Classic and contemporary watches, able to evoke with their temperament the iconic musts of Salvatore Ferragamo’s great successes: from the partnership with Timex Group – Luxury Watches, here come the four Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces collections.
These original pieces recall with subtlety and elegance different aspects of Ferragamo’s long history focused on “beauty”.All four collections, each according to its own peculiarity and whim, with their pure and refined design, pay a brilliant tribute to the Italian tradition of craftsmanship, which has always been able to combine luxury and creativity. The collection’s mechanical movements are the result of Swiss watchmaking excellence: from the automatic ones with sapphire crystal glass to the GMT chronograph up to the precious Tourbillon movement. Timeless watches completely immersed in our times. Wrist accessories always recognizable due to the signs of the Florence-based fashion house’s unique style.
Launched in July 2008, all the Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces models will be available in the best Ferragamo boutiques and in the most prestigious jewelry’s shops spread all over the world.
1. Salvatore Ferragamo-F80 Watch
A collection of watches within the “Travel Luxury” area, characterized by an essential name, easy to remember yet strongly evocative. As a matter of fact, F-80 recalls the eightieth anniversary of the fashion house, featuring also the 8 number, considered a lucky number in Asia. The F-80 model interprets the “Travel Luxury” themes and the material experimentation, which are distinguishing traits of the brand’s tradition.
This watch combines the titanium structure with a refined ceramic, featured both on the bracelet and on the case top ring. The clean and linear design, the ultrapure sapphire crystal, the mechanical movement excellence characterize both the GMT Automatic Chronograph2 Time Zones and the outstanding automatic Tourbillon with an 18K gold case, produced on demand in limited edition.
2. Salvatore Ferragamo Gancino watch
A feminine collection centered on a peculiar symbol of the Ferragamo world: the famous Gancino, which was, and still is, used to close many accessories designed by Salvatore Ferragamo. The Gancino thus stars as the main feature of this elegant timepiece, strongly iconic, trendy and classic altogether.
The complete range starts from the basic version in stainless steel and goes up to the top one in solid gold with diamonds. Luxurious materials and precious jewel details further embellish this watch, perfect with the most sophisticated looks, as well as with the most informal ones.
3. Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Watch Collection
The Vara collection, inspired by the renowned Ferragamo shoe, which over the years has seduced women all around the world, pays a tribute to the creative use of the fashion house’s materials and colors.With a design borrowed from the shoe buckle, the Vara watch amazes with its kit of three interchangeable straps, allowing thus to customize the look in a fast, easy and stylish way.
The straps come from an accurate and original material research, as in the purest Ferragamo style: crocodile and lizard leather, gros grain, which feel soft and pleasant on the skin, all available in a rich chromatic offer, ranging from ruby-red to silver and orange, without leaving out the classic white and black.The collection includes models in stainless steel and in solid gold, with cases plain or embellished by 44 diamonds, mother-of-pearl or full paved dials.
4. Salvatore Ferragamo-Salvatore Watch Collection
Sharp and timeless, the Salvatore collection features a round case marked by a strong personalityvsubtly recalling, in its unique silhouette, the famous platform created by Salvatore Ferragamo in the ‘30s. Salvatore is a tribute to the fashion house’s “prophetic vision” and style which has always proved to be receptive of the spirit of the time.
Refined details pay homage to the brand’s craftsmanship tradition: straps in precious alligator leather, guilloche dials and, for the automatic models, case-backs in sapphire crystal that reveal the exclusive finishing of the mechanical movement. In some models, the stainless steel case is embellished by a bezel and by details in 18K rose-gold.
Special Features of Salvatore Ferragamo watches
SWISS MADE: All Salvatore Ferragamo watches are Swiss made as indicated on the dial. All movements used by Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces are Swiss made (Valjoux, Eta, Ronda).
QUARTZ: The first quartz movement was created in 1967. Quartz is used to describe a watch powered by an oscillating quartz crystal which draws its power from a small battery. Oscillating 32,768 times per second, an electronic circuit divides this oscillation into precise increments of 1 second or less. At Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces, quartz is used on 2 hands, 3 hands or quartz chronograph. Quartz watches are extremely accurate (3 minutes/ year). Watches have been made super-accurate by using a much higher frequency (e.g. 4.2 million cycles per second) or by using two oscillators and temperature compensation. If a Salvatore Ferragamo watch has a quartz movement, it is not written on the dial. Three examples of watches with quartz movements:ETA 956.112 on the F-80 33 mm, ETA 901.001 on the Vara and RONDA 1032 on the Assoluto.
