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These are a few of my favourite things: Stefano Macaluso, General Manager, Girard Perregaux

by Michael Weare
5 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Stefano Macaluso

This week in These are a few of my favourite things, we feature five of the favourite things of Stefano Macaluso, Chairman of the Sowind Group, and, as of 2010, General Manager of Girard Perregaux. In addition to being a passionate rally driver, Stefano’s training as an architect has enabled him to add real flair to the design of Girard Perregaux timepieces, which is perhaps one of the reasons why the watches from this long established maison just seem to get better and better. Recent examples have included the magnificent white ceramic WW.TC World Timer and the Le Corbusier Trilogy, a masterful collection in tribute to architect  Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier.  Here then, from Stanley Kubrick to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, are five of Stefano’s favourite things in life.

Favourite film: 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001 A Space Odyssey

This was one of Stanley Kubrick’s early masterpieces, and has shaped the way many science fiction and space themed movies have been presented ever since, including Ridley Scott’s Aliens, and his latest and much panned prequel Prometheus. The idea of polite but all controlling speaking computers has become almost a science fiction cliché, but it all started with 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie deals with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are affecting human evolution, and a subsequent space voyage to Jupiter to trace a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. The soundtrack was that of Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss, The Blue Danube and Also Sprach Zarathustra. Today the movie is near-universally recognised by critics, filmmakers, and audiences as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

Favourite food: Gianduja, Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream at Caffé Fiorio, Turin

Gianduja

Caffé Fiorio is an art-deco palace of fine Italian  ice creams. Fiorio is located on via Po, a beautiful avenue that stretches from Piazza Castello to the river Po. It’s also a choice place to try a gelato, and Stefano’s favourite is the Gianduja, a handmade hazelnut chocolate ice cream. This particular flavour of ice cream, takes its name from Gianduja, an eat, drink and be merry character in Italy’s Commedia dell’ Artes. It is to Italy what fish and chips is to Britain. Every well known Caffé has its own version, and there are several commercially made brands available too. Think Nutella and you are getting close to the delicious taste of this ice cream.

Favourite car: Ferrari 330 P4

Ferrari 330 P4

Talented driver though he is, we can assume Stefano doesn’t actually own a Ferrari 330 P4 since there are said to be only three of them remaining, and all of them are in museums with an estimated price tag of $15 million per car. This particular Ferrari is certainly one of the most admired of many much loved Ferrari’s. With its low lines and aggressive cat-about-to-pounce styling, it was one of the most accomplished in a long line of rear engine Ferrari’s to be produced. Fitted with a mighty long block Lampredi V12, the P4’s best moment came at Daytona 1967, when Enzo Ferrari placed 1-2-3 at one of America’s most respected sports-car races. Today, replicas are available as kit cars, and it remains a true petrol head’s dream machine.

Favourite music : Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”

Don Giovanni

You can’t be Italian and not love your opera, and Stefano proves to be no exception. Don Giovanni was first performed on October 29th 1787, with the score completed just the day before, barely giving the Prague Italian Opera time to practice it. Nonetheless, it was rapturously received right from the start as it contained elements of melodrama, comedy and even supernatural elements. Don Giovanni is a seducer, a deceiver and ultimately a killer, but things start to go wrong for him when his many victims join forces to seek justice, thus the sub title of the opera, A Rake Punished. Mozart’s liveliest, most extreme and most romantic music draws the image of a human being who knows that his existence is not infinite, and therefore wants to make hay while the sun shines. Don Giovanni remains the tenth most performed opera in the world today.

Favourite watch: Girard Perregaux Laureato 3 Sapphire Bridges

Girard Perregaux Laureato with three sapphire bridges

Naturally brand loyal, Stefano chooses the GP Laureato with 3 Sapphire Bridges as his favourite watch. Limited to just ten pieces, this particular watch features translucent blue bridges in places of the more common gold bridges. The watch houses an automatic mechanical Girard-Perregaux 9600-0004 movement, within a 42.6 mm titanium case. The clarity of the stone reveals a tourbillon suspended beneath the bridge above the 6’o’clock position as well as mechanical components beneath the other bridges.  The transparent sapphire caseback reveals the movement in action.  But Stefano is also partial to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, originally designed by Gerald Genta, apparently on the eve of Baselworld in 1971.

Look our for another important watch luminary’s favourite things next week.

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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