bulgari solotempo


43 years after its launch, the iconic collection by the Italian watchmakers, famous for its bezel engraved with the brand’s name, has had two new colours added to its wardrobe: the golden brown reflections of bronze and deep black

The Bvlgari Bvlgari watch was first created as a gift for the Italian brand’s prized customers in 1975, 43 years ago. The watch was given such a warm welcome that in 1977 Bvlgari decided to add it to its regular catalogue and make it a collection in its own right. Over the years, the watch affectionately nicknamed “BB” has found a following among clients who like refined and timeless watches and are attracted in particular by the flat bezel inscribed with the name of the Italian brand in the style of antique coins featuring Roman emperors.

bulgari solotempo blackThis year, for the Solotempo (“Only Time”) version, Bvlgari has added two materials and original colours to the collection for a totally different result from one watch to the other. So, three new models have joined the range with intense colours, such as a warm brown bronze, and deep black steel coated with DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) and a combination of both in a highly elegant two-colour piece.

The Bvlgari Bvlgari Solotempo case is 41mm wide and includes a glass back revealing the workings of the calibre BVL 191, a self-winding movement driving the various time displays and providing a power reserve of 42 hours. Made of bronze, black steel coated with DLC or a combination of both, the metal framework naturally features the famous bezel engraved with the model’s name.

bulgari solotempo closeupThe time information is shown on a finely sanded and lacquered black dial with golden hour, minute and central seconds hands making their way around an hour rim with baton indices and slender, bronze Arabic figures for the 6 and 12. The date is shown white against a black background in a counter at 3 o’clock.

Each watch comes with a second, easy-to-change strap rounded off by a tang buckle.

Price: 3,700 CHF (black DLC-coated steel) – 4,200 CHF (black DLC-coated steel and bronze) – 5,200 CHF (bronze)

By Sharmila Bertin


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