Hands-On: With The Bulgari Serpenti
Bulgari, the well-known italian jewelry company, was established in Rome in 1882 by Greek jeweler, Sotirios Voulgaris (later Romanized to Bulgari). The company proceeded to grow and was overseen by three ages of the Bulgari family prior to being acquired by LVMH in 2011. It wasn’t until the 1970s, when the company saw solid growth, that it turned into the universally perceived brand it is today.
The Serpenti is one of Bulgari’s most conspicuous plans and was first presented during the 1940s. The most punctual affirmed Serpenti arm band configuration was propelled by the “gas pipe” plan and was made in the Machine Style of the last part of the 1940s. The outcome was a wrap-around, adaptable wristband made of white, yellow, or pink gold cylindrical connections, making a flexible band that effectively slips on and off.
The Serpenti configuration didn’t become a notable piece of jewelry until Elizabeth Taylor wore one in the film Cleopatra. The snake, a noticeable image in the Bulgari brand since the 1940s, is perhaps the most antiquated and ubiquitous mythological images, and regularly addresses wisdom, rebirth, and strength.
The vintage Serpenti (or Tubogas) watches and arm bands frequently come up at closeout, and the previous examples house developments by Jaeger LeCoultre and other extraordinary Swiss producers of the time (I have even seen one that has a case planned by Gerald Genta). They are overly cool watches and are entirely collectible. The latest expansion to the Serpenti assortment is the watch highlighted here today.
The generally speaking plan has moved away from the wrap around arm band to a mechanically more straightforward single wristband that secures underneath with a push fasten. Each connection, made to address a portion of the snake’s body, is made by hand in a valuable metal (this example is in pink gold) that is either plated, or set with splendid cut precious stones. This is the first run through the wristband has been made without an inner spring, so the connections are consistently bolted together to make a constant flowing loop of metal that wraps around your wrist. The 26 mm case is as a snake’s head, and highlights a mother-of-pearl dial. The case is also set with six splendid cut diamonds.
As for the development, the newer watches utilize an in-house Swiss type B033 quartz development – a justifiable admission to the inclinations of numerous cutting edge customers when it comes to comfort and obviously, standard practice for a significant number of even the most extravagant high jewelry watches. Though a haute horlogerie movement would be a wonderful expansion, particularly as the vintage pieces utilized mechanical developments. All things considered, it is actually the staggering case and arm band plan that makes this watch unique – a viciously stunning yet at the same time female plan symbol from Bulgari.
For more information on this watch if it’s not too much trouble, visit the Bulgari website here .
Case/Bracelet: Pink Gold and Diamonds
Development: Caliber B033 Quartz
Distance across: 26 mm
Retail Price: $92,000