- La Maison
- The Art of de GRISOGONO
- HIGH JEWELLERY
- Cannes 2018
When Fawaz Gruosi stamps his vision on time, he transforms it into gemset splendour,resulting in jewellery sculptures that tell the time. Watches imbued with the same complexity, the same high standards and the same jewellery expertise that define all his creations.
Like the de GRISOGONO jewellery creations, it radiates a noble bearing, backed by inimitable self-confidence and distinguished complex architecture imbued with unity and rhythm. Matter is tinged with poetry, of which the secret lies in a gemset gold wire structure that brings the silhouette of the watch to life. Evoking a stream of precious stones, CASCATA features dainty prongs paved with 126 brilliant-cut diamonds proudly bearing the 72 oval-cut stones composing the exquisitely hemmed watch bezel. The prongs dominate and punctuate a torrent of gems totalling more than 30 carats, forming a subtly graduated flow that in turn traces the oval shape of the watch and reveals a dial snow-set with 148 stones.
Patience and infinite care have been lavished on sculpting each and every detail of the gems adorning CASCATA. To ensure the densest possible setting and create the impression that the gems merge into a seamless whole, the artisans of the Maison de GRISOGONO have spent almost 100 hours recutting the oval-shaped stones.
The watch reveals its jewellery nature from all angles and is distinguished by its prong setting, a dial adorned with the gentle charm of snow setting and the case-back sculpted with volutes outlined in diamonds. A sophisticated and diverse setting that required 50 hours for the oval-cut stones and 20 hours for the prongs and the snow setting on the case-back and the volutes.
Artfully combining the jeweller’s favourite stones, its charm is conveyed through three colourful variations: white gold and white diamonds; white gold with emeralds on top and white diamonds below; and pink gold with amethysts and above and rubies beneath. The clasp itself displays a new aesthetic specially designed to match the spirit of the CASCATA watch. Shining in its centre sits an over one-carat rose-cut stone delicately framed by a pavé setting.
A magnificent and entrancing vision to be worn in a choice of versions graced with glittering diamonds, intense emeralds or royal amethysts.
I could spend hours just observing the choreography of hands, dancing fingers uniting and revealing materials. Under the creative impetus of Fawaz Gruosi, gold takes on a life of its own. Finely chased, hammered, open worked, sculpted and fashioned, malleable gold is interwoven with precious stones, blackened with rhodium, tracing the most beautiful shapes across the skin.
A cradle of beauty and uniqueness.
Executed in a serene and gentle manner, the endlessly repeated operations nonetheless remain unique. Jewellery-making here is no longer a question of following conventions, but instead about freedom, experimentation and discovery. Unexpected and ever-surprising, it serves the boundless creativity of a Maison that has long since made audacity its inimitable hallmark. An approach that runs against the prevailing tide while faithfully preserving perfection and quality.
On these workbenches where materials spring to life, a new aesthetic emerges and instinctively draws the gaze.
When creating feminine watches, Fawaz Gruosi conceives them as jewels that tell the time. He thus imbues their aesthetic with the same complexity, the same high standards and the same jewellery expertise that define all his creations.