With the 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders, Bvlgari surprised everyone again. For the umpteenth time, it has been able to innovate itself by breaking new records and moving the bar that limits the possible from the impossible even higher. Let's find out the news of 2021 together.
OCTO FINSSIMO PERPETUAL CALENDAR
The most important novelty of 2021 is undoubtedly the new Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. The octo finissimo collection from 2014 to today has managed to establish Bulgari as a brand of haute horlogerie, innovator and capable of imposing new aesthetic standards.
The main feature of this collection is the reduced thickness and the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar has broken a world record in this category for the seventh time. After the manual tourbillon, the minute repeater, the automatic time only, the automatic tourbillon, the GMT chronograph and the tourbillon chronograph, we have arrived at the turn of the absolute miniaturization of the perpetual calendar and the result is in full Bulgari style.
The new BVL 305 automatic micro rotor caliber in just 2,75mm thickness contains all the complications of a perpetual calendar with the exception of the moon phases and allows the watch to reach the incredible thickness of only 5,80 mm for a diameter case equal to 40mm. Despite the complications present, the power reserve is maintained at 60 hours, just like it happens for time alone. The number of components enclosed in the reduced space available is 408, while the movement is adjusted by means of three correctors placed along the edge of the case, waterproof up to 30 meters.
To fully understand the technical value that this watch contains, it is worth comparing it with the market reference for this complication, the Audemars Piguet 26586 deriving from the RD # 2 project. The new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar manages to reduce the thickness of the Audemars Piguet 26586 by as much as 0,5 mm (5,80 mm vs 6,30 mm). In a field where every tenth of a reduced millimeter corresponds to an enormous technological effort, bringing such a reduction in thickness means having made a masterpiece.
The expressive style that the watch possesses, on the other hand, is in full Genta and Daniel Roth style, manufactures purchased by Bulgari in recent years. In fact, there are two retrograde indications, one for the date that dominates the upper half of the dial and one for the leap year at 6 o'clock. The day of the week and the month, on the other hand, are indicated by two decentralized counters placed respectively at 7 o'clock. 5 and XNUMX o'clock. The dial as a whole is very symmetrical and full. Finally, as generally happens on perpetual calendars, there is no seconds sphere, but only those of hours and minutes.
We are facing yet another technical and artistic masterpiece created by the Italian-Swiss maison.
There are two versions available, one in sandblasted titanium with bracelet and dial also in titanium and the other in platinum with alligator strap and blue dial. The list prices have not been communicated at the moment.
OCTO FINISSIMO TADAO ANDO
After a first collaboration launched in 2019, Bulgari presents to the public a new Octo Finissimo designed together with the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, built in only 160 units. The starting point is always the automatic time only, but this time black ceramic is used instead of sandblasted titanium which is combined with a blue lacquered dial with a spiral processing centered at the secondina at 7 o'clock. 5 you can find a small scythe made of gold.
The clock takes inspiration from the Japanese concept of "Mikazuki", the crescent moon at given time will become full and this passage symbolizes the transience of time. The minimalist style of Tadao Ando is combined with the clear and defined geometric shapes of the Octo Finissimo. The watch case is 40mm waterproof up to 30m while the caliber is the BVL 138 with micro rotor and 60 hours of power reserve.
MYSTERIOUS SNAKE CLEOPATRA
For the #PerpetualLady, on the other hand, Bulgari in 2021 reserved a creation of absolute value, a high jewelery bracelet watch belonging to the Color Treasures collection and dedicated to the queen of Egypt Cleopatra. The structure of the watch-bracelet is made of 18kt rose gold with hexagonal scales set in snow by diamonds and 8 faceted stones (2 citrines, 2 amethysts, 1 aquamarine, 1 chromed tourmaline, 1 tanzanite and 1 peridot), while the The watch, hidden inside one of the stones, features a quartz movement in a 20mm case with a diamond pavé dial.
This jewel watch not only expresses the maison's savoir faire in the processing of precious stones, but also a style that is difficult to imitate.