We discover the latest timepieces by Bulgari, new for 2022.
Serpenti Misteriosi High Jewellery Secret Watches
Bulgari is introducing four new Serpenti secret watches, revisiting the iconic design from the 1950s. Each of the exquisite designs is equipped with the new Piccolissimo mechanical movement, one of the smallest in the world, entirely conceived and produced within the Bulgari Manufacture. True to the spirit of the Maison the new Serpenti Misteriosi watches are opulent and colourful, bridging the gap between watchmaking and jewellery design. Particular attention has been paid to the goldsmithing practices and the precious metal structure forming the bracelet and the head to ensure that it is comfortable and light to wear.
Each timepiece is designed to be worn on either wrist: the container hidden within the snake’s head – housing the diamond-encrusted dial and the underlying movement – can be easily removed and turned in the other direction to be easily visible on the left or right arm. Pressing the snake’s tongue on the Serpenti Misteriosi opens the head to reveal the watch. Each watch features the new mechanical calibre, measuring 12.30mm in diameter and 2.50mm thick. This compact movement weighs just 1.30 grams.
Serpenti Seduttori and Serpenti Tubogas
This year three new models complete the Serpenti Seduttori collection. A new bracelet is introduced based on an architecture composed of hexagonal motifs. Its fluid design flows over the wrist like a second skin. Available in steel, rose gold and steel or full rose gold, this new configuration offers elegance and modernity. Diamonds are set around the edge of the bezel forming two arcs of a circle to recall the jewellery ancestry of the creations; as well as the characteristic cabochon-cut rubellite: adding to the luminosity of these models.
Furthermore, the single-tour Serpenti Tubogas wristwatch is now available in a bimetallic combination of yellow gold and steel, or exclusively in yellow gold set with diamonds on either side of the reptile’s head, embellished with a white opaline guilloché dial. This watch is crafted with jewellery expertise and the finest in watchmaking and is unapologetically Italian.
Octo Roma Masterpieces of Sound
Two grand masterpieces; the Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie and the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon blue edition highlight the finest in watchmaking and the most complicated in savoir-faire and innovation. The Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie is a mechanical masterpiece of sound that harmoniously brings together the marvel of sound and precious gemstones in a thoroughly modern style. Not only does the Grande Sonnerie four-gong mechanism represent a pinnacle of horological prowess, but the dial and case are now set with shimmering baguette-cut emeralds and diamonds. This is Bulgari at its very best, elegantly fusing Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie in its iconic Roman style. As a chiming watch, the new bejewelled Grande Sonnerie joins the orchestra of the Sinfonia della Meccanica, along with other masterpieces that allow the wearer to experience the wonder of the mechanical heart of the watch through the pure and primordial emotion of sound.
The second piece; the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon blue edition combines two classic complications and redefines watchmaking tradition in a resolutely modernist approach. This watch features a highly graphic skeletonised movement with blue bridges. The platinum case is encircled by a blued titanium caseband. It has been designed to amplify the sound rendition and clarity. It features the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon movement with three hammers, hand-wound calibre BVL428, and measuring 35mm in diameter ad 8.35mm thick. It comprises a total of 432 components and is entirely manufactured in-house. The generous proportions of the case are designed to maximise sound propagation. Available in a 30-piece limited edition the watch has a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, is water-resistant to three atmospheres, and comes with a blue alligator leather strap secured by a platinum triple-blade folding clasp.
Lucea Intarsio Sculptures of Light
The new Lucea Intarsio watches are designed to translate the characteristic luminescence of the distinctive Roman sky and its blue and pink pearlescence. The new 2022 models add new colours to the palette, with their three-dimensional architectural dials crafted in materials that capture and enhance the light. Pink mother-of-pearl and aventurine compose the two new Lucea shades ensuring maximum chromatic effect and infusing the collection with an additional jewellery touch. Furthering a classic métiers d’art technique applied to the mother-of-pearl, each of the dials is assembled using the marquetry technique in a pattern called Intarsio. In both cases, each of the 37 mother-of-pearl and blue aventurine micro-elements are cut and then faceted by hand before being assembled according to a precise and regular geometry to form the three-dimensional surface of the dial. This complex and refined handcrafted construction captures all the variations in light, like the skies of the Eternal City.