At the northern edge of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy lies the Torre dell’Orologio — the Clock Tower — which has kept time over the city for the last five centuries. A golden cross adorns the top of the tower and serves as a fitting inspiration for the logo of Italian independent watchmaker Venezianico. Indeed, the brand is infused with the very spirit of the city, starting with a visual identity that draws upon the materials used in the construction of Venice over the centuries, from the weathered Istrian stone of the buildings to the gray sandstone that paves the various calle (small streets), to the accents of sparkling gold of the architecture throughout the city. The name “Venezianico” is intended to evoke a Venetian way of being, and each watch produced by the brand encapsulates this essence.
The Redentore Riserva di Carica is the flagship timepiece of the new Venezianico Redentore Collection and, as the name indicates, is inspired by the Basilica del Redentore, one of the most famous buildings designed by Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. The Redentore Riserva di Carica looks to pay homage to this Neoclassical lineage by merging the simplicity and drama of the style into its own design elements. Beginning with the 40mm-wide stainless steel case, the watch comes in five different variants; the pair of two-tone references are treated with either a rose gold or yellow gold IP application. Each case alternates between polished upper surfaces and finely brushed edges, with gently sloping lugs for an exceptional wearing experience that will suit a wide variety of wrists.
Inside the case sits a handsome sunray-finished dial offered in black, emerald green, light blue, anthracite or pearl grey color options. The elegant dauphine handset and faceted applied indices anchor the watch in a comparatively classic feel, but one of the more contemporary flourishes comes by way of the 40-hour power reserve indicator which is unobtrusively denoted by a hammer-shaped hand that runs along the engraved and sandblasted inner ring on the upper half of the dial. The hammer-hand motif continues on the bottom half of the dial, with a date subdial at 6 o’clock that shows the 31 days of the month set against a diamond-cut snailed finish. A subtle accent of color on these subsidiary hands brings just the right amount of pop to the otherwise minimalist aesthetic while still seamlessly blending in with the rest of the dial design.
The caseback is adorned with an engraving of the Basilica del Redentore that lends its name to the collection, along with markings indicating the watch’s 10 ATM of water resistance, 316L stainless steel construction, sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating), and the automatic movement inside. Each watch is powered by a Seiko NE57 movement, which belongs to the premium line of Seiko automatic calibers and offers a total of 41 hours of power reserve and operates at 3 Hz (21,600 bph). A matching genuine Italian leather strap with polished stainless steel buckle completes the package.
The Redentore Riserva di Carica represents the heart of Venice, both past and present. One can easily imagine wearing this timepiece while strolling through the archway of St. Mark’s Clock Tower and feeling completely at home. The watch is a charming offering that looks to combine both classical and modern sensibilities at a very competitive price, all while embodying the timeless Venetian pursuit of beauty and style.
Pricing for the Redentore Riserva di Carica is €565 (including taxes). For more information and to view the entire catalog of Venezianico timepieces, visit www.venezianico.com.
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