With the 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders, Bvlgari has once again surprised everyone. For the umpteenth time, she has been able to innovate herself by breaking new records and moving even higher the bar that delimits the possible from the impossible. Let's discover together the news of 2021.
EIGHT FINSSIMO perpetual calendar
The most important novelty of 2021 is undoubtedly the new Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. The octo fine collection from 2014 to today has managed to affirm Bulgari as a brand of fine watchmaking, innovative and able to impose new aesthetic canons.
The main feature of this collection is the reduced thickness and the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar broke 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 arrived at the turn of the absolute miniaturization of the perpetual calendar and the result is in full Bulgari style.
The new BVL 305 micro rotor automatic caliber in just 2.75mm thick all contains complications of a perpetual calendar except for the moon phases and allows the watch to reach the incredible thickness of only 5.80 mm against a case diameter of 40mm. Despite the complications present, the power reserve remains at 60 hours, just as it happens for the time only. The number of components enclosed in the reduced space available is 408, while the adjustment of the movement is carried out through three concealers placed along the edge of the case, waterproof up to 30 meters.
To make the technical value of this watch fully understood, 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 millimeter reduced corresponds to a huge 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, manufacturers exacerbated by Bulgari in recent years. There are, in fact, two retrograde indications, one for the date that tames the upper half of the dial and one for the leap year at 6 o'clock. On the day of the week and the month, on the other hand, they are indicated by two decentralized meters placed at 7 and 5 o'm respectively. The dial as a whole is very symmetrical and full. Finally, as is generally the case on perpetual calendars, there is no sphere of seconds, only those of hours and minutes.
We are faced with yet another technical and artistic masterpiece created by the Italian-Swiss maison.
There are two versions available, one in sandblasted Titanium with a titanium bracelet and dial and the other in platinum with alligator strap and blue dial. List prices have not been disclosed at this time.
OCTO VERY FINE TADAO ANDO
After a first collaboration launched in 2019, Bulgari presents to the public a new Octo Finissimo conceived together with the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, made in only 160 pieces. The starting point is always the only automatic time, but this time black ceramic is used instead of sandblasted titanium to which is combined a blue lacquer dial with a spiral work at the second at 7 o'clock. In addition, at 5 o'0 you can find a small sickle made of gold.
The clock takes inspiration from the Japanese concept of "Mikazuki", the dedicated-time crescent moon will become full and this passage symbolizes the transience of time. Tadao Ando's minimalist style is combined with the sharp and deifnite geometric shapes of octo finissimo. The case of the watch is from 40 mm 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, bulgari in 2021 reserved a creation of absolute value, a high jewelry bracelet watch belonging to the Colour Treasures collection and dedicated to the Queen of Egypt Cleopatra. The structure of the bracelet watch 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 chrome tormaline, 1 tanzanite and 1 peridoto), while the watch, hiding inside one of the stones, mounts a quartz movement in a 20mm case and with a pavé dial of dies.
This jewel watch expresses not only the maison's savoir faire in the processing of precious stones, but also a style that is difficult to imitate.