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The House of Bvlgari’s great adventure is a wonderful family story, one that has been rooted in the heart of the City of Rome for the past 130 years. Now, the master-watchmakers at Bvlgari in Switzerland pay tribute to this storied past with a commemorative edition of the famous BVLGARI ROMA timepiece.
In the purest tradition of the original model, the round 39mm case, its bezel engraved with the iconic BVLGARI ROMA, combines timeless classicism with an amazing, almost architectural, modernity. The black ceramic crown firmly reinvents the classic shape for the new millennium with innovative technologies, while strengthening the ties between memory and imagination.
The technical aspects of the watch are not concealed. A sapphire case back opens up for viewing the beating of the watch’s heart: a mechanical self-winding mechanism with a 72-hour power reserve.
CREATIVITY MEETS PRECISION
The Bvlgari OCTO’s seductive power lies in its sophistication. Avoiding simplistic approaches and preconceived ideas, this watch is the signature of a remarkable, unusual and meticulous personality that embraces the complementary sides of its dual nature. In a day and age that is searching for understanding, values and meaning, this watch asserts its studied complexity.
The Octo has become a mainstay in the watch collections of Bvlgari; a precision timepiece and an architectural creation that pays lively tribute to Italian creative genius. In this spirit of pursuing the basic essentials, the OCTO line has also added a creation equipped with an ultra-thin hand-wound mechanical movement, an expression of unquestionable formal elegance. The 2014 additions to the OCTO line again come in a number of versions. While the OCTO’s case has traditionally been offered in a 41.5mm diameter size, it now comes in a new 38mm version that plays with the kinds of metal combinations and contrasts to which the overall aesthetic of the watch lends itself so well. The new case houses the Solotempo calibre, an automatic movement designed and manufactured in-house.
ANTHOLOGY OF THE NAVY
Meaning The Admiral of Time in Italian, L’Ammiraglio del Tempo refers to the maritime universe and evokes the era of sailboats and seafaring conquests of the history’s great naval powers: France, England, Spain and Portugal. Setting the finishes touch to L’Ammiraglio del Tempo, its movement is equipped with a constant-force device.
The elaborate 516-part movement used in L’Ammiraglia del Tempo is housed within a case belonging to the Daniel Roth line. The ‘solid’ part of the dial is made from a plate in black or blue gold, according to the metal of the case. This ensemble is then topped off by a bell-shaped sapphire crystal that provides tantalising glimpses into the handcrafted Cotes de Geneve and circular-grained movement finishes. L’Ammiraglio del Tempo is issued in two extremely limited series of 20 inch 18K pink gold, and 10 inch 10K white gold in a 50mm diameter case.
GEOMETRY OF PERFECTION
Character, elegance and power, these are the values that Bvlgari OCTO41 has being conveying during the past couple of years. Launched in 2012, this watch with its exceptional eight-sided case and the round bezel is simple but complex at the same time and has become an icon among the Brand’s timepieces.
Bvlgari is now introducing a new variation of the piece in steel and rose gold with a white lacquered face. Highlighted by the chromatic effect of the alternating metals, the bold and timeless OCTO design makes this watch even stronger and instantly recognizable.
The shape of its case remains the main original feature of the model. Thanks to its 110 hand-polished and brushed facets, the OCTO case epitomises the overall purity of this extraordinary creation that perfectly embodies the Bvlgari architectural design, inspired by its unique artistic Roman heritage. The result is a contemporary aesthetic ensemble, combined with an understated and classic reading of time.