Gucci watches: what to expect from the luxury fashion brand’s first foray into high watchmaking – plus Omega’s Olympics-inspired timepiece
The world of horology is flashing us its latest luxury launches that got our eyes to twinkle. Today STYLE has selected the latest luxury timepieces that you would not want to miss, from Omega’s 2020 Olympics special to Gucci’s first foray into high watches.
Gucci goes watch
This year marks the 100th anniversary for Italian luxury brand Gucci, and the house has chosen this moment to add watchmaking to its expansive portfolio. In fact it experimented with horology back in 1972, and this time around Gucci introduced four lines of high watchmaking – Gucci 25H, G-Timeless, Grip and high jewellery watches. Under the helm of creative director Alessandro Michele, the new timepieces embody a century of the house’s legacy, including the connection with flora and fauna, talismans and the emblematic “Interlocking G” logo.
The Gucci 25H bears a playfully symbolic name, containing a number that Michele considers a talisman and which often features in his collections for Gucci. The GG727.25 calibre references other important numerical symbols. Available in steel and pavé-set models, with tourbillon versions in platinum and yellow gold.
The G-Timeless haute horology line includes five variations. One of the highlights, the Dancing Bees, features the brand’s iconic bees embellished in high jewellery, moving on the dial. Other statement designs include the G-Timeless Automatic with bee motif, jewelled hard stone dials and precious skin straps, the G-Timeless with moon phases and the G-Timeless Pavé.
In the five-design Grip collection, precious materials are again finished with decorative Gucci motifs and cutting-edge complications. Each Grip has a Jump Hour movement module that hops forward every hour and a minutes disc that rotates through 60 minutes.
The high jewellery collection also draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic emblems – Dionysus, Lion Head and Gucci Play – with all the models complemented by a high-accuracy quartz movement.
The Olympic Games are always a special occasion, bringing the world together around a common goal – to see mankind push the limits of physical effort. Swiss watchmaker Omega, the official Games timekeeper, is celebrating this momentous occasion with a new timepiece – the Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020.
Omega was inspired by the official emblem and colours of the 2020 Olympic Games, combining them with its own top-of-class watchmaking to create this latest Seamaster model. The case is crafted from stainless steel, with a blue ceramic bezel and a white ceramic dial engraved with a wave pattern, while the sapphire glass caseback bears a transfer of the official Tokyo 2020 emblem.
The watch is equipped with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, which is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to the highest standards of performance – befitting for a special edition commemorating such a gathering of the world’s greatest athletes.
- To mark the Italian house’s 100th anniversary, Gucci has unveiled four new timepiece lines: Gucci 25H, G-Timeless, Grip and high jewellery watches
- Elsewhere, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 was inspired by the official emblem and colours of the postponed 2020 Olympic Games