The Gucci Bamboo Collection
In 1920, a young Italian hotel worker was inspired by the high quality luxury luggage he saw, prompting him to start a leather goods store of his own. By 1947, Guccio Gucci’s business had evolved from humble beginnings in Florence to purveyors of international status symbols, with baggage and accessories flaunted by royalty and Hollywood’s elite. In that year, Gucci first used bamboo for their handbag handles, created through an intricate process of heating and moulding. Today, bamboo is as synonymous with the brand as its ‘double G’ logo and ‘green-red-green’ stripe motif.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Gucci timepiece, released in 1972, the Italian luxury brand has launched a brand-new ladies’ Bamboo Collection. Just like the iconic handbag handles, the bamboo used in the new collection is shaped and carved by hand, meeting the exact design specifications of the company’s renowned creative director Frida Giannini.
Where previous timepieces featured a bamboo bracelet and rectangular case (a similar aesthetic to Gucci’s bamboo bracelets) the new editions include a circular bezel inlaid with bamboo, and an elegant stainless steel bracelet with a horse bit motif. While each piece features gently tapered hands and a subtle “Swiss made” stamp below the 6 o’clock numeral, there are three variants of the sun-brushed dial: brown, black or silver.
Aside from their exquisite use of a panda’s favourite food, Gucci offer a large range of exceptional watch collections for the fairer sex. The 1921 Collection for example, pays tribute to Gucci’s heritage with leather goods, sporting a very unique leather-clad case, available in four different calfskin colours. The Twirl Collection is aptly named thanks to a particularly innovative feature: the watch case turns in on itself, transforming the piece into an evocative bracelet. And the women’s G-Chrono Collection boasts a chronograph movement within a thoroughly unabashed 44mm case – the all-white ceramic version is especially eye catching YA101346.
Gucci, of course, also offer plenty of superb collections for men. One of the most recognisable aspects of a Gucci watch is the iconic G-shaped bezel, as seen in the estimable men’s G-Chrono Collection. The Gucci Coupe, on the other hand, is redolent of the Tag Heuer Monaco collection, with its rectangular case and vintage motorsports aesthetic.
One of their newest lines is the innovative I-Gucci Collection, designed specifically for the man who demands a stylish accoutrement to sporting activity. The 49mm piece features a digital dual chronograph, a tachymeter, a pedometer, a countdown timer for sailing regattas, and a vast array of colourful rubber straps. It’s design, materials and functionality are a far cry from the Bamboo collection, which is surely a testament to the multifarious and adventurous nature of this fine Italian watch manufacturer.
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