Baselworld 2016: Gucci’s catwalk watch

During last week’s Baselworld 2016 – the annual Swiss watch and fine jewellery fair – Gucci’s booth was a well appointed showcase for Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s eclectic and desirable creations. Amidst sparkling finery and precious metals, displayed against Glen Luchford’s cinematic campaign images, was Gucci’s most irreverent watch of the season – his contemporary take on the house’s famous green and red stripe. This plexiglas timepiece, with case and bangle made of the translucent material and boasting quartz movement, first appeared on the wrists of models walking the SS16 womenswear catwalk; it was paired with cobweb thin crochet gloves and navy leather skirt suits. Its engraved bee motif, hidden on the case back, also mirrored the rich brocade of dresses adorned with the same insect, intricately woven into the fabric.

The watch also popped up at Gucci’s AW16 menswear show. The rectangle design with signature green-red-green stripe and skeleton dial in gold finish echoed striped knitwear and graphic print fabrics. It also added the finishing touch to luxurious silk pyjama suits, designed to be worn outside the bedroom. Several months after, the yellow gold studded design was worn with rows of lion-headed rings and bamboo-handled snakeskin handbags during Gucci’s beautiful AW16 womenswear show. Founded in 1921, Gucci produced its first timepieces in the 1970s and this watch is an eccentric and beautiful reference of the brand’s early history. FB

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