Last year Cannes saw the hardest cases crossing the Croisette in a tank; quite atypical for the region. The armoured boys arrived to the press conference of Expandables 3 each receiving a numbered piece of de GRISOGONO Instrumento N°Uno special series for the stunt from Fawaz Gruosi.
Thanks to the act, the manly timepiece, being a contemporary and one of the strongest pieces of the brand, has been even further associated with brave hearts and muscles.
“I think in volumes, I imagine in colours, I design in light”, as Mr. Gruosi described his visions, and one year later he presented the watch dressed for new moods.
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White shirt, dark suit – not the dress the EX3 gents usually wear, but something they need to have tailored for the Oscars. The new black dial and rose gold Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar will be the matching precious accessory, which shares the size and shape of its predecessors, but strums more sophisticated strings. Calibre QA 20 – 89 is in the heart of the watch with a self-winding 4Hz mechanism. De GRISOGONO’s first watch collection was launched 15 years ago and Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar is among the novelties giving the anniversary an elevated atmosphere.
Another elegant piece of the anniversary series is the new version of the original Instrumento N°Uno, which we imagine to led a sophisticated bling to a poolside dinner. The shape is again the same, but the old silvered dial together with the rose gold has a warm radiance.
The numbers 5, 6, 7 have been removed and the other applied gold numerals shape an arc of a fountain; they symmetrically increase on both sides from the 12. Under the dial a calibre DF 11-89’s rotor gathers kinetic energy every time the wearer lifts the champagne glass.
A day on the yacht
Next morning, when the sun’s up again, I’d suggest you to take the Instrumento Carbon Chrono, which is a new sporty model from the collection. It has a deep black carbon case and this time an integrated rubber strap. The case and lugs are cut and shaped from solid blocks of carbon formed from stacks of compressed layers of carbon fibres. This technique creates an interesting texture. The matte black dial and the vivid green numerals and hands make a powerful contrast. To increase the luminescent effect, the whole hour numerals are made of luminescent material. The watch is powered by automatic calibre CR 10-82.
Ladies have always been at the very heart of Fawaz Gruosi and he has designed gorgeous time and jewellery pieces for women over the years.
Since 2000 de GRISOGONO applies an haute couture technique in watchmaking in the Grappoli collection. It includes colourful timepieces with briollete-cut gemstones sewed on the case, shaping a moving flower or a grape. It is made by hand and the technique gives the 70 stones freedom to move. The dial and part of the case is entirely snow-set with gemstones, in a matching “tone on tone” colour – it makes the watch even more eye-catching. This year the brand created new colour combinations with great gemstones (such as Paraiba tourmalines, pink opals or dark pink sapphires), these timepieces really fresh up your spring!
The Boule jewels are a popular choice on the red carpet since 1999 and now it received a fresh new look. One novelty is very pure and simple: a sphere in gold, ivory or amber set on gold. The other is the gem-version with honeycomb pattern; it gives a bright and coloured structure with the geometrically arranged cells randomly set according to the snow-set technique. This collection features earrings, rings, and a 1.50-metre-long sautoir necklace playing with a generous length and a cascade of faceted balls.
Moving, twirling and intertwining are signature motifs on de GRISOGONO jewels. The latest addition is a “stormy” one; the Vortice pieces are like little wind storms around your finger or on your earlobes. They are available in a fully gem-set version or featuring an original asymmetrical half-setting.
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