Bulgari is also known as the Roman Jeweller of Time and for good reason. They have been instrumental in creating a range of high-end jewellery watches that has defined trends in the past and set the ball rolling for creativity across the world. This time too, Bulgari manages to astound and amaze with their latest introduction of high-end jewellery watches. For 2020, the Roman Jeweller of Time have released three timepieces for their Barocko collection and two additional high-end watches belonging to the Octo and Serpenti collection.
But first, here is a little information about the Barocko collection. Making its debut, the Barocko collection from Bulgari pays homage to Rome's artistic and architectural heritage. It is inspired by the historical Baroque movement that began as a rebellion against “he strict lines of classicism, a heady embrace of exotic motifs and unapologetically exuberant themes.”
“Barocko means “meraviglia”, that is “marvels”, “illusions”. It means “filling empty space with new proportions”. At Bvlgari, we are always inspired by Italian beauty, and by the uniqueness of Rome.” says Fabrizio Buonamassa, Bvlgari Product Creation Executive Director.
Below are the details on each of the watch:
Bulgari High Jewellery Lady Arabesque Secret Watch
Belonging to the Barocko collection which epitomises Joie de Vivre, creative bravery and unapologetic elegance, the Lady Arabesque Secret Watch is crafted in pink gold housing a single round of rubellite, pink sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds, and some variously cut and pavé-set diamonds.
Case: 14mm 18kt rose gold case
Water Resistant: Up to 30m.
Dial: 18kt rose gold snow pavé-set diamonds dial, hid by 1 round-cut rubellite (~11,94 cts). 18kt rose gold bracelet featuring a Baroque arabesque decor set with 3 round, 3 oval and 11 cushion-cut pink sapphires (~29,88 cts), 5 pear and 5 oval Paraiba tourmalines (~12,40 cts), 5 pear-shaped diamonds (~2,19 cts), 84 fancy shaped diamonds (~5,03 cts) and pavé-set diamonds.
Movement: Quartz movement
Bulgari Octo Roma Arabesque
Following a similar aesthetic like the High Jewellery Lady Arabesque Secret Watch, the Octo Roma Arabesque features an embellished 44mm case decorated with baroque embroidery of pink sapphires, tourmalines, emeralds and diamonds. Inside the watch beats the unqiuely crafted BVL 268 – the thinnest tourbillon in the market.
Movement: Mechanical manufacture black skeleton movement with manual winding, world's thinnest tourbillon caliber BVL 268 SK equipped with flying tourbillon and specific ball-bearings system (1.95 mm thin).
Case and dial: 44mm 18kt rose gold octagonal case and bezel, set with 212 baguette-cut diamonds (~7,77 cts) and 48 round brilliant-cut diamonds (~2,81 cts), water-resistant up to 30 m. 18kt rose gold crown with black ceramic insert. 18kt rose gold Baroque arabesque decor set
with 5 fancy-cut pink sapphires (~1,70 cts), 4 fancy-cut Paraiba tourmalines, 5 round brilliant-cut emeralds and 196 round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, inserted in the cap of the secret watch.
Strap: Green alligator leather strap with 18kt rose gold folding buckle set with baguette-cut diamonds.
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi High-Jewellery Baroque Pearls Secret Watch
Staying true to Baroque's iconic aesthetic of sinuous lines, voluptuous shapes and intricate complexity is the new Serpenti Misteriosi High-Jewellery Baroque Pearls secret watch. Set with emeralds, Akoya pearls and diamonds, the timepiece is one of the most complex pieces of the Barocko collection. It is a tribute to the “Perla Scaramazza” which is an irregular natural pearl that was used in jewellery during the Baroque Period (XVI – XVII) and was eventually baptised as the “Baroque pearl”.
Taking a total of 2,300 hours to complete, the Serpenti Misteriosi High-Jewellery Baroque Pearls secret watch houses over 220 pearls that have painstakingly chosen and matched for colour and size and embellished on the supple bracelet. This is further decorated with alternates of diamond-set rings to demarcate the piece and align with the iconic Serpenti aesthetic. A rare cabochon-cut emerald of over 12 carats hides the snow-set diamond dial.
Case: 30mm 18kt white gold case
Water Resistant: Up to 30m
Dial: 18kt white gold snow-set pavé diamonds dial
Bracelet: 18kt white gold bracelet featuring 226 white natural pearls (~232 cts), snakes and Baroque volutes set with 3’605 round brilliant cut-diamonds (~38,2 cts), 1 cabochon-cut emerald (~12,15 cts) for the dial, 2 cabochon-cut emeralds (~4,61 cts) and 4 pear-shaped emerald eyes (~0,47 ct) for the 2 snakes
Movement: Quartz movement
Apart from the Barocko designs, Bulgari also released two additional new editions of two of its most iconic existing collections, Octo and Serpenti.
Bulgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite
Similar to how Bulagri jewels are popular for their colour and axuberamce, the brand decided to bring these features to men's timepieces. This led to the released of mens watches using using hard stones such as malachite, jade and lapis lazuli. The 2020 Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite follows the same theme and debuts with a limited edition of 30 pieces. Made from Malachite sourced from Congo, the new watch features a Mechanical Manufacture movement with flying tourbillon and manual winding BVL 206 caliber. Its 44-mm platinum case is set with baguette-cut diamonds and an 18-karat white gold crown. The middle case is crafted in malachite and the 18-karat white gold caliber decorated with malachite indexes. Strapped to a green alligator leather strap, the Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite is a definite head-turner!
Movement: Mechanical Manufacture movement with manual winding and flying tourbillon, BVL 206 caliber.
Case and dial: 44 mm platinum case set with baguette-cut diamonds. 18kt white gold crown. Middle case in malachite. 18kt white gold caliber decorated with malachite indexes.
Strap: Green alligator leather strap with 18kt white gold folding clasp set with baguette-cut diamonds.
Limited edition: 30 pieces.
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati Secret Watch Sapphires
With its early versions inspired by the High Jewellery pieces, the Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati Secret Watch Sapphires was first launched in 2019. The Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati Secret Watch Sapphires features a unique design that combines a double-headed snake with a beaded bracelet for an organic, fluid design that wraps around the wrist beautifully. One of the two linked Serpenti snakeheads houses the watch. Crafted in 18kt rose gold, the new Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati secret watch is set on a bracelet made with 426 sapphire beads totalling over 100 carats and further embellished with with sapphires and diamonds of various shapes.
Case:18kt rose gold
Bracelet: Interweaving bracelet set with 426 sapphire beads (~101,35 cts) and round brilliant-cut diamonds.18kt rose gold snakeheads set with marquise-cut sapphires and diamonds, round
brilliant-cut sapphires and diamonds and 4 pear-shaped sapphire eyes. A total of 17 marquise-cut diamonds (~4,75 cts) and 8 marquise, oval and round sapphires (~4,75 cts) are set on the case and bracelet.
Dial: Pavé-set diamond
Movement: Quartz movement
*Carats and number of stones depending on the size of the bracelet.