The Duo map.
The political map (switched off) shows the various countries of the earth in many matched colours.
The physical map (switched on) shows the mountains, the plates, the plains and sea-beds.
The map is adjusted manually on a blown crystal sphere that is seamless and highly luminous.
The impression of relief shown by the illuminated map is really astonishing. Columbus doesn't just print their globes; they strive to create an incredibly deep, flawless shine. It all starts in their state-of-the-art 'clean printing room', where their craftsmen work just with superior acrylic sheets. Bringing in all kind of papers is strictly forbidden, because it would bring in fine paper dust particles which could later be attracted in the printing process. Printing up to 24 successive layers of colors, there's a curing process between each layer, along with an inspection and careful cleaning. Once the printing is complete, a high gloss clear coat layer is applied over the entire map, then it is sent back for inspection to our cartographic department.
Unmistakable Columbus cartography: Splendour of Elegance.
This model is a particular masterpiece of traditional globe manufacturing combined with innovative technology. The manufacturing of a hand-blown 21 inch large crystal glass globe is a true challenge that only a handful of glass artisans worldwide can conquer. This is why it takes many days until the selected materials can be turned into a cartographic and optical masterpiece with a great deal of experience, ability and passion. The cartography is hand-papered. This technique, handed down from generation to generation, has only been mastered by Columbus.
The passion and the craft required to produce this model, its stately size, simple elegance and extraordinary quality make it something truly special - unique and impossible to imitate.
This globe is the result of a successful collaboration between designers, cartographers and glass-blowers.
4D Globe App for iPhone and iPad
Once downloaded, you will have access to the latest information on the world. Move your iPhone or iPad above your illuminated DUO globe, and you will let float current weather information, temperature of all important cities around the world. Or simply choose our encyclopaedia for all countries to learn more exciting and important things of our world. This encyclopaedia is updated daily. Or did you ever wonder about the inner earth core? This and other features like alternative maps are available with the 4D Globe App!
Knowledge and astonishment are guaranteed. New themes are offered step-by-step. This feature is only available for DUO series of Columbus globes.