my partner. The packaging was neat and met my expectations. The watch is of great quality and I was amazed by the number of details so finely realized. I am very pleased with the quality of the watch and the service I received. I am sure I will recommend a new watch from them because of the quality and emotion of the meanings it gives off. Thank you for this fabulous work.

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Note: Cette collection “CDG1970” est la propriété de Col&MacArthur et n’est le fruit d’une quelconque collaboration avec la famille de Gaulle ou institutions.