Bvlgari Aluminum Special Editions: Homage to Italian icons

Bvlgari Aluminum Special Editions: Homage to Italian icons

As an Italian brand, Bvlgari often draws inspiration from the long and prestigious history of their beloved country. Their iconic Serpenti, for instance, was in homage to the snake that played such important roles in Greek and Roman traditions, symbolizing vitality, good fortune, fertility and protection. The latest special edition releases are a tribute to two other great Italian legacies: the naval training ship named for the great 15th century Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci and the Ducati high performance motorcycles.

Amerigo Vespucci Boat
Amerigo Vespucci Boat

Bvlgari Aluminum GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition

The Amerigo Vespucci is a majestic full-rigged three-masted tall ship with 26 sails used as a school ship for Italian naval cadets. The ship was built in 1930 in Naples and put in service in 1931. Her hull is painted black with two large white stripes as a nod to the two gun decks of the ships after which she was designed. As a sign of respect for her namesake, her bow is adorned with a life-size figurehead of Amerigo Vespucci. She has been in service since her launch in 1931 and has sailed beyond her local European waters to North and South America, around the Pacific and even undertook a voyage around the world in 2002.

Aluminum GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition with a 40mm case made from aluminum
Aluminum GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition with a 40mm case made from aluminum

As a tribute to this beautiful ship, Bvlgari has released the Aluminum GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition timepiece. The watch was crafted with the colors of the ship and of Italy integrated into the design, with the spirit of exploration represented with the GMT function. The 40mm case is made from aluminum and has a fixed black rubber bezel featuring the iconic Bvlgari Bvlgari engraving.

The fixed black rubber bezel featuring the iconic Bvlgari Bvlgari engraving
The fixed black rubber bezel featuring the iconic Bvlgari Bvlgari engraving

The dial is black with the second time zone of the GMT function marked with a luminescent arrow- shaped hand using an outer index band that is split, with yellow indicating daytime hours and black indicating nighttime hours. The colors echo the ship’s black railings with their gilding. Yellow appears again as a rhodium- plated seconds hand and as the minute indexes for the primary 12-hour timekeeping.

The caliber BVL 192 movement, based on the Sellita SW330, has a 50-hour power reserve and a 4Hz beat rate. The caseback is black DLC-coated titanium and bears the signature “Nave Scuola Amerigo Vespucci.” The watch is presented in a mahogany box with the ship’s motto “Non chi cominicia ma quel che persevera,” which translates to “Not he who begins, but he who perseveres,” to honor not only the ship that bears Vespucci’s name, but also celebrate the perseverance that can drive a man to travel the world and set foot on shores yet to be explored.

The caseback is black DLC-coated titanium and bears the signature of Amerigo Vespucci ship
The caseback is black DLC-coated titanium and bears the signature of Amerigo Vespucci ship

Tech Specs

Bvlgari Aluminum GMT Amerigo Vespucci Special Edition Ref 103702

Movement:> Self-winding caliber BVL 192 (based on Sellita SW 330); 50-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date and GMT
Case: 40mm; aluminum with black rubber bezel and black DLC-coated titanium caseback; water-resistant to 100m
Dial: Black with yellow accents; rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and hour markers
Strap: Black rubber with aluminum links; aluminum pin buckle
Price: USD 3,950
Availability: Limited edition of 1,000 pieces


Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition

It is always exciting when two icons come together to create something special. This is definitely the case with Bvlgari’s collaboration with Ducati, resulting in the Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition. With both brands well known for their luxury sport aesthetics and mechanical prowess, the timepiece is destined to be an object of admiration and power.

Bvlgari × Ducati collaboration resulting in the Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition featuring an instantly recognizable dial in Ducati matte red color
Bvlgari × Ducati collaboration resulting in the Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition featuring an instantly recognizable dial in Ducati matte red color

Since 1946, Ducati has been building high performance motorcycles that are instantly recognizable. Held to the highest standards of quality, innovation and rider safety, the Bologna-based brand has an incredible record at motorcycle races all over the world. Their bikes have taken the championship at many prestigious races including MotoGP, Superbike World Championship, FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Formula TT and many others. Ducati has a large following of enthusiasts, referring to themselves as the Ducatisti, with clubs all over the world.

The 40mm case of the watch is aluminum with a black rubber bezel emblazoned with the ever-popular Bvlgari Bvlgari logo. The indisputable star of the show is the dynamic dial with its brilliant and instantly recognizable Ducati matte red that draws attention. The black and white colorway of the tri-compax subdials (30-minute, 12-hour and small seconds functions) and gauge-inspired red hands to create a dashboard effect reminiscent of the famous motorcycles add to an incredible visual interest. The markers at 10, 11 and 12 o’clock are replaced by large, italicized Arabic numbers like those of the Ducati bike rev counter. The hour markers, hour and minute hands are all filled with Super- LumiNova for low-light visibility. The date window at the 4:30 position is well placed, blending in with the sporty theme without distracting from the dial.

The markers at 10, 11 and 12 o’clock are replaced by large, italicized Arabic numbers like those of the Ducati bike rev counter
The markers at 10, 11 and 12 o’clock are replaced by large, italicized Arabic numbers like those of the Ducati bike rev counter

The chronograph is powered by the automatic caliber BVL 130, based on the ETA 2894 movement with a chronograph module, a 4Hz frequency and 42-hour power reserve. The caseback, in matte black DLC titanium, is etched with the Ducati shield logo. The watch is paired with the Bvlgari rubber and aluminum strap with a traditional aluminum pin buckle, aluminum links and raised Bvlgari signature.

The caseback, in matte black DLC titanium, is etched with the Ducati shield logo
The caseback, in matte black DLC titanium, is etched with the Ducati shield logo

Aggressive and beautiful, like the stylish motorcycles that inspired it, the Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition is sure to be a highly sought after piece. The model is limited to only 1,000 pieces and is delivered in an aluminum and rubber presentation box bearing the Ducati and Bvlgari signatures.

Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition
Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition

Tech Specs

Bvlgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition Ref 103701

Movement: Self-winding caliber BVL 130 (based on ETA 2894, with chronograph module); 42-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date
Case: 40mm; aluminum with black rubber bezel and black DLC-coated titanium caseback; water-resistant to 100m
Dial: Ducati matte red; Super-LumiNova filled hour markers
Strap: Black rubber with aluminum links; aluminum pin buckle
Price: USD 5,000
Availability: Limited edition of 1,000 pieces

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