After being showcased at BaselWorld 2013, Gucci Timepieces Artisan Corner traveled to Geneva to demonstrate how the brand’s 1921 and Bamboo collections are created. One of Gucci’s talented craftsmen was present throughout the evening to explain how he crafts both collections with either leather or bamboo.

Gucci Bamboo Collection

Gucci Bamboo Collection

The Bamboo timepiece is made out of a single piece of bamboo that is shaved, carved and burned to obtain the desired color before being attached to the stainless steel case. The watch comes in different colors of bamboo, such as white, black and brown, with a stainless steel bracelet featuring bamboo as well.

The use of bamboo gives the watch’s round case a unique touch reminiscent of Gucci’s iconic handbag handles. Gucci began using bamboo for its handbags during the Second World War at a time when traditional materials were so scarce.

While bamboo has remained since then one of the brand’s iconic materials, so has leather. The 1921‘s vintage design recalls the Roaring Twenties with its square case crafted out of calfskin leather. This collection is available in several colors to suit all tastes–brown, black, white and camel.

Gucci 1921 Collection

Gucci 1921 Collection

Photo Credits: Gucci, The Image Gate