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A Closer Look At The New Bulgari Aluminium GMT

The 40mm GMT timepiece expands last year’s re-launched Aluminium line with a watch that’s born to travel.

By Hyla Bauer

When Bulgari launched its Aluminium watch back in 1998, the brand touted the timepiece as “the first luxury watch made of aluminum, topped with a rubber bezel.” The launch was marked with a literal takeoff – a larger-than-life watch painted on an Alitalia Boeing 747, the first true jumbo jet with two aisles.

Now, with the world slowly opening again for air travel (fingers crossed it stays that way), Bulgari is introducing a bold, colorful GMT timepiece to its modern Aluminium collection, and it’s ready for takeoff.

The Same, but Different

The new Aluminium GMT has many of the same design features that characterized last year’s re-launched watches – an aluminum and rubber strap and rubber bezel stamped “BVLGARI.” However, this watch has a GMT complication perfect for intrepid travelers wanting to track a second time zone. Plus, it has a strap and bezel featuring a rich shade of blue.

The additional time zone is denoted by a 24-hour scale on the outside of the dial, with the lower half having a red background and the upper half a blue background. In addition to the three hands tracking seconds, minutes, and hours, a fourth, red-tipped arrow hand indicates the hour of the second time zone.

Moreover, this latest addition to the Bvlgari Aluminium family features a date aperture at 3 o’clock and Super-LumiNova-coated hour markers and hands, a glow-in-the-dark feature that comes in handy in dark airplane cabins.

In 1998, the Aluminium GMT could have been found on the iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, which is now being retired. Today, the Aluminium GMT can most likely be found on a Boeing 777 or Airbus A380.

One Size Fits Most

Like its siblings introduced last year, the Aluminium GMT has a 40mm case designed to fit almost all wrist sizes. The bracelet is designed for a more ergonomic fit, again enhancing versatility to accommodate both smaller and larger wrist circumferences. While the original Bulgari Aluminium watches featured quartz movements, the new collection all boast in-house mechanical calibres.

The new GMT, powered by the calibre B192 automatic movement, has a power reserve of 42 hours and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The watch’s caseback is crafted of titanium with a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. The settings for the seconds, minutes, hours, and GMT hands, along with the date, are all operated through the watch’s single crown. 

Ready to Roll

Finally, the icing on the proverbial cake: The Aluminium GMT may be more attainable, price-wise, than would be expected for a Bulgari timepiece. Priced at $3,500, it’s likely to fly off retailers’ shelves and onto its owners’ wrists, ready for takeoff. 

For more information, visit Bulgari’s website.

(Photography by Pierre Vogel)

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