At the end of the Gucci Resort 2018 show, held in Florence’s opulent Palazzo Pitti, creative director Alessandro Michele sauntered down the yellow carpet with a green Knicks baseball cap, a couple of necklaces from the Le Marché des Merveilles collection, rings on every finger and a white T-shirt emblazoned with two intertwined pink snakes and the call to action: Guccify Yourself.
Ever since Michele set foot in Gucci, the talented designer has cast his eclectic, opulent and irreverent spell on everything the brand produces. Watches are no exception, and are designed in tandem with catwalk collections.
Plexiglas, the trademark name of a material made from acrylic plastic, is not something you come across often in watchmaking, but with Michele on board, anything is possible. The transparent grey Plexiglas case and bracelet give the watch a very 1970s mood and feel to the watch and, combined with the yellow gold PVD studs and a skeleton dial, maybe neo-Glam Punk is a more fitting description.
With its rainbow Plexiglas case and bangle, complete with gold glitter and colorful crystal studs, you can almost hear Gloria Gaynor singing in the background.
The G-Timeless 38mm model fits right in with the Alessandro Michele’s “gender-fluid” approach to watches and jewellery. A unisex size that looks good on men and women’s wrists, the dial of this watch, made from black leather with an embossed cat motif, is a nod to Gucci’s famous leather goods. Instead of a leather strap, the watch comes on a black rubber strap with a prominent, raised Gucci logo.
The golden bumble bee, Gucci’s new icon, and the counterweight on the seconds hand featuring the classic interlocking Gs of Gucci leave no doubts about the provenance of this model. The crackled turquoise dial and the pyramid studs on the bezel add a tactile element to this watch, which, like all the models selected by The Jewelry Editor, is fitted with a Swiss quartz movement.
Amy’s choice is hallmark Michele with its snake motif embroidered on the dial and a unisex 38mm diameter case. The NATO strap in blue and red nylon features the words “L’aveugle par amour” woven into the material, which is Gucci’s new mantra, meaning “blind for love”.
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