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Breve storia degli orologi da polso: design ed evoluzione

A brief history of wristwatches: design and evolution

We are part of an extraordinary journey filled with technology, innovation, precision, passion, and style, aiming not just to provide wristwatches but creations worthy of being experienced, and trying to share, at least in part, our passion and dedication.

This journey would not be possible without understanding the history that has brought us to where we are now, and whose legacy guides and inspires our creations.

Wristwatches: An incredible evolution

Wristwatches have undergone an incredible evolution over the centuries, transforming from rudimentary timekeeping tools into technological jewels reflecting style, precision, and innovation. This evolution has been shaped by technological, social, and cultural changes, redefining how we perceive and use these extraordinary objects.

From pocket watches to early wristwatches

The pocket watch was the first step towards the miniaturization of time. However, with the advent of World War I, the need for more practical and easily accessible devices led to the growing popularity of wristwatches. Initially, the design of these watches was simple and classic, with cases being generally small and thin, reflecting a more formal style that prioritized functionality over aesthetics.

Innovation in mechanical movements

The heart of watches, the movement, has undergone significant improvements over time.

Initially purely mechanical, the introduction of quartz movement in the '70s led to more precise and affordable watches, catapulting mechanical watchmaking into a deep crisis. 

Despite the success of quartz movements, the '80s and '90s saw a gradual return to the appreciation of mechanical timepieces. Precision engineering transformed watches into a blend of technology and art, turning them into extraordinary objects, with the complexity and precision of these movements still celebrated by enthusiasts worldwide.

Evolution of design: Gerald Genta

Just like movements, the design of these extraordinary objects has undergone notable changes and influences over the years.

When talking about wristwatch design, it's impossible not to mention the legendary Gerald Genta. This brilliant designer, born in 1931 in Geneva, left an indelible mark on the evolution of watch aesthetics with his extraordinary and innovative creations. He contributed to transforming the wristwatch from a classical tool into a true icon of style and elegance, a perfect blend of form and function. Genta's legacy continues to influence the watchmaking industry, inspiring many designers with his bold and visionary approach.

The introduction of advanced technologies

With the advent of the new millennium, wristwatches embraced advanced technologies, allowing for absolute precision in craftsmanship and the creation of increasingly precise and reliable movements. This era also saw the introduction of incredible complications, exercises of ingenuity that mesmerize and captivate. The application of ever-new and diverse materials, such as titanium, ceramic, carbon, and more, further enriched the watchmaking landscape.

In conclusion, the evolution of wristwatches is a tale of constant innovation. From purely functional tools to objects of desire, they have traversed epochs, adapting and redefining themselves to meet the ever-evolving needs and tastes of society. The future of wristwatches is a realm to shape and discover.

Let's live it together.

The Envision Team


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