By Kien Lee
Gucci is best known for its ready-to-wear fashion and luxury handbags, yet what remains understated so far is that the Italian company has also been making watches since 1972.
To mark twenty five years of its Swiss timepieces, a golden anniversary no less, Gucci has released a second series of aesthetically spectacular high-complication timepieces that are set with sparkling gemstones.
Inspired by the sleek forms of contemporary architecture, GUCCI 25H encapsulates the House’s aesthetic and highlights the brand’s understanding of fine-watchmaking codes.
With its 8mm-thick case and see-through dial, the GUCCI 25H Skeleton Tourbillon is designed around the movement, creating an illusion of floating mechanics above the bridges at the base of the dial.
With skeleton hands adding a subtle layering effect, the craftsmanship of this timepiece is attested by a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. This feature regulates timekeeping, while its technical design adds a contemporary, decorative touch.
With its 12 gemstones circling the dial, the G-Timeless Planetarium shines a precious light on time’s ever-changing view.
The gem-set wheel is activated through a button, rotating around the dial in a gala of light. The arrow-shaped watch hands pay homage to high watchmaking’s heritage of fine technical detail, while each turn of the dial is a playful reminder of Gucci Swiss Timepieces’ dynamic fusion of new technology and timeless Italian style.
G-Timeless Moonlight’s dial is decorated with an ever-changing moon, which starts its journey from a gleaming silver crescent to evolve into a pearlescent whole.
Created around the new, Gucci caliber GGV838.MP, the sheer technological precision of this timepiece allows it to dictate its own time, following the 29.5-day lunar month.
A feat of high watchmaking excellence, this timepiece only needs to be adjusted every 360 years.
Grip Sapphire combines a retro-digital look with precious, technological materials.
Crafted from sapphire crystal, this Jump Hour watch is defined by contrasting colored glass on the minutes and hour windows—a playful technical detail speaking to Gucci’s approach to design.
Two mint green Grip iterations are added to the collection, each with a transparent caseback.
The first features two laser-cut turquoise hours and minutes discs, while the other showcases mauve-pink discs. Each design is completed with a matching transparent rubber strap and sapphire crown.
G-TIMELESS DANCING BEES
Drawing on the eclectic spirit of the House, nature-inspired motifs blend with the exceptional design of G-Timeless Dancing Bees — a compelling timepiece with a high jewelry touch defined by bees that shimmer and move on the dial.
For the new collection, Gucci presents new diamond-set additions to the family where master craftsmen have heightened the natural, glossy sheen of two rare opal varieties to form rectangular bricks, creating a miniature chevron pattern on a mother-of-pearl dial.