An Entirely Automatic, Florentine Beauty
Mechanical watches are the jewels of the watch industry, requiring precision mechanics in miniature to create timekeeping instruments that will be treasured for years to come. Earlier this year, Florentine maison Salvatore Ferragamo launched its first line of entirely mechanical automatic timepieces – the Lungarno collection – much to the delight of global audiences.
Ferragamo, a name synonymous with fine craftsmanship in shoemaking for the glitterati, puts its best foot forward and struts into the exclusive field of mechanical watchmaking with a thoughtfully composed sport watch with dressy undertones, practical complications and classic styling.
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Most striking is the Lungarno’s bezel, which is inspired by popular retro designs, but presented as a new shape exclusive to Ferragamo. Described as “shape in shape” because of its combined square and round build, the bezel on the Lungarno is well crafted with a brushed steel surface and chamfered, polished edges. Brushed and polished finishes also extend to the 44 mm stainless steel body of the watch case.
The Ferragamo Lungarno collection is made up of two distinct versions, the first of which is a three-hander with four variations: all four feature soleil (or sunray) dials in champagne, black or silver hues and offer the choice of a steel bezel or contrasting IP gold bezel. Dark brown and black leather straps provide either a matching or contrasting look, as do the uniform steel or two-tone bracelets.
The dial of the three-handed Lungarno is neatly laid out. It features a circular guilloché pattern around the outer portion of the dial surrounded by two parallel minute tracks. The hour markers feature chamfered edges in keeping with the watch’s overall design. The central area of the dial is otherwise open, leaving breathing room for the centrally mounted lance-style hands, the name Ferragamo and the word Automatic. These words also appear unobtrusively in small type on the flange. A date window appears at 6 o’clock. The movement is a Swiss made ETA 2824-2, a 25-jewel automatic workhorse.
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The second version of the Lungarno has two variations: both are limited editions of 150 pieces with individually numbered casebacks. The bezel and case specifications are the same as the three-hander but the dial configuration is different, as is the movement. Instead of central seconds and a date window, the limited edition models feature a small running seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a slightly larger pointer-date sub-dial at 3 o’clock. These limited editions preserve the overall Lungarno look and feel, including the sunray finish in black or white, but introduce subtle modifications to maintain dial symmetry. The limited editions house automatic movements made by prestigious manufacturer, Dubois-Dépraz.
The neo-classic shape of Lungarno timepieces has contemporary allure while the mechanical movements are firmly rooted in the classic traditions of watchmaking – these are watches for dynamic, discerning men with a taste for performance and style.