giuliano mazzuoli - Manometro Carrara
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giuliano mazzuoli - Manometro Carrara

Manometro Carrara

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The first watch in marble

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Manometro Carrara Blue dial

The first watch in marble
 
Cradle of the Renaissance and home to some of the greatest masters of the arts the world has ever known, Florence is a showcase of magnificence. Giuliano Mazzuoli is proud of his Florentine roots, and when asked what does the wondrous place he comes from inspire him to create, this time the answer comes from a piece of marble extracted from the caves of the Apuan Alps in Carrara located just 100 km from Florence. It is where Michelangelo personally went to select the marble to make his stunning sculpture of David that proudly stands at the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence, and it is where the Romans extracted the marble to build some of the most impressive buildings of Ancient Rome including the Pantheon. Carrara marble is universally recognized as the most prestigious marble in the world, and it is typically characterized by its white color and dark gray veins of varying tones. Each lot of marble is different and each stone has its own characteristics making every piece of Giuliano Mazzuoli’s Carrara watch unique. In manufacturing the watch, Swiss watchmaking is combined with traditional Italian craftsmanship and design making an exclusive timepiece. The marble case, made manually in Italy by master marble workers, houses a high-performance Swiss automatic movement. A metal ring is inserted into the inner chamber and when bonded to the marble it strengthens the structure making it less susceptible to breakage. Unlike other Mazzuoli watches, the crown in this watch is positioned at 3 o’clock giving the watch more of a classic and traditional feel. The large dimension crown is decorated with a white rubber “o” ring making it even easier to grip. The dial is in ceramic gun metal, blue or white color. The cuboid rectangular minute indexes are raised giving a three-dimensional aspect to the dial. As is typical in all of Giuliano Mazzuoli watches, the strap is inserted directly into the case and it is made in Tuscany in calf-skin leather. A steel deployant buckle firmly and comfortably holds the watch to the wrist.

Technical specifications

Technical Characteristics: 
 
Case: 44.5 mm diameter; 13.5 mm height 
 
Cylindrical case made in Italy of fine Carrara marble 
 
Movement: Three hand , time only
Swiss Made; self winding automatic movement; ETA 2824/2 movement with Incabloc anti-shock system; 25 jewel movement at 28,800 beats per hour, 
and a 40 hour power reserve 
 
Dial: Ceramic dial in gun metal, blue or white 
color with raised three dimensional 
metallic rectangular cuboid minute indexes 
 
Crown:  Screw crown positioned at 3 o’clock 
with white “o” ring 
 
Functions: Three hand version: hours, minutes, and seconds 
 
 
Crystal: Convex sapphire crystal; antireflective 
 
Strap: Strap made of calf skin leather in Tuscany 
 
Buckle: Deployant steel buckle with logo 
 
Water Resistance: 5 atmospheres (50 meters) 
 

Who's who

Nothing predestined Giuliano Mazzuoli to make watches. And nothing forced Laurent Picciotto to take them, still less to become their official retailer. But in the parallel universe of watchmaking, that means they were made for one another. That’s how impulses work: they are unreasonable, unpredictable and inevitable. The spark occurred in 2004. Giuliano Mazzuoli had designed and produced the first prototypes of the Manometro, a 45 mm timepiece almost 15 mm thick.
 
It reproduces the shape and spirit of the manometer it is based on: easy-to-read Hours, Minutes and Seconds, a cream-coloured background, a steel case and a crown at 2 o’clock or 10 o’clock – depending on whether it’s a right or left-handed model. “This may be a detail, but it’s one of the things that drew me to it,” emphasises Laurent Picciotto. Details like this embody the fact that everything in a Giuliano Mazzuoli is thought through and styled to make its owner believe that it is amazingly simple – despite each detail being the result of extremely minute design work. Design is probably how Giuliano Mazzuoli managed to escape his father’s printing works.
 
This booming business on a hillside in his native Tuscany was a daily chore for the young Giuliano, but a burden he had to bear to provide for his family. “In fact, I hated studying. My father had found me a place in a haberdasher’s belonging to one of his friends, telling him to make my life as hard as possible,” recalls Giuliano Mazzuoli. “I still didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up, but when my father died suddenly I had no other choice than to take over the printing works, whether I liked it or not.” It was there, however, that Giuliano Mazzuoli’s brushstrokes began to assert themselves. He began to customise various items such as typefaces, bindings and diaries. His two sons came to work with him, giving him more creative distance. He designed two lines of pens. One day, when his doctor was taking his blood pressure, he was intrigued by the design of the old manometer.
 
“I was really drawn by its simplicity – and the most difficult thing to design is simplicity,” he explains today. Giuliano Mazzuoli undertook to transform the simple, functional design of this manometer into a watch using an ETA base. The Manometro was born. Laurent Picciotto was one of the first to discover it, and the piece really caught his attention. “It’s a very attractive design, the watchmaking work of someone who isn’t a watchmaker. It’s a simple, minimalist approach that has resulted in an extraordinary timepiece. Basically it’s a curiosity for us, in the literal sense of the word, and a great deal of care has gone into it.” A second timepiece, the Contagiri, appeared a few years later. The design is by Giuliano Mazzuoli, the movement by Giulio Papi. This more mature piece is a real watchmaking masterwork. As such it contrasts with the singularity of the Manometro – still the most original creation of an equally singular individual.
 
Journalist ; Olivier Müller
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