- La Maison
- The Art of de GRISOGONO
- HIGH JEWELLERY
- Cannes 2018
When envisioning time, Fawaz Gruosi translates it into both feminine and masculine narratives. Elegantly magnifying traditional watchmaking forms, he remains consistently ahead of his time while honouring the past and creating the future.
“Whether visual, induced or real, movement is one of the signature characteristics of our creations.”
The first timepiece, the New Retro Double Jeu, is a surprising and offbeat model that diverts the primary purpose of the oscillating weight. While this watch is in fact driven by a quartz movement, its audacity lies elsewhere. While the dial provides a dual display – in a rectangular sapphire format and in a circular format – either flinqué or snowset, held by four rhodium-plated anthracite bridges –, the gaze is in fact drawn to the profile-turned outlines of a half-moon oscillating weight. With each flick of the wrist, and when the oscillating weight has performed one rotation, the dial suddenly springs to life. On either side of the dial, the stylised 3 and 9 o’clock Arabic numerals set with 62 diamonds pivot to reveal different colours on the front and back: brown and white diamonds for the pink gold model; and white and black diamonds for white gold. They bring an instinctive smile to the lips, reminding us of the playful spirit of the Maison de GRISOGONO, which finds the fun side in everything in a free and mischievous manner – while maintaining a consistent sense of elegance and distinction.
The New Retro Double Jeu comes in a choice of white or pink gold, with its rectangular case either framed by a 1.3-carat row of diamonds, or entirely set with diamonds totalling 4.3 carats.
The second reveals a new complication. Here again, the daring approach lies not in the power reserve itself, but in its original stage-setting. The New Retro is elegantly and soberly paired with this ‘form’ movement specifically developed to equip its rectangular case. The in-line calibre is naturally skeletonised so as to reveal the exquisite delicacy of its finishing. This sophisticated mechanism can be admired through the openworking, held by stylised anthracite rhodium-plated bridges with a structure subtly reminiscent of the radiator grilles on vintage cars. From the circular satin-brushed gear train to the sunburst ratchet wheel and the sandblasted mainplate and bridges, ultimate refinement is visible in each and every detail. The New Retro Power Reserve reveals its 48-hour power-reserve gauge at 12 o’clock. Available in pink or white gold versions fitted with an alligator leather strap, it will keep both wearers and observers mesmerised by every detail of its fascinating movement.
Imagined in 2008, born in 2015
NEW RETRO, a watch collection that honours the past while creating the future. Exuding a subtle blend of modern touches and a vintage feel, this is a watch composed of tradition and vision. An alliance between opposites. The clean-cut, simple lines of a wide rectangular-shaped case, balanced by gently curving rounded angles. A minimalist watch whose complexity lies in its construction, its case composed of two perfectly matching domed sapphire crystals, bound by a slender gold ribbon. A watch with peerless allure. Initially introduced in a soberly elegant two-hand version, it has since been adorned with snow-setting and then with baguette-cut gems. Its rectangular silhouette is interpreted in a large-sized 50.6 mm x 44.1 mm format, as well as a more androgynous 42.3 mm x 39.6 mm variation.
For its first horological complication – a skeleton tourbillon –, the New Retro has chosen to cultivate the non-conformist de GRISOGONO attitude with an exclusive movement featuring an unusual construction: curved right the way through to its bridges, based on a subtle interplay of symmetry and asymmetry, contrasting materials as well as transparency. Loyal as ever to his philosophy of daring to create shapes highlighting functions, of developing original complications and of playing with aesthetic codes to magnify the art of time measurement, Fawaz Gruosi sets his inimitable seal on two new creations that once again break free of existing conventions.