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October 21, 2009updated Feb 06, 2013

Buccellati Presents The Cuff Watch

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Once again, the Cuff “watch-jewel” offers a tribute to Art and History, the two main sources of inspiration for Gianmaria Buccellati, the designer.

It is the contemporary version of the ancient “slave’s style” bracelet, whose meaning dates back to the Roman history: it was the symbol of woman’s devotion to man and vice versa. The Art Nouveau and Art Deco then created a sort of replica to the ancient version of this jewel, this time making it a symbol of woman’s love to man.

Whatever the time in history, the cuff bracelet has always represented the endless and unbreakable bond of love between man and woman.

By creating the Cuff “watch-jewel”, Gianmaria Buccellati establishes a new dimension of this bond with the addition of Time, and at the same time makes a personal tribute to an artist he has always admired: Sandro Botticelli. The Cuff “watch-jewel” actually reminds the world-famous allegorical and mythological painting called “The Spring”, once housed in a Medici villa and now in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This latest creation is evidently inspired by Renaissance and confirms how much this historical period is important for any of Gianmaria Buccellati objects.

The Cuff “watch-jewel” transcends time and measures it. The bracelet is in 18K yellow or white gold, radially “rigato” and “ornato” engraved, according to the typical Buccellati iconic style, and can be produced with four different floral designs, all set with brilliant-cut diamonds. It has a Swiss quartz movement and a push-button instead of the usual crown.

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