Tuesday, June 23, 2015

de GRISOGONO New Retro

With the new Retro Collection, de GRISOGONO once again demonstrates its skill at transposing the aesthetic principles and timeless elegance of the past into the present. A simple design made for modern-day individuals of taste and infused with a sense of broad panoramas evoking the chic style of the Fifties. This collection is entirely rooted in the idea that the whole concept of wearing a watch is similar to wearing a chic and timeless bespoke outfit. A piece that subtly combines vintage delights with modern touches.  The New Retro encapsulates values relating both to vision and tradition.
The clear, simple lines of its large, rectangular case – 12 mm thick, 50 mm wide and 44 mm long – are balanced with gently sensuous rounded angles. A minimalist, uncompromising design that soberly expresses time in a two-handed model. A black-lacquered gold crown, positioned at 12 o’clock, on which the de GRISOGONO coat of arms appears in shades of gold. An easily readable dial, adorned with a round counter and Arabic numerals in a new font developed by de GRISOGONO. Cut-outs at 3 and 9 o’clock create a transparent effect and the impression that both the dial and the movement are suspended in a glass cage. The two curved sapphire crystals are identical and subtly connected by a thin gold band. This was a veritable construction challenge overcome by de GRISOGONO.
Meticulously crafted right the way down to the finest details, this watch representing the ultimate in elegant timepieces is infinitely soft to the touch and radiates an extremely sensual smooth appearance. With this creation, de GRISOGONO succeeds in “squaring the circle” by revealing a new watch that bears within it all the wisdom of the passing of time, and which provides its own way of wearing time and history on the wrist. The New Retro fits perfectly into a minimalist ethos. Dressed in five different outfits, it remains true to the timeless spirit of the modern dandy. This tasteful watch with its impeccable clothes is also ideally suited to a more casual look. This is a truly versatile style that can be paired with all the mainstays of menswear, from chic dandy style to classically understated pieces, from a deliberately casual look to the most eccentric allure.
The refined aura of the New Retro imbues it with a strong feeling of kinship with the Fifties look, the ultimate expression of sartorial elegance and a style akin to that of the modern-day dandy. Meanwhile, the colour palette expresses classical dress sense through an off-white dial with creamy undertones and a deep house signature black tone. The most iconic version features an original and daring colour scheme in the form of subtly graded shades of green that convey the impression of a dial that has survived the passage of time. This unique hue strikes a powerful contrast with the super-LumiNova® markers featuring rich colour combinations that infuse the blue with a shimmering iridescence. These nuances are strongly reminiscent of Zellige, the famous enamel-covered terra cotta mosaic patterned tile work from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions so dear to the creator of this watch. The result is a vintage-effect dial evoking the inimitable patina of time and giving the piece its strong, uncontrived character.
In order to achieve the accuracy of colour and the depth of nuance sought by its designer, the dial features a matt, sand-blasted finish. Its retro look is accentuated by the fact that it is reminiscent of the dials on old alarm clocks – made of light-coloured wallpaper with contrasting hour-markers that are extremely pronounced and readable – discoloured by time. A dial which also bears the chiaroscuro effect that is cherished by de GRISOGONO.
Powered by a black PVD-coated mechanical self-winding movement, the New Retro displays a highly elegant gold, open-worked oscillating weight reprising de GRISOGONO’S emblematic scrolling motif. Its impeccable style continues right down to the shape of its movement, whose mainplate has been incorporated into a base that is an identical reproduction of the shape of the watch. The New Retro’s large, elegant strap made of large square-scale alligator leather features a saddle-stitch finish.

Technical details
Calibre DG 10-01 mechanical, self-winding
Oscillating weight in gold with new blackened appearance
Adorned with elegant openwork scrolling pattern
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz

Hours, minutes

New Retro/ N01, N02, N03, N04
Case:  rose or white gold- 12 mm thick, 50 mm wide and 44 mm long
Water-resistance: 3 ATM
Crown: black lacquered gold featuring the de Grisogono coat-of-arms at 12 o’clock
Dial: black, off-white, graded shades of green
Strap: black alligator leather, large square scales
Triple folding clasp rose or white gold

New Retro/ N05
Case: black PVD- 12 mm thick, 50 mm wide and 44 mm long
Dial: black
Crown: black lacquered featuring the de Grisogono coat-of-arms at 12 o’clock
Strap: black alligator leather, large square scales
Triple folding clasp black PVD coated steel.

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