|Occhio Ripetizione Minuti|
Black diamonds are quite rare. According to geologists, black diamonds came to our earth from outer space. (Source: Astrophysical Journal Letters December 20, 2006) Otherwise known as carbonado diamonds, these diamonds contain trace elements of hydrogen which indicates an origin in a hydrogen-rich interstellar space. Infrared synchrotron radiation at Brookhaven National Laboratory was used to discover the diamonds' source.
|Instrumento Tondo RM N56/A|
|Instrumento N° Uno|
Whatever the source of the black diamonds, their ultimate destination is what really counts in the here and now. In 1996, Fawaz Gruozi, of de Grisigono, laid his eyes on the 190 carat "Black Orlov" diamond and was smitten. He decided to use these rare gems in his jewelry and timepieces. However black diamonds are fragile and prone to breakage if not handled by a person highly skilled in gems cutting.
To commemorate 15 years of de Grisogono's use of black diamonds in its jewelry and timepieces, the company has launched a special edition of timepieces named " Black Forever", which includes watches from the brands first watch collection "Instrumento No Uno" to the highly publicized "Meccanico dG"
The Instrumento N° Uno is superbly crafted in stainless steel protected by a highly resilient black PVD coating. An automatic movement winds the mainspring. A dual time and date commands center attention upon a black guilloche dial sporting Arabic Numerals and grey dauphine-style hands. A black rubber strap closes via a de Grisigono butterfly buckle also comprised of stainless steel and coated with black PVD. 36 black diamonds totaling 1.1 carats adds a sophisticated dazzle to complete the look.
|Instrumento N° Uno DF S42|
|Black Forever Meccanico dG N09|
This particular model , limited to 10 pieces, is crafted from highly corrosive resistant and light weight titanium. As with all de Grisogono timepieces, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the dial and ,in most models, the case back. In addition de Grisogono timepieces are water resistant to 30 meters.
The Occhio Rietizione Minuti (top image) is simply dazzling. 167 black diamonds on bezel and lugs frame a black matt twelve-blade titanium diaphragm dial. A minute repeater, which is an alarm complication sounds on the hour, quarter and minute on three separate gongs and utilizing a cathedral striking. The Occhio Ripetizione was an innovative idea, developed on the same principle as a reflex camera. The Occhio Ripetizione Minuti has a twelve-shutter aperture revealing the movement while the watch is striking. A matt alligator strap affixed via a three ply deployment buckle in 18 k gold coated with black PVD. This highly unique timepiece is limited to 5 pieces.
Black is in and de Grisogono, a company on the forefront of fashion and style, has provided.