Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

When it comes to watches that draw inspiration from the world of automobiles, it really does not seem like we have any shortage of choice. However, as far as designs that mimic actual pieces of a car are concerned, pickings do get quite a bit slimmer. As we saw with the Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica watch, some brands tend to really have a handle on that design language and now, with the Giuliano Mazzouli Contagiri, we are given the opportunity to strap a tachometer to our wrists.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There are no two ways about it: the tach' is where this watch originates. The flavor text on the product page talks of remembering the neighbor's sports car having one of these gauges, and even the name of the watch indicates it (contagiri is Italian for tachometer). Using this as a basis for the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri watch certainly makes for a very unique look – and it is not just in the aesthetic design. That said, the look of the piece is where we will begin.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

With the large, central hand, and the "redline" marked out at 12 o'clock, this really does have the look and feel of the aforementioned tach. There is a smaller seconds hand, but it is mostly black, so it blends into the dial - leaving the bright white central hour hand to complete the look. This does mean that it is a one-hand watch, with 15-minute accuracy in terms of reading out the time. Normally, I'm not as big of a fan of this style of watch, but the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri has enough novelty to hold my attention – say, when you have the hand jumping from 12:30 to 12:31 across the lower portion of the dial.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you have been looking at the pictures, you no doubt have noticed that there is no crown on the 44mm steel case. This is where the next bit of uniqueness for the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri watch comes in. Where a crown would normally reside, there's a polished steel lever set into the DLC portion of the case. When you pop this out, the sight window at the bottom of the dial goes from the Giuliano Mazzuoli logo to the numeral one.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On
Winding Position

At this point, you are ready to wind the automatic movement (which is a modified base ETA caliber and is called the GM Cambiosequenziale/01 alternance 10, for those keeping score). How do you wind a movement with no crown? I am glad you asked! This is accomplished by rotating the polished bezel back and forth to get things up and running. Now that the power is stored, we are ready to set the time. Pull the lever out another notch (with sight reading 2) and the time can be set - again, via the bezel surrounding the convex sapphire crystal.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On
Time Setting Position

Pop the lever back in, and the sight spot now once again shows the logo, while the watch resumes operation. At this point, you are ready to strap the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri watch on, and head out the door. Now, with watches like these (which have integrated/hidden lugs), strap material choice seems to me to be a bit of a difficult proposition. Rubber straps (as included here) can sometimes feel off, especially on a luxury timepiece. Yet, almost contrarily, a leather or textile strap wouldn't feel right either. Here, with the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri, given that it is a bit of a sportier theme, I think the rubber strap works – if not aesthetically for everyone, at least thematically.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Once in place, the 124g watch fit snugly to my wrist. As the case is just over 13mm tall, and has no external protuberances, it slips very nicely under a shirt cuff – and back out again to check the time or, you know, just show off the design on your wrist. I have a co-worker who is a gearhead and is into watches, and this one definitely elicited a very positive reaction. As for myself, I rather enjoyed the novelty (and ingenuity) of how you interact with the movement.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

When it comes to reading the time, however, I still am in the camp that single-hand watches really are just not for me. I realize that this is truly a preferential thing, but I just like knowing the exact time (and no, please do not tell me to check my phone for that), while I know there are plenty of others who enjoy the more relaxed sense of timing that comes from a single hand. If that is you, and you love all things automotive, then the Giuliano Mazzouli Contagiri could just be for you. As seen here (in steel and DLC), the price for the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri comes in at $15,000.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Necessary Data
>Brand: Giuliano Mazzouli
>Model: Contagiri
>Price: $15,000 (DLC and stainless); $17,600 (all-black DLC); $27,500 (rose gold titanium)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: While there is a lot about this watch that I like, the single hand would prevent me from wearing it with much frequency.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: This is for the watch lover who is (a) a gearhead and (b) has a relaxed relationship with time.
>Worst characteristic of watch: For me, it is once again the single hand layout.  Works to mimic a tachometer, for sure, just not great for accurate time-telling.
>Best characteristic of watch: The lever and bezel arrangement for winding the watch and setting the time, closely followed by the "jump" that occurs at 12:30

