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ashion houses are getting serious about watchmaking, with a number launching their own mechanical timepieces, and investing not only in design but performance. For those going for a Swissmade mechanical movement, the results have been impressive. This year, Ermenegildo Zegna marks the 5th anniversary of its first collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Girardperregaux, a line of elegant mechanical timepieces called Monterubello. The brand is launching a 50-piece limited edition of the Monterubello Power Reserve, which is equipped with a Girard-perregaux automatic winding calibre with 46-hour power reserve. The 38mm timepiece comes in pink gold, matched with a chocolate brown dial and alligator strap.
British luxury brand Burberry made its debut at Baselworld with Swiss-made watches in 2013. This year, the brand’s CEO and chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, presents a limited edition model for men that takes its inspiration from the Burberry trench coat’s iconic check lining. The pattern is reinterpreted in precious materials, with a 45mm Dlccoated titanium case and a check-shaped skeleton dial with an anthracite grid. The manual winding movement features the prestigious Côtes de Genève decoration. Assembled by hand in Switzerland, the Britain Icon Check for Men is limited to 20 numbered pieces.
This year also marks the introduction of Givenchy’s first mechanical watch, part of its Seventeen line. Powered by the automatic winding calibre ETA 2892, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, the timepiece features a lightweight satin-finished titanium case and a vintage-finished luminescent dial with red hands. The Givenchy Seventeen Titanium automatic edition fashionably comes with two interchangeable black Nato straps, one in grosgrain nylon and another in calfskin with raw-cut edges.
IT’S MECHANICAL From top: The Britain Icon Check limited edition has an open caseback; Ermenegildo Zegna’s Monterubello Power Reserve; Givenchy’s Seventeen Titanium timepiece