Bulgari Dazzles at Magnifica with High Jewellery WatchesBy Felix Scholz
In a celebration of Italian magnificence, Bulgari takes the stage in Milan to seduce with Magnifica, its high jewellery collection, with an accompanying performance from the legendary Andrea Bocelli, conducted by Beatrice Venezia, some of Bulgari’s most stunning creations will make their international debut. On show are necklaces like the phenomenal Imperial Spinel (featuring a 131.21-carat spinel), and the Mediterranean Queen, with five exceptional Paraiba tourmalines, weighing in at over 500 carats.
Of course, watches are part of the spectacle as well, with the stunning Ruby Metamorphosis – a unique secret watch where the dial is hidden behind a 6.3 carat antique cushion-cut Mozambique ruby – being the star. There are also other exceptional timepieces on show like the Celestial Sky, featuring Sri-Lankan sapphires, and the Diamond Swan, celebrating the spirit of Art Deco with Diamonds.
Magnifica also provides an opportunity for Bulgari to announce a state-of-the-art approach to customised timepieces: Octo Roma Naturalia. Through the state-of-the-art application Maestria, lovers of Bulgari will, with the assistance of Bulgari’s sales associates, be able to walk through the creation of their own tailored timepiece, personalising details such as stone, case material, setting and engraving.
For its debut, Bulgari has announced three models of Octo Roma Naturalia, in black onyx, lapis lazuli and malachite. These natural stone Octo Roma’s pose a challenge. Natural stones are difficult to work with; grain and colour must be appropriate, and all the elements must come from a single block of stone. From stone selection to finished assembly takes two months and is only possible thanks to Bulgari’s unique abilities as both jeweller and watchmaker.
What’s most exciting is that the three models initially presented are just the beginning, Maestria ensures that even the wildest watchmaking visions can become a reality.
Octo Roma Naturalia Onyx 103487
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement with tourbillon, BVL 206, with manual winding decorated with black onyx (thin slide in-between the skeletonized components and indexes on top of the caliber’s bridges)
Case & Dial: 44 mm sandblasted titanium with black DLC treatment case and crown; transparent caseback; Bezel set with baguette-cut onyx; middle case in black onyx
Strap: Black alligator strap with titanium folding buckle with black DLC treatment
Octo Roma Naturalia Malachite 103462
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement with tourbillon, BVL 206, with manual winding decorated with malachite (thin slide in-between the skeletonized components, and indexes on top of the caliber’s bridges)
Case & Dial: 44 mm satin-polished rose gold case and crown, transparent caseback; Middle case in malachite
Strap: Green alligator strap with rose gold folding buckle
Octo Roma Naturalia Lapis Lazuli 103488
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement with tourbillon, BVL 206, with manual winding decorated with lapis lazuli (thin slide in-between the skeletonized components, and indexes on top of the caliber’s bridges)
Case & Dial: 44 mm satin-polished platinum case, white gold crown, transparent caseback; Bezel and lugs set with baguette-cut diamonds; Middle case in lapis lazuli
Strap: Blue alligator strap with platinum folding buckle set with baguette-cut diamonds