B02 in cream, seen with separate winding tool supplied with each watch
and glass layers stacked one above the other. The parts are held in place by four screws, which are then capped with genuine 6mm Swarovski crystals. For the dial itself, four large crystal-topped screws keep it in place, with 10 stones embedded in the hour positions (except for 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock) to serve as luminous indices. The crown, too, is fitted with a brilliant, 6mm diamond-cut stone, and the entire package is waterresistant to three ATM. So, if you happen to be poolside and forget to take it off, the watch will survive your
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dip. And once you exit the pool, you might check out the side of the Adesso. Built into it is what Giorgio calls “an original touch of design madness” – a thermometer. As the case is transparent, Giorgio can boast that: “the see-through case allows the admiration of the technical construction – every single piece of the movement, so that every little detail becomes no secret.” Securing the watch to the wrist is a silicon strap inspired by military tank treads, coloured to match the case. Colours include red, green, orange, black and clear – a lot of watch for only €490. In direct contrast to the Adesso is the Monforte, designed by brother Cesare. He felt it was time that one of the earliest styles of wristwatches – WWI military models – was revamped for the 21st Century. Fitted with the same base movement found in manual-wound Panerais and countless other oversized watches, Cesare has produced an eye-catching 46mm timepiece offered with assorted options, including a removable 50mm “hunter” case with WWI-style protective grid, and three case materials: stainless steel, black PVD or pink gold plated. Dial choices are black or white, both featuring precisely the graphics of military
watches of the early 20th Century, with the black dial’s numbers coloured in the caramel shade of aged luminous material familiar to collectors of vintage watches. It is supplied with either a black or white silicon strap, or a two-inch wide, wrist-band-type strap in python grain, and even that is convertible. If the wearer prefers, the wider back section can be removed, leaving a conventional thin strap. The Monforte in steel retails for €1,390. For 2010, Giorgio has harked back to the “kidney” shape of the model that launched the brand: the elegant Borgonovo. Now it emerges as a multi-material confection that possesses a frisson of outdoorsy sportiness, with the sort of edginess found in such icons as Hublot’s Big Bang and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore. This is a watch that won’t mind being knocked around a bit, and it seems tailored for beaches from Cap Ferrat to Kapalua. Employing the oval shape of Borgonovo, the BO2 boasts rubberised elements to complement stainless steel and anti-reflection sapphire glass, in a selection of cool colours ranging from black or white to pale blue, pale green and cream. BO2’s 57.2mm x 39.4mm case is made up of three horizontal layers, with separate bezel, case body and case back, held together by eight large case screws. The stainless steel bezel is then treated with rubber and decorated with eight unique case screws. A design fillip that also references earlier Borgonovos are a large “12” and “6” as the main indication, supported by plain indices, elevated from the dial surface. Finishing off the BO2 is a complex rubber strap rubber with the “Double G” Grimoldi logo butterfly buckle. As the retail price for the BO2 is only €2,300, one can imagine enthusiasts purchasing the entire palette – a BO2 for every occasion. After all, it’s what the welldressed Milanese would do. Visit www.grimoldiorologi.com for more information.
Published on Mar 8, 2010