Academy Awards Weekend in Los Angeles
We had the privilege to host two clients in Los Angeles at the annual Elton John 2018 Oscars Party. The evening was kicked off with an elegant Bulgari welcome dinner with Daniel Paltridge and viewing of the latest High Jewelry pieces by Bulgari at Beverly Hills Hotel.
In 2017 Bulgari launched extensive customization program for its recently refreshed Serpenti line. The new models are fitted with a quick-change strap system and prices start at a very conservative $3,850, but most notably, clients will be able to use an online configurator and complete their transaction through the brand’s website. Once purchased, the watches are sent to the nearest Bulgari boutique for pickup—a process Bulgari has implemented to preserve the intimate interpersonal experience that comes with a proper luxury shopping experience. Each of the Serpenti Twist models comes with a second, complimentary interchangeable strap; We have just received new colors and fun sexy straps.
Email Elina or call 347.880.1244 to purchase your Serpenti Twist.
The ultimate symbol of two hearts united, a beautiful bridal ring that complements your engagement ring. And to bring the fairytale to life, consider an ensemble of necklace and earrings to complete the Bulgari heirloom rings ... consider these beautiful jewelry designs from Bulgari.
Bulgari offers a wide range of designs to compliment your wedding rings, from classic accompaniment to gorgeous embellishment, designed to suit different tastes and to celebrate love.
Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea. A perfect birthstone for March, the Aquamarine creates a beautiful accent to spring and summer wardrobes.
The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.
Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Like emeralds, this gemstone is actually a variety of a mineral called beryl. Large stones have been found all over the world, including one stone found in Brazil that weighed over 240 pounds. Aquamarine grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to a foot long, making it a great gem to be cut and polished in larger carats for statement pieces.
Not only is aquamarine one of the March birthstones, it’s also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries. It’s a beautiful stone with little or no yellow in it, so it looks great in many settings with different colored metals and gemstones.
This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene blue or blue-green color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.
In the Middle Ages, many believed that the simple act of wearing aquamarine was a literal antidote to poisoning. The Romans believed that if you carved a frog into a piece of aquamarine jewelry, it would help to reconcile differences between enemies and make new friends.
Still, other historical groups took this lore even further, using aquamarine as gifts to the bride at a wedding in order to symbolize long unity and love. Some even believed it could re-awaken love between two people.
The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews all admired aquamarine, and many warriors would wear it into battle to bring about victory. Many ancient medicines used powder from aquamarine to help cure all manner of infection, but it was said to be particularly good for eye ailments.
The stone is also considered to be a great addition to mental health and is used widely as a symbol in Tarot as well as a meditation aid and is said to help one cultivate more inner tranquility. It is also considered by some to be a great aligner of the spiritual and the physical, for those who feel out of harmony or alignment with oneself.
No matter how you use aquamarine—either as a piece of jewelry or as an aid in a spiritual journey—its cool, tranquil color is the perfect complement to any skin tone or setting.
We are excited for Benoit's announcement of the record breaking new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic - the world’s thinnest watch at 3.95MM and breaking three world's records!
Watch the video here from the recent announcement at Baselworld 2018.
You're looking at a watch that simultaneously breaks three world's records. It's the world's thinnest automatic watch, it's the world's thinnest automatic tourbillon, and it's the world's thinnest tourbillon, period. One of these records was until now held by Bulgari itself, one was established by Audemars Piguet in 1986, and the other was established by Piaget at the 2017 SIHH; all three records are now held by a single watch, which moreover is not a prototype or concept watch – it will be available as a regular production model.
I have to admit that this was a somewhat unexpected development, to put it mildly. A watch this thin is obviously a tremendous technical achievement, and all the more so because this isn't a one-off; instead, it is intended to be worn and to stand up to the rigors of daily use. It's often little appreciated just what a gap there is between showing a kinda-sorta-working prototype and a fully homologated, street-ready wristwatch but it's a big one, and bigger still when you're talking about complicated watches. The new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is powered by the new caliber BVL 288, a self-winding flying tourbillon movement only 1.95mm thick – and the entire watch is a mere 3.95mm thick overall, which would sound absurd if it weren't also perfectly true.
