Photo Report: Inside Nicola Bulgari's Personal Collection Of 100-Plus Vintage American Automobiles (And A Few Iconic Bulgari Timepieces)
Left to right: The Octo Ultranero Finissimo Repeater; the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater; and the Octo Finissimo Skeleton.
Why the interest with American vehicles? As a young man experiencing childhood in post-War Rome, Nicola Bulgari was enchanted with American film. The vehicles he found in those movies – enormous, “working people” Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, and Hudsons – left a permanent imprint, and would prompt a lifetime energy, and in the end, to a technician in Allentown named Keith Flickinger, who directs what today is known as the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage.
How great is the assortment? Indeed, consider that when you stroll around the compound, you’ll see the 1940 Buick Super Estate Wagon “Woody” that Bette Davis drove in Now, Voyager, the 1929 GMC yellow taxi from It’s a Wonderful Life, and the main Camaro at any point constructed, no. 00001, in 1967.
Bette Davis’ ride in “Presently, Voyager”: the 1940 Buick Estate Wagon.
The 1929 GMC yellow taxi from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The first Camaro at any point worked, in 1967: no. 00001.
Of course, there were watches close by too, featured by the new Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater – right now the world’s most slender moment repeater at 6.85 mm thick, as Jack nitty gritty here . Likewise detected, the Octo Ultranero Chrono, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, the Octo Velocissimo, and the Serpenti Tubogas, to name simply a few.
The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater – currently the world’s most slender moment repeater at 6.85 mm thick.
Fittingly, by one way or another, the occasion incorporated a screening (with a wink) of that cutting edge American masterpiece Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby on the on location, 140 x 78 ft. drive-in film screen that Mr. Bulgari as of late renovated.
It was unadulterated Americana, similarly as Nicola Bulgari likes it.
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Photos: Will Holloway