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Hands-On with the Fashionably Nostalgic Gucci G-Timeless Automatic

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Gucci has had a good run of late under the direction of creative director Alessandro Michele who was installed in 2015. With creations alternately flamboyant and nostalgic, Michele made Gucci cool again, a success reflected in the 48% increase in first quarter sales for the year.

Alongside the rejuvenated fashion and leather goods, Gucci watches have a similar visual style, which a vaguely retro feel and a lot of colourful, embroidered dials. The watch line-up includes hits and misses – the fabric dials are unusual but appealing while the longstanding G-shaped bezel looks dated – but most notable, despite the clumsy name, is the G-Timeless 38mm Automatic. read more

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The History Of Portuguese Filigree Reinterpreted In A Single Luxury Jewelry Brand: Eleuterio

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Ian and I had the recent pleasure of visiting the high-end Portuguese jewelry brand Eleuterio in northern Portugal, which specializes in a contemporary interpretation of the local traditional art of filigree.

“Filigree” is a word we sometimes use when writing about watches to describe intricate and delicate metal work, whether as decoration in the movement or as stand-alone artwork (the Vacheron Constantin Ottoman Architecture Fabuleux Ornemants springs to mind as a perfect example of the way we use this word in watches). read more

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Orbital Mechanics: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time With “Orbiting” Flying Tourbillon

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What is an orbit? According to NASA, “an orbit is a regular, repeating path that one object in space takes around another one.” The key words there are “in space.”

Newton’s First Law states, “. . . an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” It’s sort of like a merry-go-round, but one with just horses and empty space. read more