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  • MikeinFrankfurt

    Pluses: Neat watch, the mechanics of setting and winding sound interesting and unique. (Bezel looks awfully scratched or smudged, though…I guess this has been handled a lot)

    Negatives: $15K?!?!  I was expecting $5K max but was hoping for somewhere around $3500…I’m getting really tired of these overblown prices when using ETA movements.  The dial quality doesn’t like astounding either but maybe the domed crystal hurts the pics.

    It seems like MeisterSinger has these guys beat all day long in the one-hander category.  For the same cost, grab one of those and a stainless Daytona for some real racing inspiration.

  • ryan_o

    For a moment I thought it was April 1st!

  • Grinnie Jax

    Does it really look like $15,000 watch??

  • I’d like it better if it had an minute hand and the hour hand was discreet and both were retrograde rather than jumping at 12:30.  I was not ready for the price. This is getting to be almost Ressence country in terms of price and even some technical features, but it would be no contest for me – Ressence for the win (yeah I know they are different thematically).

  • joshgraves

    I like the unique design.  It would be cool on a NATO strap, but it looks like you would need something custom to accomplish that feat.

  • I’ll be another echo and say that the price surprised me. I didn’t think this brand was in that category. There is something about the finish I’m not buying for a watch with a sticker like this. The DLC is nice (you normally see it with a more satin/matte finish) but the polished steel parts don’t look to be all that expertly done. The solid caseback is boring to boot. The lever mechanism and bezel operation is cool, but nowhere near $15k cool.
    I’m well documented as not being a fan of lugless cases or one-handed watches, so this one would always have an uphill battle to win me over. That said, I do like the design theory, and actually enjoy it more than many Meistersinger watches. But at this price, forget it.
    I think a leather strap in a ‘racing’ style would be much more appropriate here, and I could make one to fit.

  • Ulysses31

    It looks nice and seems like it has a fun way of setting the time.  Measuring time in fifteen minute increments though is a huge fail for me.  I know it is the nature of the beast with one-hand watches but still, others have done it better.  Would I buy this or three very decent, better-looking watches from other manufacturers?  No contest really.  Whoever decided the pricing for these was being very optimistic.

  • DG Cayse

    Reminds me of the tach on a 2 cycle 1967/8 Kawasaki 500.

  • SuperStrapper Outside of making one of your straps Kris, one of those rubber straps with a tire thread  might work here.

  • DG Cayse

    MarkCarson SuperStrapper It definitely could not hurt.

  • Yep, that’s a good thought as well. A la Mille Miglia.

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  • socabaptist

    I like different watches and I like this. I like the genius winding mechanism and the automotive theme. I like this manufacturer as they’ve made several other interesting watches. I agree, the 15 minute increments is too much. I was reading and getting more interested and then I saw the price. I agree with what someone else said that this is not a 15k watch manufacturer. Even with the changes to the complication – a base eta, surely for that price, I could save some 2 grand more and get a Nomos glashutte lambda

    or several other e.g. a ressence,

    watches that are truly unique and interesting (to me).

    With that said, even if the price was more realistic, it was not the watch for me.

  • Jorge Rodriguez

    How is the jump from 12:30 to 12:31? Is it retrograde or does the hand complete the circuit passing through 6?

  • Lurch

    While I agree reading the comments concerning the excessive price on this watch as well as others recently reviewed, someone has to be paying these silly prices otherwise these manufacturers wouldn’t be asking for them or will just die a slow or quick death and go out of business.

  • jfsuperior

    Dear readers,

    The idea of a watch with the top bezel used for manual winding is not new.

    In 1997, GB-Enigma, a company founded by Gianni Bulgari, launched a groundbreaking product, the “Bezel
    Manual Winder”, a patented mechanical watch that was the only one manually
    rewound by turning the bezel.

