giuliano mazzuoli - Manometro Camouflage
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giuliano mazzuoli - Manometro Camouflage

Manometro Camouflage

giuliano mazzuoli
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Manometro Camouflage , forest green

Here is another amusing and captivating proposal by Giuliano Mazzuoli. The mixture of colored powders and composite materials have given life to “Manometro Camouflage,” a new and special coating of the “carrure” whose base is inherited from the Carrara collection. The case of this watch is made manually with resins of various colors obtained with natural (non synthetic) inorganic pigments. These pigments, not always homogeneous, extracted from stones and minerals have an extreme physical stability and therefore a very high resistance to light and heat. The long and detailed manual workmanship carried out in the Giuliano Mazzuoli laboratories in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa make every piece unique like a jewel. Four different color dials are paired to different camouflage effects. The calf-skin leather strap stamped with a canvas effect is a new and fresh touch.

Technical specifications

Designed in Italy and handcrafted in Switzerland with the most proven Swiss technology ETA automatic movement, Mazzuoli’s Manometro is true to every characteristic of the object that has inspired its creation: It’s sturdy cylindrical case, 45.2 mm diameter and a 14.8 mm thickness, with large dimensions crown positioned at two o’clock, and a dial featuring essential design and perfect legibility. Nothing superfluous. Only precision, robustness, and functionality faithful to its original inspiration.

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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