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giuliano mazzuoli - GIULIANO MAZZUOLI Manometro Carrara


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The first watch in marble

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In 2014, the Florence, Tuscany, Italy based watchmaker (and Alfa Romeo lover) Giuliano Mazzuoli added another design to its Giuliano Mazzuoli Watches Manometro family of automatic watches for men, renowned for their Italian designer’s preference for not only stunning, unique case and dial aesthetics and, and following the release of the hugely popular original stainless steel case Manometro, the use of a diverse range of case materials in place of stainless  steel, but the legibility of their time display. The Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara, with a case hewn from the incomparable veined white Carrara marble from Giuliano Mazzuoli’s native Tuscany marks not only change in case material with the substitution of stainless steel and adoption of white Carrara marble, but notwithstanding Mazzuoli’s love of everything auto mechanical (and Alfa Romeo in particular), a change to a slightly less industrial and more classical design, counterbalanced with the introduction of an optional chronograph complication to the Giuliano Mazzuoli Watches Manometro family and the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara in particular.  In one sense, Giuliano Mazzuoli, as Italian master watch case, dial and strap designer, is once again, with his use of veined white Carrara marble for the watch case of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara, subverting classic design expectations, as is his way, this time by the use of a wholly untraditional watch and case material to produce a classically styled, traditional automatic watch.

Carrara marble, renowned the world over for its predominantly white color, but softly riven with veins of varying blue gray tones, is one of the most powerful symbols of Italian culture, architecture and design that stretches back to Roman times and beyond, at the same time as hard as stone, and milky soft to the touch. As a powerful, symbolic material so intimately connected with Italy that has been an essential ingredient in Italian culture and design for millennia, the biggest surprise is perhaps that Giuliano Mazzuoli, uniquely able as a watch designer to imbue his watch creations with his passion for design motifs, did not produce a Carrara marble watch before.

In the footsteps of Michelangelo and the Romans before him, Giuliano Mazzuoli, as the figurehead of the family business, took it upon himself to visit the Carrara marble quarries in the Apuan Alps outside of Florence to personally choose the specific, highest quality marble with gray veins of varying tones that he required for the cases of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara watches. The use of Carrara marble in the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara necessitated the use of master marble workers from Tuscany to assist with watch case production, such is the difficulty in working with the material at the watch size level. Even with this, each Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara is also fitted with a stainless steel insert between the Carrara marble case and Swiss-made ETA movement, to provide additional strength and security.

The case design shared by both the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara and the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph is the world-renowned Giuliano Mazzuoli ‘Manometro’ design: the manometer, traditionally, is a circular, clock shaped analogue, industrial gauge, with a single, usually black hand sweeping clockwise around an exceptionally easily read white dial featuring essential information only, by means of an indicator track to display ever higher pressure – typically with highly legible indicator markings or even just colors, green, yellow, orange and red for danger. The pressure gauge as an object is something we are all familiar with, perhaps seen more often these days as a device in the movies than in its original, industrial form. The Italian master designer’s adoption of the ‘pressure gauge’ format in the original Nanometro allowed him to tap into a whole slew of interesting cultural and design motifs, humorously deconstructing the minimalist industrial object with an inspired watch creation that both reflect the ‘time pressure’ of modern life and offers a charming balm for it, with an object in its original, round form, with a pleasantly curved edge to its glass front, offered the perfect candidate for subversion. When translated into softly curved, milky marble, the pressure gauge shape produces a men’s watch product that is as delightful as it is masculine. Fashion watches may come and go, watches for men will always be made in a bewildering array of styles, but the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara and the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph and their combination of Tuscan Carrara marble, metal and blue, black, white and silver tones offer a men’s watch that is at the same time classical but also ruthlessly contemporary, a truly unique, classic watch.

The attention to detail witnessed by the detailing of the Carrara marble case of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara and the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph is carried onto the watch dial, hour markers, strap and high profile crown, placed here, in a break with the pattern established by other members of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro collection, at the classic 3 o’clock position rather than 2. Although all of the alternative finishes to the dial (available in white, gunmetal, or blue) might hint at it being a metal dial, Italian master Mazzuoli confounds once again by applying these finishes and polishes not to metal but to a ceramic dial material – entirely appropriate in the circumstances. Even in Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph version, the type of auto mechanical visual imagery and complication evident in remarkable pieces such as the Giuliano Mazzuoli Watches Firenze ‘Trasmissione Meccanica’ is entirely classical here, and even with the dual sub-dial displays and added pushers of the chronograph, legibility is not impaired. The chronograph version with white Carrara marble case, white dial, silver stepped cuboid applied metal markers and black hour and minutes hands, with seconds in red, is probably the finest exponent of the latter, and arguably, with its black calf skin leather strap, closest to the original design concept of the Manometro. Having said that, with the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph, Italian master watch designer, or perhaps master magician, Mazzuoli, could not resist the temptation to subvert expectations once again here, reversing the normal pusher positions for activation of the chronograph functions. Magical.

Examples of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara and Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph and occasionally available pre-owned, at what must be said, are exceptionally reasonable prices. It is always worthwhile to take the time to find an authorized online seller, set up an account and arrange proper shipping and tracking. It pays to make contact with any seller, whether they be in Rome, Italy, Switzerland or elsewhere, and check the categories of items that they deal in, although the fashion today is for genuine specialists. After making payment for any timepiece, it is always sound advice to maintain regular contact, and if there is any sign whatsoever that the piece you are interested in might be a copyright-infringing copy, walk away. Ownership of a watch such as the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara and Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Chronograph means ownership of an exceptional, classic men’s watch from a renowned Italian Master watchmaker and designer, and sourcing a reputable seller is the first step toward that enjoyment. 

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 gunmetal, 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) 

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