22 years ago, The Gladiator bought this watch
Meet the Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro
The 2000 Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Gladiator‘ was shot in three main locations in 1999: Surrey, England; Fort Ricasoli, Malta and Ouarzazate, Morocco. Yes, in traditional Hollywood fashion, a movie that was set in Rome was filmed nowhere near Rome.
Mind you, while the majority of filming took place outside of Italy, the cast did indeed set foot in Italy, numerous times, mostly for promotional work, and while on location, Australian actor Russell Crowe (who famously played the protagonist Massimo Decimo Meridio) bought a watch: a Manometro, built by Florentine designer Giuliano Mazzuoli.
Actually, Manometro isn’t the name of a watch, it is the name of a collection of watches, identifiable by the almost cylindrical case, the integrated leather band and the [screw-in] crown located at the 2 o’clock.
Most Manometro models are powered by high-beat ETA-based automatic-winding movements, with 25 jewels and 40 hours of power reserve.
Back in 2018, Crowe had a big ‘divorce auction’, which included the watch he got in Florence. However, Crowe actually owned more than one Giuliano Mazzuoli, including a Contagiri he was wearing when he shared a picture on his Twitter with British-Irish comedian Jimmy Carr.
Pricing? A new Manometro, straight from the manufacturer’s website, costs €2,500 (£2,100). There are 33 GM watches on Chrono24. The cheapest (located in the UK) costs €954 (£810), while the most expensive (in the US), costs €7,930 (£6,700).