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Dolce & Gabbana’s Opulent Watches

By Shyan Kim Chong

Dolce & Gabbana's four debut watches stem from the illustrious 19th-century Italian compose Giuseppe Verdi. Christened Nabucco, this watch was named after Verdi's 1842 play about Jews driven from their country by King Nabucco.
Verdi’s 1867 Don Carlo was set in France in circa 1560. Carlo was son of then Spanish King Philip II. Like the opera, every facet of the watch was made with grandeur – 18k gold case, green cushion-cut emeralds and a jade dial.
Verdi’s penultimate opera, Ottello premiered in 1887. The watch features a restored 1990s mechanical movement, a mother-of-pearl dial framed by a winged lion and torch.
Verdi showed Shakespeare’s Macbeth in 1847. The play follows a Scottish man who came to know he was destined to be the King of Scotland, via three witches. Overwhelmed by his greed, Macbeth takes King Duncan’s life to usurp the throne prematurely.
Dolce & Gabbana

With an elaborate flair that only Dolce & Gabbana can manage, the brand has burst in the world of watchmaking with the debut of its very first collection of Alta Orologeria for men.

Amongst the crimson velvet and black opera coats present at this year’s Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria show, dazzling gold on the wrists of models caught the eyes of many. Presenting four watches, each unique with their unparalleled beauty and peculiar mechanical movements, it took Dolce & Gabbana over two years of work to bring the concept to life.

Made in Switzerland, each watch has carefully selected gemstones fitted onto ornately crafted precious metals. The special calibres boast self-winding mechanical tourbillons and tourbillons with chronographs.

The one-of-a-kind pieces, identifiable with a Dolce & Gabbana calibre and certificate of authenticity, are the result of the international partnership between the Italian brand and traditional Swiss watchmaking and will be sold in antique boxes.