Bulgari, in this case, had a solid starting point: their Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, and its 1.95mm thick caliber BVL 268. That watch set a new record for ultra-thin tourbillons in 2014, which went unchallenged until now; the hand-wound Octo Finissimo tourbillon is, overall, just 5mm thick. This is considerably thinner than any other tourbillon in production today – the previous record holder was the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377, which is 7mm thick overall, and which uses a peripheral rotor.
The record for thinnest self-winding watch was formerly held by the Piaget Altiplano Automatic with caliber 910P, which came out in 2017. The entire watch is just 4.30mm thick, and uses the back of the watch case itself as the movement baseplate. This is the same engineering solution that was first used in 1986 by Audemars Piguet, for its reference 25643BA, which similarly used the case back for the automatic caliber 2870. Of course, Bvlgari still held the record for the thinnest self-winding watch with a conventional movement – the Octo Finissimo Automatique, from 2017, which is 5.15mm thick, with the 2.23mm thick BVL 138. This is a micro-rotor caliber; the record for thinnest full-rotor automatic is still held to this day by the Audemars Piguet caliber 2120, at 2.45mm.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo caliber BVL 288, front, with ball-bearing supported flying tourbillon. The pusher at 4:00 is part of a safety system that allows you to use the crown for setting the time; this is necessary because the movement is so flat that the stem lies in the same plane as the peripheral rotor.
The reference 25643BA from AP is a remarkable achievement. Back in 1986, its design was revolutionary (and in an interesting twist, actually borrowed from an ultra-thin quartz watch). It was overall just 4.8mm thick. It used a hammer winding system; the hammer swung through an arc, rather than a full circle. This record – for the thinnest automatic tourbillon ever (it was also the first automatic tourbillon, by the way) was unbroken until now – an amazing run of 32 years.
So what we've got here is the world's thinnest automatic tourbillon, thinnest tourbillon of any kind, and thinnest automatic wristwatch of any kind. And this time, there are no caveats of the "in current production" variety – in every category, this is the thinnest watch of that category ever made.
The caseback aperture reflects the doorway of the Bulgari Via Condotti boutique in Rome. A fully transparent caseback would have been fantastic, but would not have been consistent with producing a sufficiently rigid case.
Now, this naturally raises the question of what records remain to be broken. Well, the thinnest watch with a conventionally designed movement, for one; that's still held by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the 3.6mm thick overall Master Ultra Thin Squelette. The record for thinnest full rotor automatic still stands, and has since 1967: the AP caliber 2120, at 2.45mm thick. And the record for thinnest automatic movement, and thinnest hand wound movement, to ever go into regular production is still held by the Jean Lasalle calibers 1200 (hand wound, 1.2mm) and calibers 2000 (micro-rotor, 2.0mm). About the latter, there are reservations one could express; they were notoriously unreliable and "servicing" in the case of those movements was more or less synonymous with "discarding for a new one." However, technically, their records still stand. And the thinnest mechanical watch ever? That record is still held by the Piaget Ultimate Concept– though again, that is not a piece for sale, but rather, a concept watch.
The caliber BVL 288 shares a lot of the construction of the original caliber BVL 268 but clearly, there is a lot more to what we have here than just the addition of an automatic winding system. We'll be getting much more deeply into the technical side of the differences between the two calibers and the two watches, but for now there's no doubt that on a lot of levels, there's a new sheriff in town.
Model: Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
Case Material: Sandblasted titanium
Dial: Skeletonized open dial
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Sandblasted titanium bracelet with triple folding clasp
Caliber: BVL 288
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Winding: Automatic with peripheral rotor
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Pricing & Availability
Limited Edition: 50 pieces