A sacred reptile in the watch collections of the Roman brand since the 1940s, the snake is shedding its skin this year to become a new pet entwining its flexible body around a woman’s wrist anytime day or night.

bvlgari serpenti seduttori kitA formidable and feared animal for some people, sparking admiration for others, the snake has made its presence known through its perfect aesthetics in the life of humans since the dawn of time. This sacred reptile, highly symbolic for embodying wisdom and rebirth, has represented a sort of totem for Bvlgari since the 1940s. It was during this period that the Roman jeweler tamed it into one of its watches. The snake’s triangular head contains the dial while its body entwines the wrist with flexible rings (Tubogas), a precious cuff or leather spirals. In 2019, this animal is shedding its skin to become a stunning new watch: the so-called Serpenti Seduttori.

bvlgari serpenti seduttori closeup diamondClassic without being conventional, the Serpenti Seduttori takes on the spirit of its predecessors with a drop-shaped case, with a comfortable ergonomic diameter of 33 mm which highlights a rounded bezel in polished metal or set with 38 brilliant-cut diamonds depending on the chosen version. Water resistant up to 30 m, the case is equipped with a crown topped with a ruby, rubellite or blue sapphire cabochon, and is available in rose, yellow or white gold or steel, containing a quartz movement. This powers the sword hour and minute hands which pass over baton index markers and the Roman numerals 6 and 12 on the silver-plated opalescent or diamond-encrusted dial.

bvlgari serpenti seduttori closeup profileA veritable masterpiece, the strap of this new Bvlgari is as soft and supple as the body of the reptile which inspired it. Formed of scales created from gold or steel hexagonal links, it is discrete against the skin yet illuminates the wrist.

Price: 4,650 CHF (steel) – 22,800 CHF (rose gold) – 27,100 CHF (rose or yellow gold with set bezel) – 29,100 CHF (white gold with set bezel)

By Sharmila Bertin