    Borrowing an idea from clocks found in the
    1920’s, Bulgari developed an ingenious but simple way to manually wind a watch
    by means of twisting the upper bezel. He needed to find a device affording a
    low friction factor and special gaskets which would allow the watch to function
    when exposed to various conditions, such as water, dust, sand.

    The bezel turns both ways but it only winds
    the watch when rotated anti-clockwise. Two rotations of the bezel are necessary
    to fully wind up the watch. And, unlike most timepieces which have a stop on
    the winding system, the Bezel Manual Winder can be rewound indefinitely with
    damaging the movement. How? It uses a slip-spring barrel as found on many
    automatic movements. The bezel is also used to change the time. With the crown
    pulled out, rotation of the bezel allows adjustment of the hour and minute

    Jack Freedman, watchmaker

  • SarthakSharma

    This seriously looks like a watch you would pass by at Kohl’s or Target. While the single hand speedometer trick is neat and a cool talking point, there is absolutely no way this watch should be priced at $15,000+. Even if there are some (crazy) people out there willing to look over established companies like Rolex, Blancpain, Omega, Zenith, etc. in favor of supporting up and coming watchmakers, this kind of unjustified pricing structure really hurts people looking to get into indie watch buying b/c it encourages new watch companies to bypass caring about introductory level promotional pricing and just ask for the kitchen sink.

  • Jorge Rodriguez

    Thanks, but how does the hour hand go from the 12 to the 1? Retrograde (retracing its path backwards), or continuing its path passing through the logo (in a clockwise direction)?

  • Jorge Rodriguez

    Ok, figured it out. it is a RETROGRADE
    I am glad they did not take the “easy” route. The retrograde feature is pretty cool… too bad it only does it 2 times per day!

  • Evitzee

    Mazzuoli makes some interesting watches and this one is too, but the price is way out of whack.  Paying $15k for a steel cased ETA movement just won’t fly.  I have a couple of Mazzuoulis (time only and a chronograph) that I bought for a song online, but would never consider paying full MSRP for one.

  • paulester17

    I don’t get it. And I’m exhausted just trying to figure it out.

  • ABTW_Patrick

    aBlogtoWatch JonPhillipsSF Thanks, Jon! Was a nice surprise to see your name – read your editorials when you were over at maximumpc!

  • JonPhillipsSF

    ABTW_Patrick aBlogtoWatch maximumpc Thanks, Patrick! BTW: In early Nov, you’ll see a MaxPC alum join my current staff

  • ABTW_Patrick

    JonPhillipsSF aBlogtoWatch maximumpc And the mystery deepens. Let’s see what names I remember…

  • Wait didn’t these puppies cost around 2-3K like…a few months ago??? I think your average garden variety manometer costs about that–and it looks a lot better!

    Maybe he was trying to price it in Lira? 😉


    This is easy to gauge/gouge: Poor price/value ratio.

  • AK74

    These guys will be slaughtered by Apple Watch. There’s no way to sell these in volume for this price.

  • AK74 A couple of ways to look at it. At 20 times the price of an entry level Apple Watch they don’t have to have the same volume to generate the same revenue (and their margins are probably a lot better than Apple’s).
    On the other hand, do you really think buyers will be deciding between this watch and an Apple Watch? I don’t see them as direct competitors, so I find your concern oddly founded. Cheers.

  • I_G

    The design is clever, the price is painful..

  • GBD

    Cool winding mechanism, epic price fail.

  • AK74

    MarkCarson, I’m not planning to buy Apple Watch (or any of this firm’s products). However, I can’t ignore the price point they’re going to set. From here on, $400 is going to be a measuring stick. $18K is not going to fly for a steel watch unless it has something really special about its movement.

  • Humanloop

    I was thinking as I was reading, “man this is a pretty cool watch for about $1500.” And I got to the end of the article and realized that they added an extra zero to it….!

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  • Hands90

    Why does the seconds hand just spin around past the numbers. Why even have it.

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