BATTERIES: Only one type of battery is used for Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces: a silver dioxide battery(between 4 to 6 years lifetime with a normal use). Three examples: RONDA 715 on the Salvatore Quartz 3 hands -6 years, ETA 251.471 on the F-80 quartz chronograph – 4 years and RONDA 1032 on the Palagio Lady – 5 years.
INDICATOR OF END OF LIFE (EOL): All Salvatore Ferragamo quartz watches have an indicator of “end of life” – “EOL”: the central seconds hand jumps every four seconds in order to signal that the battery is depleting. The battery should be replaced as soon as possible.
2 HANDS OR 3 HANDS: 2 hands show minutes and hours. 3 hands show seconds, minutes and hours. Three examples:RONDA 785 on the Palagio quartz 3 hands:::ETA 901.001 on the Gancino 2 hands:::RONDA 715 on the Salvatore 3 hands.
AUTOMATIC: The system was invented in Switzerland by Abraham Louis Perrelet in the 18th century: the mainspring is wound by the movements of the wearer’s arm. On the basis of the principle of terrestrial attraction, a rotor turns and transmits its energy to the spring by means of an appropriate mechanism. The number of watch components varies between 50 for a 3 hands to 300 for a chronograph. The power reserve of an automatic watch indicates the number of hours it takes to a movement to stop ticking (46 hours for the F-80 GMT). Automatic movements are appreciated by watch-fans (“a watch with a soul”) and are environment friendly (no need to change battery).
Automatic watches are 12 times less precise than quartz watches: variation of 3 minutes per month. If a Salvatore Ferragamo Timepiece has an automatic movement, it is written on the dial and its backcase is transparent so that the mechanism can be seen. Three examples of automatic movements at Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces: VALJOUX 7750 on the F-80 Chronograph, ETA 2824-2 on the Salvatore Automatic 3 hands Rose Gold and SOPROD 753-24H GMT on the F-80 GMT.
ROTOR:The oscillating mass which winds an automatic movement. A rotor most commonly is free to rotate in a full 360 degrees and may wind the watch when it is rotatingin one direction only or indeed may wind in both directions through the use of reverser wheels and gears. The Salvatore Ferragamo logo is always engraved on the rotor, which is often treated with black Ion Plating. The rotor and the watch movement can be seen on all Salvatore Ferragamo automatic watches through a transparent back case made of sapphire crystal.
TOURBILLON: Device invented by Bréguet to eliminate errors of rate in the vertical positions and therefore compensate the effects of the earth attraction on the movement. It consists of a mobile cage carrying all the parts of the escapement, with the balance in the centre. The escape pinion turns about the fixed fourth wheel. The case makes one revolution per minute, thus annulling errors of rate in the vertical positions. Tourbillon watches are rare, complicated,and difficult to create, belonging therefore to the most expensive timepieces.
CHRONOGRAPH: Defines a movement with two independent time systems: one indicates the time of day, and the other measures brief intervals of time. Counters registering seconds, minutes and even hours can be started and stopped as desired. It is therefore possible to measure the exact duration of a phenomenon. Not to be confused with the chronometer (or COSC – Official Swiss Certified Chronometer, which is an official Swiss certificate proving the preciseness of the movement in multiple position, under various pressures and temperatures). Chronographs are used for sports activities or as an accessory showing a sporty lifestyle. At Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces, a chronograph can be either quartz or automatic.Three examples:ETA 251.471 on the F-80 quartz Chronograph, VALJOUX 7750 on the Salvatore Automatic Chronograph and ETA 251.471 on the Palagio quartz Chronograph.
GMT (GREENWICH MEAN TIME – 2 TIMEZONES): Mean time at the meridian of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which is the prime meridian of the world. GMT is a civil time beginning at midnight. At Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces there is one watch which is GMT (or 2 time-zones): the F-80 chronograph automatic GMT. To read the time in the second time zone, follow the blue hand and read the 24 hours scale: the white part of the scale indicates the day-time, the black part between 18 and 6 shows the night.
A water-resistant case is a watch-case whose joints are made to prevent moisture from entering. All Salvatore Ferragamo watches are water-resistant to either 30 meters,50 meters or 100 meters.