Gucci, as a brand in its entirety, is undergoing much change – not least evident in the new dive watch collection.
A pre-Baselworld 2015 introduction saw the piece revealed to the world and if you’re getting a sniff of nostalgia, you’d be correct in your assumptions. Just two years ago, Gucci offered a limited edition dive watch that offered a Girard-Perregaux movement – a worldwide exclusive that only serious collectors managed to get their hands. The Gucci Dive is a logical sequel to this and presents a more accesible quartz version that still ticks all the boxes.
A uni-directional turning bezel frames a dial that has one key focus: legibility. A simplistic design allows for a more classic touch to the timepiece with SuperLuminova glossed hands and indices to suit all situations. Dark or dimly-lit conditions may never be a problem again. Furthermore, the traditional design is countered with a contemporary contrast; embossed rubber strap, sleek steel casing and a 200m water resistance. Never before has the old school and the new been so successfully married in the context of a dive watch.
The real strength from the Gucci dive collection lies in versatility, however. Unlike modern counterparts, an elegant design allows each piece to be seamlessly combined with either a casual or suited look. Iconic Gucci branding is subtle, with some versions offering the famous red and green stripe whilst others opt for a more sober colourway. But it’s not just something for the gents. A feminine take on the dive model has been offered for the women’s market and at least, there’s some much-needed diversity in the horological world.