Bvlgari presented its latest watches for men and women at the recent Watches & Wonders 2021 virtual event.
OCTO FINISSIMO TADAO ANDO
On the men’s side the Maison’s Octo Finissimo took centre stage with the unveiling of Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando; a 160-piece limited series in collaboration with Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Tadao Ando’s architectural creations reveal clear affinities with the Octo Finissimo collection. Impressed by its pure shape, the Japanese construction specialist wanted to express his vision of time based on the Mikazuki concept. Mikazuki represents the crescent moon. The Tadao Ando limited edition takes a minimalist approach to the theme of time expressed on a deep blue lacquered dial with an essential graphic element, the gold crescent moon positioned at 5 o’clock. The architect’s signature is engraved on the transparent caseback.
Meanwhile, the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar features a record-breaking design, as the slimmest Perpetual Calendar in the world. This new watch is available in both titanium and platinum versions. The development of the 2.75 mm calibre required the movement design engineers of the Bvlgari Manufacture to devise new solutions, such as the use of a micro-rotor and the optimal use of the space between the components without reducing their dimensions. This complication is the most accomplished in the Octo Finissimo family, merging watchmaking excellence and Italian aesthetic sensitivity.
In women’s novelties, four new vibrant cocktail watches celebrate the joy of colour and combine watchmaking with fine jewellery making. The new Divissima and Allegra watches use brilliant gemstones to bring the watches to life and embark on a new chapter of colour that captures the spirit of la Dolce Vita. The Divissima cocktail watches come in two new smaller models size. The all-diamond and diamond and emerald timepieces open up a new segment of high jewellery watches. While the redesigned Allegra features a bold selection of gemstones of different cuts and shapes – citrines, amethysts, peridot, blue topaz and rhodolite – and is set to orbit around the mother of pearl dial, creating a stunning display of brightness. Available in either white or rose gold, both versions come with an alligator strap.
The latest chapter of Bvlgari’s Serpenti story comes in the form of the Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra. This high jewellery, one-of-a-kind cuff highlights the jewellery house’s expertise in gemstones. It features a stunning diamond-set dial, hidden behind a faceted hexagonal see-through rubellite of over 5 carats. The contemporary style of the cuff-watch focuses on the snake’s scales set with smooth-surfaced and striking coloured gemstones. The bold combination of rainbow-coloured vivid gemstones surrounded by snow-set diamonds offers a unique high jewellery watch. Each of the three-dimensional scales is unique in shape and size to ensure the conical-shaped cuff comfortable to wear. Setting the eight gemstones are pairs of faceted hexagonal are amethysts, citrines, an aquamarine, a rubellite, a Chrome tourmaline, a tanzanite and a peridot. With a total weight of over 50 carats, accompanied by close to 4,000 snow-set diamonds it took more than 470 hours of meticulous work. Custom-cut to fit the design, each of the six-sided gems sacrificed up to two-thirds of their volume to achieve the perfect clarity, brilliance and saturation of colour.