The G Chrono collection from world class watchmaker and fashion house Gucci has received a face lift this year. The successful collection has still kept many of the aesthetic values that has worked in the past but loses a few of the details. Truth be told, the new series looks more mainstream but I imagine this is a good thing as the watches still feature the ‘G’ bezel that made this line famous when it was first launched.
One of the major differences for this year’s models is the case material. Normally, the G Chrono series is fashioned from PVD stainless steel but this year Gucci uses scratch resistant black or white ceramic. Ceramic has been gaining popularity for its uses as a case material in watchmaking with many of the large manufacturers offering a watch or sometimes a collection in ceramic.
Another big difference is the case size – the new G Chrono comes in a mid-sized 38mm, as opposed to the 44mm case dimensions, which were once considered standard for the series. The new size is definitely targeting women and I think it will do exceptionally well. The main crown and chrono pushers are made from stainless steel as is most likely the case back.
The dial carries a checkered pattern and uses silver toned Arabic numeral appliques for the hour markers. As with the older models, the dial layout remains unchanged with the small seconds counter at the 6 position and the chronograph minutes at the 9 position. The white ceramic version uses luminous rhodium toned hands, while the black ceramic version features black steel hands also luminous. Protecting these dial elements is a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Powering the new Gucci G Chrono collection in ceramic is a Swiss made quartz chronograph movement. Gucci chooses quartz because of its amazing precision and reliability.