Since Alessandro Michele joined Gucci in 2015 as Creative Director he has cast his spell over the luxury brand’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories collections, and has now turned his attention to its latest timepiece and jewellery designs.
Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, Gucci’s newly created watches and jewels are infused with many of the brand’s traditional motifs, which have been quirkily reinterpreted by Michele for today’s audience. Offering a burst of colour are some of the latest additions to the G-Timeless collection, now available in sleeker feminine sizes of 29mm and 36mm. The brand’s signature indexes, featuring cute motifs of bees, stars and hearts and the customary Gucci logo at 12 o’clock, are backed by the dial’s different shades of mother-of-pearl.
Gucci's G-Timeless watches with vari-coloured mother-of-pearl dials
Wraparound straps were a popular theme at Baselworld this year, and Gucci has released its own take in the new G-Frame timepieces with their feminine and petite rectangular dials. With either double- or triple-loop straps available, the watches sit comfortably on the wrist in lizard skin, tri-coloured Gucci web nylon, or a gourmette chain that can have its links easily adjusted to secure the perfect fit.
Gucci's G-Frame timepieces come in a variety of wraparound straps
The latest additions to the Le Marché des Merveilles timepiece line feature a gathering of tigers, bees and snakes, embroidered onto a nylon dial within either a stainless steel or yellow gold case. The snake model is a particularly quirky version, with the serpent’s body writhing up the strap to its head on the dial, all of which is crafted from a single piece of leather.
Bangles and rings from Gucci's Le Marché des Merveilles jewellery collection
The jewellery collection of the Le Marché des Merveilles line continues the animal theme of its timepiece counterpart. Reminiscent of a bejeweled curiosity cabinet, the collection is composed of a pendant, ring, earrings or bangle, each centred on a tiger's head that is garnished with a choice of gems encompassing diamonds, coloured sapphires, rubies and topaz.
With an array of fun or more formal pieces available, Gucci’s new timepiece and jewellery additions demonstrate Alessandro Michele’s clear contemporary stamp on the heritage of this Italian brand.