In the conclusion of the Gucci Resort 2018 series, held in Florence’s opulent Palazzo Pitti, inventive manager Alessandro Michele sauntered down the yellow carpet with a green Knicks baseball cap, a couple of bracelets in the Le Marché des Merveilles collection, rings on every finger and a white T-shirt emblazoned with 2 intertwined pink snakes and the call to action: Guccify Yourself.
Ever since Michele place foot Gucci, the gifted designer has throw his diverse, opulent and irreverent charm on what the brand creates. Accepting Michele’s call to action, we’re going to play with role reversal at The Jewellery Editor now. Instead of choosing my favorite Gucci watches, the group has made a wish list of their favourite Gucci versions, and have chosen a watch which best fits their personality and style.
Claire Roberts, our managing editor, has chosen this Plexiglas version:
“Is it a watch or is it a bracelet? This Plexiglas watch using a studded bracelet in dark gray will operate nicely flawlessly with my dressed-down T-shirt and jeans style”
Plexiglas, the signature name of a material made from acrylic plastic, is not something you come across frequently in watchmaking, but with Michele on board, anything is possible. The translucent gray Plexiglas case and bracelet give the watch a really 1970s mood and feel to the watch and, along with the yellow gold PVD studs along with a sword dial, possibly neo-Glam Punk is a more fitting description.
“I’m working on my ensemble for a 1980s dress-up party, which would be just perfect as it captures the pleasure of that decade.”
With its rainbow Plexiglas case and bangle, complete with gold glitter and vibrant crystal figurines, you can almost hear Gloria Gaynor singing in the background.
Maria Doulton, editor-in-chief and founder of The Jewellery Editor, was seduced by this Gucci watch with a snarling cat on the dial:
“It’d add a border to my appearance without looking like I had been trying too hard. I also love the rich and bright colours of the roaring feline”
The G-Timeless 38mm version fits right in with all the Alessandro Michele’s”gender-fluid” approach to watches and jewellery. Rather than a leather strap, the watch includes a black rubber strap with a notable, elevated Gucci logo.
“I really like the colour of the synthetic turquoise dial, which is fantastic for the rapidly approaching summer, along with the studded bezel makes it distinct without being too out-there.”
The golden bumble bee, Gucci’s new icon, and the counterweight on the seconds hand featuring the classic interlocking Gs of Gucci leave no doubts about the provenance of this model. The crackled turquoise dial as well as the pyramid studs onto the bezel add a tactile element for this watch, which, like most of the versions selected by The Jewellery Editor, is fitted with a Swiss watch movement.
Amy Williams, who is in charge of our social media, has gone to get this particular Le Marché des Merveilles version:
“I actually like the NATO-style strap and fabric dial, which can be on trend but with a Gucci twist. The feel proceeds using the embroidered snake, a feature you simply notice on close inspection.”
Amy’s option is hallmark Michele using its snake motif embroidered on the dial and a unisex 38mm diameter case. The NATO strap in blue and red nylon includes the words”L’aveugle level amour” stitched into the material, which can be Gucci’s new headline, meaning”blind for love”.