A Closer Look At Five Unexpected Discoveries In Bulgari's Barocko Collection
Bulgari unveils new high jewelry timepieces in its Barocko, Octo, and Serpenti collections that will take you back in time to the splendor and opulence of the baroque period.
You have got to hand it to Bulgari. One minute, the brand is donating millions to COVID-19 research (read our article HERE), and the next, it is unveiling the most spectacular bejeweled timepieces to cheer us up! We need beauty, dreams, and art right now, and if anyone knows how to deliver on that, it is Bulgari.
Bulgari Octo Arabesque with Extra-Thin Skeleton Tourbillon Movement
The first of the five high-end horological creations is this one-of-a-kind Octo Arabesque that belongs to the brand’s Barocko collection.
The Arabesque shape is a key form in baroque architecture. It represents the romantic eclecticism that defined the era’s churches and palaces. The 18-karat rose gold arabesque dial cover is set with fancy-cut pink sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines, round brilliant-cut emeralds, and both round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds.
The 44mm timepiece is powered by the brand’s extra-thin skeleton tourbillon movement (the world’s thinnest flying tourbillon at 1.95mm thin) and paired with an elegant green alligator leather strap.
Bulgari Lady Arabesque High-Jewelry Secret Watch
Continuing the Arabesque design, the Bulgari Lady Arabesque High-Jewelry Secret Watch is more a jewel that tells the time than a timepiece. Its exquisite setting of gorgeous oval and cushion-cut pink sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines are paired with fancy-cut and pear-shaped diamonds and a dial that is hidden by a round-cut rubellite.
Crafted in Bulgari’s high-jewelry atelier in Rome, these magnificent gemstones recreate the richly textured lace that was a hallmark of Baroque design. This spectacular 14mm bracelet watch is powered by a quartz movement and comes with a matching Lady Arabesque necklace.
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi Baroque Pearls High-Jewelry Secret Watch
This is one of the most complex pieces in the Barocko collection, requiring over 2,300 hours of work to complete and comprised of emeralds, Akoya pearls, and diamonds.
The design pays homage to the “Perla Scaramazza,” an irregular natural pearl appreciated for its unique, imperfect shape.
The Serpenti aesthetic is brought to life with alternating swirls of pavé diamonds and lines of pearls. Each gemstone is carefully selected so that the color and size match perfectly.
The 30mm timepiece is powered by a quartz movement and is completed with a rare cabochon-cut emerald of over 12 carats that hides the snow-set diamond dial.
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati Secret Watch Sapphires
The new Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati Secret Watch Sapphires in 18-karat rose gold features two linked Serpenti snakeheads, one of which houses the watch. The timepiece is embellished with over 100 carats of sapphire beads and diamonds of different shapes.
Smooth and sensual, beads have been used in Bulgari creations for decades and are a particularly apropos material for the bracelet of a snake-themed timepiece as they create an organic and fluid design that seems to wrap around the skin.
Bulgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite
The Bulgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite offers an elegant jewelry aesthetic in a men’s wristwatch using a combination of malachite and diamonds.
The stone of kings, malachite can be found in the Grand Trianon in Versailles and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. In this piece, Bulgari uses malachite sourced from the Congo, where the highest quality stones can be found.
Limited to 30 pieces, the Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite comes in a 44mm platinum case with a malachite middle case, a white gold crown, and baguette-cut diamonds. The timepiece is powered by the brand’s Caliber BVL 206 flying tourbillon white gold movement that features malachite indices.
These high-end pieces showcase Bulgari’s expertise in jewelry, watchmaking, and design, allowing us to get lost in a little baroque opulence for a moment, and doesn’t it feel good?