Once Upon a time with Linda. A story about me and my experiences with Hamilton Watches. Let me start with some history about the brand (for those who aren’t familiar with Hamilton). Hamilton Watches was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1892. The watches combine a strong American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technology. Hamilton is known for it’s innovative design, it has a strong foothold in Hollywood. For over six decades Hamilton’s watches have appeared in more than 450 Hollywood movies.
Their eye-catching shapes, materials and unique designs earn them roles in diverse movie genres, ranging from action movies such as Die Hard, Ocean’s Eleven to science fiction movies like Interstellar, Men In Black and Independence Day, till comedy classics like You’ve Got Mail and Legally Blonde.
The brand is constantly working closely with the world’s leading directors, costume designers, prop masters and screenwriters to find watches that have their own plot. Moviemaking is similar to watchmaking: In order to inspire the audience, a meticulous attention to technical and styling detail is crucial.
But it’s not just Hollywood. Hamilton is the official partner of Nastri d’Argento in Taormina, a film festival organized by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. For the fourth year, Hamilton granted the “Hamilton Behind the Camera Award – Nastri d’Argento 2016” to an Italian artist for an outstanding debut behind the camera. I attended the 70th edition in Taormina last week.
I arrived on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t my first time in Taormina, but the first time at Hotel San Domenico. I had a couple of free hours left before the Hamilton Dinner. You might remember the breathtaking view from my balcony? I would have loved to stay there all afternoon, but I decided to use the free hours to photograph some looks with the Hamilton watches. The dinner and the press moment took place at restaurant La Baronessa. A wonderful evening.
Saturday the day of the awards started relaxed. A delicious traditional Sicilian breakfast. Strawberry granita and brioche (best way to start the day) and a afternoon at the beach. We started the evening of the awards with a cocktail. At 20.00 o’clock we walked to the Greek theater of Taormina. The location of the awards (such a magical place). It was the night of the Euro 2016 semi-finals as well and since Italians love football we had to watch the game before the awards. A very special experience to watch football in a greek theater surrounded by 300 Italians. After a football match of 4 hours it was finally time for the awards. Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla awarded the talented Gabriele Mainetti debuting as director in the movie «Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot», a film acclaimed by the public and critics for the new narrative language brought to the Italian movie scene. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s on my list. After the awards we walked back to the hotel. On Sunday we had some to relax at the pool and enjoyed a delicious lunch before we headed back to Milano.