Baselworld Preview: Bulgari

While waiting for Baselworld, Bulgari stirs our curiosity by unveiling new interpretations for its core families: Octo, LVCEA and Serpenti.

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Octo

In the watchmaking world, the Octo family distinguishes itself for clean and ultra-modern lines since its launch. A design principle of purity that becomes stronger thanks to the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton and the Octo Ultranero.

The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton is the newest interpretation of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, presented at its launch as the smallest watch of its kind.

 

Bulgari Otto Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton. 40mm-diameter platinum case, platinum, crown with ceramic insert. Mechanical hand-winding Finissimo Skeleton flying tourbillon movement, sapphire baseplate, Calibre BVL 268, tourbillon carriage mounted on a ball-bearing mechanism, 253 components, 62-hour power reserve. 1,95mm thick. Finishing: bevelled, circular satin-brushed and straight-grained baseplate and bridges; black D.L.C. coating, bevelled and circular satin-brushed gear wheels, three ball-bearing mechanism for the barrel.

 

A haute horlogerie timepiece that holds the world slimness record for a tourbillon movement with the Bulgari BVL 268 Finissimo calibre, in very well balanced proportions. This same slim lines (1,95mm thick) confer the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton a sense of daring with little exuberance, a sense of elegance and a solid presence on the wrist at the same time.

 

The Octo Ultranero, on its turn, stuns for its intense modernity.

 

Bulgari Octo Ultranero
Bulgari Octo Ultranero. Steel case with black Diamond Like Carbon (D.L.C.) treatment, 41mm diameter, transparent caseback, D.L.C.-treated screw-lock crown with ceramic insert; black lacquered and polished dials, black or red facetted skeleton hands, black or red hour-markers. Integrated rubber strap with D.L.C.-treated steel pin buckle. Bidirectional mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BVL 193 with twin barrels, driving indication of the hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock; Côtes de Geneva motif, circular graining and chamfering; 50-hour power reserve.

 

In two variations, one all-black and one black with red skeletonized hands and red hour-markers, the Octo Ultranero stands strong and impactful as the ultimate urban iconic watch for men.

 

The very heart of the Octo family, though, will be represented by the new Octo Roma, which promise is “the quest for quintessence”.

 

Bulgari Octo Roma
Bulgari Octo Roma. 58-facet case in 18kt pink gold, steel or 18kt pink gold and steel, 41mm diameter, transparent caseback, screw-lock crown in 18kt pink gold or steel with a ceramic insert, 42-hour power reserve. Steel bracelet or black or brown alligator leather strap with folding or pin buckle depending on the version; black lacquered, silver-toned or sunburst polished brown dial, facetted skeleton hands, hand-applied hour-markers. Bidirectional mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BVL 191 Solotempo; Côte de Genève motif, chamfering and snailing.

 

With Octo Roma, Octo goes deep to its geometric essence, embodied by the octagonal shape of its case that goes back to its formal purity.

Reduced from 110 to 58 facets, Octo Roma’s case design combines the circle and the square in a modern and urban design, to deliver a timepiece intended for those looking for a “calmer”,  “gentler” and “smoother” version of Bulgari Octo.

 

Bulgari Octo Roma
Bulgari Octo Roma

 

Minimalistic in design and highly contemporary in terms of presence on the wrist, with its 41mm diametre – not too big, not too small – Octo Roma represents today a capsule collection that is destined to stay within the Octo family, and to welcome more models and variations in the future.

 

LVCEA

The new LVCEA Moon Phases brings one of the most coveted and fascinating astronomical complications to the world of feminine watches.

 

Bulgari LVCEA Moon Phases
Bulgari LVCEA Moon Phases. Case in 18kt pink or white gold set with 45 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel; or in 18kt pink gold and steel; 36mm in diameter; crown set with a diamond cabochon; dial featuring mother-of-pearl as well as a hard ruby or aventurine glass disc for the lunar cycle. Purple, blue or red glossy alligator leather strap with pin buckle in 18kt pink or white gold. Bidirectional mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BVL 191 Solotempo driving a moon-phase display as well as indications of the hours, minutes and seconds; Côtes de Genève motif, bevelling and snailing; 42-hour power reserve.

 

A complication that brings a double challenge: the precision of the lunar cycle calculation and representation on one side, and the aesthetic visual balance on the other, having to provide an opening in the mother-of-pearl dial able to maintain a harmonic design in line with the timepiece’s overall image.

 

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Bulgari LVCEA Moon Phases. 18kt pink gold, bezel and hours set with brilliant-cut diamonds, 36mm diameter, crown set with a diamond cabochon; dial featuring mother-of-pearl as well as hard ruby glass disc for the lunar cycle.

 

The color coordination is seamless, with the lunar cycle disc’s hue perfectly matching the alligator strap one. A precious timepiece, with the right dose of “complicated technology”, quite easy to wear in any circumstance.

New LVCEA Animations in steel and gold, in full steel and with new dial colours, from 28mm to 33mm, will surely please the most diverse personalities.

 

 

 

Serpenti

Black is always on trend, and this year Bulgari’s Serpenti Spiga plays it by presenting an intriguing all-black version with pink gold accents.

 

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga
Bulgari Serpenti Spiga. Black ceramic bracelet, single-coil with 18kt pink gold inserts; black ceramic case or black ceramic case with 18kt gold bezel (this picture), crown set with a cabochon, black dial. Quartz Calibre B033 customised for Bulgari.

 

A highly contemporary take on one of Bulgari’s most emblematic models.

 

Also the Serpenti Tubogas continues to evolve, in a constant search for elegance and standing.

 

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas
Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas. Single-coil or double coil bracelet in steel and 18kt pink gold, case in steel and 18kt pink gold, crown set with a cabochon, grey dial. Double-coil steel bracelet, steel case, burgundy dial. Quartz Calibre B033 customised for Bulgari.

 

An extra-long model is what you need to express the ultimate fashion statement.

 

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas - extra long model
Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas – five-coil steel bracelet, steel case, black dial and diamonds. Quartz movement Calibre B033.

 

Last but not the least, High Jewellery watches play a relevant role in Bulgari’s novelties for 2017. The new Serpent Seduttori is a High Jewellery bangle watch able to bewitch and “seduce” at the very first gaze.

 

Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori
Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori. High Jewellery bangle watch, 18kt white gold case set with baguette-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds. 1 cabochon-cut sapphire and 2 pear-shaped rubies; 18kt white gold dial and bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

 

A note of cuteness: the last part of the tail rotates on the side to allow to wear the bangle on the wrist.

 

 

 

A 2017 rich of developments and novelties for the Rome-based Maison, stated by models expressing intense desire for beauty and modernity.

 

 

Material courtesy of Bulgari.

 

 

 

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