Manometro by Giuliano Mazzuoli, new colours

GSOH. I’m sure that signor Mazzuoli has precisely that, a great sense of humour. His Manometro watches have a sort of tongue-in-cheek irony about them, massive chunks of steel with chunky Florentine leather straps, an enormous bezel and a giant crown. They are no-nonsense watches for people who like something original and something large, a delightful contrast with the precious gossamer delicacy of so many watches.

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The design is impeccable, the matt dial contrasting with the bright steel case, the red seconds hand coordinating with the numeral 12, and the curving Manometro logo. The strap enters the case directly, without any visible lugs, reinforcing the meter appearance that Giuliano Mazzuoli was inspired by, over a decade ago.

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The two new watches retain the same design as the original Manometer, with two new colours, blue and green. The case is 45.2 mm in diameter and 14.8 mm thick, with a screw-down crown, and 50 metres (5 bar) water resistance.

Manometro is powered by the ETA 2824/2 automatic movement, and so even though the company is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, near Florence, Italy, the dial is marked Swiss Made. Price €2,500. Further information from http://www.giulianomazzuoli.it

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