Roman jewellery brand Bulgari has fused bold Italian design with Swiss mechanical and horological craftsmanship in its timepieces since 1918. This year marks the completion of 135th anniversary, and as a part of its Pre-Basel 2019 offering, Bulgari has launched two exquisite minute repeaters, one each for men and women – the Divas’ Dream Finissima and the new Octo Grande Sonnerie.
Minute repeaters are special as they require more components and are more complicated to be assembled. Their highly sophisticated structure, precision and accuracy cements their status as one of a kind
Here is what you need to know about these two timepieces. Unlike other timepieces, each minute repeater requires manual regulation to control its sound.
Divas’ Dream Finissima Minute Repeater
Bulgari’s Divas’ Dream collection is a manifestation of maison’s love for coloured gemstones. Just in case you are on a lookout for something between jewellery and a time piece Divas’ Dream collection has an array of choices; think dials with hand-painted parrots, peacocks and flowers; white and rose gold cases set with brilliant-cut diamonds, tanzanites and turquoises; straps made of satin and exotic leather, this collection has something for everyone. And Divas’ Dream Finissima is their latest entrant.
Set with diamonds around the deep blue aventurine dial, it is detailed with a fan-shaped Diva’s Dream charm acting as the minute repeater lever, and also covered in diamond pavé. The dial is set with nine diamond indexes and an off-centred seconds counter. With a BVL 362 caliber, this thinnest lady’s minute repeater comes with a 37 mm, 18kt white gold case and petals fully snow-set with round-cut diamonds. Want to soak in some more details? It has a transparent back revealing all the intense craftsmanship involved. Adding to that is the shiny blue alligator strap with an 18 kt white gold 3- blade folding buckle set with brilliant cut diamonds. This is a limited edition of 10 pieces.
Octo Grand Sonnerie
Bulgari’s line of timepieces for men, Octo is a proof of maison’s specialization in groundbreaking technology. The collection so far has comprised pieces with intricate mechanical skeleton movements, neat and exquisite cases created in stainless steel, rose gold and platinum. The latest addition to the line is Octo Grand Sonnerie exemplifying Bulgari’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Octo Grand Sonnerie brings forth the futuristic Horlogerie with its perfect synchronicity, as 827 individually handcrafted components come together in this one timepiece. Another minute repeater with an automatic winding BVL 703 Caliber, Grande Sonnerie elevates the concept of style with substance. With a 44 mm,18 kt rose gold case with titanium middle case, it has a skeletonised dial with rose gold indexes and hands. To add, it has a rubberised black alligator strap with 18 kt rose gold folding clasp. A unique piece.
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