The Renaissance Man’s Watch

 Courtesy of Visconti

Leonardo Da Vinci might be the perfect representation of Italian culture if you ask the folks from Visconti: part artist, part inventor, product of Florence. That’s exactly how the Florentine brand describes its new 25th anniversary watch collection.

Of course, Visconti is actually new to the watch game; the company is known for its luxury pens, which they began creating in 1988, and has since expanded to accessories including cufflinks and timepieces. This first collection pays homage to the traditions of Florence — home to Michelangelo and Brunelleschi — and to the city’s artistry and design aesthetics, like the bridges represented in the watches’ two bold structural touches. The elegant and unique bars that cross the face are meant to safeguard time — both literally and symbolically.

Visconti watches are not Italian purebreds, though. Swiss movements are imported and assembled with Italian bezels for the final presentation, incorporating renowned components into something unique. Three breeds — Elegance, Image, and Sport — differ in design, materials (steel and titanium), the finish and PVD treatments, and each comes in two faces: “Up to Date” with a calendar feature, and “GMT,” which keeps track of a second time zone.

The faces are all 42mm and are waterproof to 10 ATM. Each watch comes with leather or alligator bands depending on the model, and each of the six offerings is produced in a limited quantity of 250 numbered pieces. Prices start at $3850 across the collection.