March 25, 2017
A new collection of ladies’ watches that like all the jeweller’s creations naturally seem to have been part of the brand forever
This supremely feminine jewellery watch embodies the quintessential skills cultivated by de GRISOGONO. An encounter with the artisans who have gold and diamonds at the tips of their fingers. From the first sketch to the final polishing operation on these timepieces graced with heavenly curves, de GRISOGONO reveals the secrets of its ateliers.
More than six months dedicated to researching the perfect shape, curve, purity and balance for the watch.
From first sketch to the wax model, from 3D modelling to the mock-up, along with gold casting, gemsetting and polishing: the very heart of this timepiece turned jewellery piece – and of this jewellery piece turned timepiece – relies on a clever blend of harmoniously balanced dimensions and asymmetrical effects.
None of the lines are straight in this creation that is instead all about rounded curves. A cambered and bevelled bezel, a domed dial, along with half-moon outlines, all contribute to an atypical timepiece conceived as a piece of jewellery. The LUNA watch symbolises the de GRISOGONO philosophy based on an absolute aesthetic quest, that in turn calls for outstanding technical solutions in order to give life to form while adapting to function.
Guided by the concise yet precise instructions provided by Fawaz Gruosi, 2D sketches and gouache paintings take shape beneath the deft pencil strokes of the in-house designers. The contours of the watch are then given specific measurements and degrees of curvature under the expert supervision of the engineers in the R&D department, taking into consideration the technical constraints relating to the making of such a model. In this original tandem between watchmaking and jewellery, the jewellery artisans have also sculpted the model by creating a wax prototype and shaping the supple material so as to achieve the closest possible resemblance with the initial design. The hand-crafted wax model, along with 3D modelling, then serve to fine-tune the shape of the watch and endow it with perfect proportions. Within this
generous and audacious process, even the slightest change in its measurements means rethinking the entire piece.
In this instance, the supreme quest for the most appealing possible shape involved more than 20 intermediate wax model stages. Before the watch is crafted in the noble and precious medium of gold, a last brass model is then produced and used to make the final necessary adjustments.