Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica Watch Review

Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica Watch Review

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Finally, a watch with all the excitement of an automatic transmission. It was sometime ago that I first learned about this interesting new mechanically-minded watch collection from Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli. Called the Trasmissione Meccanica, I was able to enjoy a nice long time with the watch which takes inspiration from a less commonly reflected part of the automobile – the transmission. Lots of watches are inspired by automotive design. Common elements include the overall body design, engines, lights, wheel, brakes, and of course instrument gauges. This is the first time I know of that the ol’ gear box is the base of a luxury watch design.

Mr. Giuliano Mazzuoli isn’t new to being inspired by uncommon elements from the world of cars. The watch that made the brand noteworthy was his Manometro collection. Giuliano was inspired by air pressure gauges often used for tires. The design was quite clever, and a pocket watch version that recently came out actually looks like an air pressure gauge complete with tube unless you inspect it closely enough. Later Giuliano Mazzuoli released the Comtagiri, which was based on tachometer scales. The Trasmissione Meccanica seems to be his first design not based on some type of actual gauge.

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What ties each of the Giuliano Mazzuoli watches together are round cases with lugless designs. Lugless designs are not for everyone. Some people love them and others feel as though they make a watch look incomplete. In a lugless design the strap is often integrated into the case, and isn’t always removable. Much of the time the strap connects normally using a spring bar, but the connection points are merely under the case. It goes without saying that lugless watches tend to wear a bit taller as they need to accommodate the strap sitting underneath the case.

Also, lugless case tend to wear smaller. Lugs add a lot to the size of a case, and without them even larger watches appear smaller. Further, people often like the look of a watch whose lugs extend to the end of their wrist, and with lugless cases that often isn’t possible. Another consideration is the width of the strap or bracelet itself. In order for a watch to have a “beefier” feel the strap should be wide. This is often doubly important on lugless case designs as the concept can make even wide straps look narrow given the abrupt transition from case to strap.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Speaking of the strap, you’ll notice that the Trasmissione Meccanica has little metal wedges under the strap where they meet the case. These are there for comfort, and to prevent the straps from pulling down too far and looking bad. This also helps retain a nice flowing design from case to strap. Anyhow, we need to take a look at this seriously interesting case. Produced from steel, the 43mm wide case is available in either natural brushed steel or PVD gunmetal steel (also with a brushed finish). The sawtooth style cuts on the side of the case are meant to look like those distinctively angled transmission gears.

The case looks sharper than it is as the brand carefully makes sure to soften the edges so they aren’t rough or sharp. For the dial, Giuliano Mazzuoli took inspiration from a clutch. The complex design uses at least two dozen parts, each with their own textures and finishing. It is actually quite interesting to look at the dial closely as no doubt a lot of work went into perfecting it. Metal studs serve as hour markers, making it legible. Unfortunately there is no dial lume.

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13 comments
ArnauldLapierre
ArnauldLapierre

The retail price on the Trasmissione Meccanica is $4,900 on leather and $5,100 on rubber.

The dial is made of 21 different parts.


evrnyldrm
evrnyldrm

This is a joke... 8000 for ETA... come on...

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

That's inteesting without going over the top. Price is a bit steep but for example bell and Ross sell watches with similar movements for about that. Id rather have this.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I like it a lot. Except for the price...

And the dial has a clutch metaphor (not a torque converter) , so this is NOT an automatic transmission watch (sorry Ariel). And I dig the crown which is a spline shaft (like where power is taken off).

I could see this as a casual daily wear watch for a lot of guys.

Tarak
Tarak

They should have upgraded the movement to ETA 2892-2 TOP/COSC for that kind of price.

CG
CG

Why not a real gear? Watchout Citroen you may soon be depleted of chevron gears! When I first saw it I thought; where do you put the espresso beans? Yep, an Italian coffee grinder, same gearing! Kinda neat but at that high a price for novelty with no features doesn't make sense. Lume should've been applied and that cvt gear style face should rotate. But bottom line it could've been real gears not "gear style". OK now I'll wait for a Bren gas regulator watch.

manivelle
manivelle

If it's not an 8-speed PDK, I'm not interested.  Although a continuously variable transmission might be interesting in this format.

Ryan B
Ryan B

A bracelet with the same gear design as the case would look so much better in the grand theme of things.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Not sure if want...? 


I dig the case design, unique and attractive - well done and immediately reminiscent of a gear. The dial is good too, but the hands aren't great, even if they were long enough. The strap also needs help. For $5k, how many of them do I get? That can't be a one-watch price...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

One of the best looking car-themed watches i've seen.  It actually still looks like a watch.  The mostly symmetrical design looks good; there are no stupid bits sticking out randomly, legibility is OK.  The gear-toothed design looks quite nice, although the grey colour gives it a somewhat dirty, grease-coated appearance that would make me want to constantly wipe the thing.  Those metal things under the lugs are most likely designed to protect the strap from excessive wear and abrasion where it meets the casing.  Because the casing is toothed it would eventually bite into and destroy the soft leather.  By forcing the stress to be spread over a gentler curve, wear is reduced at the junction between strap and case.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Not bad overall! I'm not sure about the hands...if they had lume and had still kept the same red triangle design I think they would have looked much better. There is no real practical reason for the hands to be skeletonized...

Oh and I can only imagine the stuff that will get stuck inbetweem the gears of the case...a weekly bath will be unavoidable methinks...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Ryan B Maybe the strap should look like a fan belt. I was about to say a band from an automatic transmission, but since the watch has a clutch (not torque converter) dial, it isn't an automatic tranny.

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  1. […] Watches with an automotive theme are not uncommon, there’s the Rolex Daytona, Tag Heuer Carrera amongst many others. However, the Trasmissione Meccanica is unique because it draws its inspiration from what is arguably one of the least interesting part of the car – the transmission. Needless to say, the end result is unique and should appeal to watch lovers who love cars but want something that is off the beaten track. Source: aBlogtoWatch […]