Pre-Basel 2019: BVLGARI
Pre-Basel 2019: BVLGARI leads Swiss Watchmaking Italian Rinascimento further reimagining Jewelry watches and Grandes complications
“Fusing Italian design with extraordinary Swiss engineering is about creating masterpieces constituting enduring legends.”
- Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of BVLGARI
With the launch of the Pre-Basel 2019 collection in Geneva this coming January, one theme rises above the rest: BVLGARI more than ever leads a deep Rinascimento of Swiss Watchmaking with daring innovations combining bold Italian design and complex Swiss mechanical and horological craftsmanship epitomized by the new Divas’ Dream Finissima Minute Repeater and the new Octo Grande Sonnerie.
The Roman jeweler celebrating its 135 years in 2019 and known for its artistry and craftsmanship in jewelry watches since 1918 proposes this year an extraordinary cocktail of news on Diva, Serpenti, Lvcea and Octo, the Maison 4 main watch icons which have been leading BVLGARI Horlogerie superior growth since one decade.
The Pre-Basel jewelry watches are the pinnacle of this unique heritage. The masterpiece is the new Diva Finissima Minute Repeater blending the jeweler’s touch with the finest of Grande complication watchmaking. It is set with diamonds around the deep aventurine dial, detailed with a fan-shaped Divas’ Dream charm acting as the minute repeater lever, and also covered in diamond pavé. Diva Finissima is the thinnest ever Minute Repeater lady’s movement.
Divas’ Dream proposes also an unexpected and colorful “métier d’art” with a jewelry watch set with a real peacock feather on its face—perhaps the greatest example of BVLGARI’s devotion to unexpected materials and vivid colors. Two new Lvcea Skeleton watches bring together some of BVLGARI’s most iconic design codes. One is set on a Tubogas bracelet, with a rose gold bezel, pink cabochon cut gemstone and diamonds. The other Lvcea Skeleton comprises a white gold case set with sapphires and diamonds around the bezel. Serpenti proposes a new Spiga execution artfully blending rose gold and brown ceramics, with a metallic finishing. This positions the snake Brand icon as a 21st century contemporary although timeless watch.
On the men side, Octo symbolizes the ultimate expression of BVLGARI’s expertise and innovative quest. BVLGARI Swiss workshops have produced sophisticated chiming mechanisms since 1994. Determined to bring the art of the Haute Horlogerie resolutely into the 21st century, the Octo Grande Sonnerie elevates the concept of style with substance to new heights. Behind the futuristic lines of the specific Octo case and dial is the culmination of centuries of watchmaking as 827 individually hand crafted components come together in perfect synchronicity to offer a Grande and Petite Sonnerie function, a minute repeater and tourbillon. Besides the Grande Sonnerie, BVLGARI’s distinctive style once again harnesses the power of Italian design with a focus on unique shapes and materials such as the new Octo Tourbillon Automatic fully dressed in Carbon: simply 48 grams of esthetic pleasure on the wrist. The thinnest ever automatic carbon watch!
SERPENTI TUBOGAS 103150
Quartz movement. 35 mm steel curved case with 18 kt rose gold bezel set with diamonds. 18 kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut rubellite. Paved dial. Single-spiral steel and rose gold bracelet.
SERPENTI SPIGA 103060
Quartz movement. 35 mm brown ceramic with special metallized treatment curved case with 18 kt rose gold bezel set with diamonds. 18 kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut ceramic. Brown dial. Single-spiral brown ceramic with special metallized treatment bracelet with 18 kt rose gold elements.
DIVAS’ DREAM PEACOCK 103139
Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding. BVL 191 caliber. 37 mm 18 kt rose gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and a 18 kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut rubellite. 18 kt rose gold link set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Dial made of a natural peacock feather. Taupe alligator strap with an 18 kt rose gold ardillon buckle. Water resistant to 30 metres
DIVAS’ DREAM FINISSIMA MINUTE REPEATER 103138
Manufacture extra-thin mechanical movement with a minute repeater function with two hammers (manual winding), world’s thinnest minute repeater, BVL 362 caliber. 37 mm 18 kt white gold case and petals fully snow-set with round-cut diamonds. Transparent back. 18 kt white gold crown set with a facetted diamond. Blue aventurine dial set with nine diamond indexes and an off-centered seconds counter. Shiny blue alligator strap with a 18 kt white gold 3-blade folding buckle set with brilliant cut diamonds. Limited edition of 10 pieces.
LVCEA SKELETON 103091
In-house mechanical movement with automatic winding and skeleton execution. 33 mm 18 kt white gold case set with round brilliant-cut sapphires on the bezel. 18 kt white gold crown set with a sapphire and diamond. Open work BVLGARI logo dial set with diamonds. Blue alligator strap.
OCTO L’ORIGINALE CHRONOGRAPH 103075
Mechanical manufacture high-frequency chronograph with silicon escapement, automatic winding and date. Calibre BVL 328 Velocissimo caliber decorated with perlage, Côtes de Genève and chamfering finishing. 50 hours power reserve. 41mm sandblasted steel case treated with DLC, 18kt rose gold octagon. 18kt rose gold crown, transparent back case. Anthracite dial with 18kt rose gold hand-applied indexes. Integrated rubber strap treated with black DLC. Water-resistant up to 100 metres.
OCTO ROMA 103084
Mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding and date. BVL 191 - Solotempo caliber decorated with Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing. 42 hours power reserve. 41 mm steel case with transparent case back. Steel crown set with ceramic. Black dial with hand-applied indexes. Black alligator strap with steel ardillon buckle. Water-resistant up to 50 metres.
OCTO ROMA 103083
Mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding and date. BVL 191 - Solotempo caliber decorated with Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing. 42 hours power reserve. 41 mm steel case with 18 kt rose gold octagon and transparent case back. 18 kt rose gold crown set with ceramic. Anthracite dial with hand-applied indexes. Steel bracelet with folding clasp. Water-resistant up to 50 metres.
OCTO GRANDE SONNERIE 102865
Manufacture mechanical movement with tourbillon, Grande & Petite sonnerie and minute repeater. BVL 703 Caliber with automatic winding. 44 mm 18 kt rose gold case with titanium middle case and transparent case back. Skeletonized dial with rose gold indexes and hands. Rubberized black alligator strap with 18 kt rose gold folding clasp.
Total precious metal weight: 96.95 gr
OCTO FINISSIMO TB CARBON 103072
Manufacture mechanical skeleton movement with automatic winding, world’s thinnest tourbillon caliber BVL 288 with ultra-thin flying tourbillon and with specific ball-bearings system (1.95 mm thin)
High end finishing. 52 hours power reserve. 42 mm ultra-thin carbon CTP case with transparent case back. Skeletonized dial with black finishing. Carbon bracelet with 3 blades folding buckle.
LIMITED EDITION OF 50 PIECES
Part of the LVMH Group, BVLGARI was originally founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewellery shop. Quickly establishing a reputation for Italian excellence, exquisite craftsmanship and magnificent jewellery creations, the company’s international success has evolved it to become a diversified House of luxury. Ranging from fine jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes, BVLGARI today has also established boutiques and hotels in the world’s most exclusive areas.