Presented at the same time as the two new Bulgari Maserati models, it would have been easy to overlook the two new Lucea Mosaic timepieces.
Except for the light dazzling my eyes…
The Roman Empire was the height of the artistry of mosaic, and Italy and Switzerland have many incredibly preserved examples of this complex and vibrant art form.
Now, Bulgari has added mosaic metier d’art, this most Roman of art forms, to its Lucea collection. The name Lucia means “light,” and these new Mosaic timepieces demonstrate amazing craftsmanship as each of the 700 gold squares on the dial are placed by hand on individual grains of sand so that the squares catch and reflect the light in incredible ways.
Individual grains of sand? Really?
Taken directly from Bulgari’s Lucea Mosaic press release: “But just how does one place 0.84mm of gold in a slanting position? Here too, the technique stems from extreme artisanship: beneath each of the precious metal tiles lies a…grain of sand that serves to achieve the slightly oblique position. Once in place, the 700 mirror-polished gold fragments form a surface which, when caressed, reveals infinitely small bumps that serve to generate the desired shimmer. Needless to say, after two days of work, each of the dials is absolutely unique.”
And the effect is stunning, with the timepieces, one in 18K pink gold and the other in 18K white gold, catching the light and reflecting it back from all angles. Mesmerizing and incredibly beautiful.
The new Lucea Mosaic are not limited editions, but they are certainly limited production, as it takes two painstaking days to create each timepiece.
Powered by an automatic Bulgari movement, these 33mm timepieces are also adorned with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds, (1.79ct) on the bezel and lugs, and they come on a brown or black galuchat strap.
“We thought that celebrating Lucea through the Roman art of mosaic was a way to enhance the Lucea,” says Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO, Bulgari. “Each and every single dial is cut and assembled manually, which I really love. We start delivering the Lucea Mosaic watches in October.”
Though I was invited to the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva to see the new Bulgari Octo Maserati timepieces, the Lucea Mosaic was certainly a surprise and delight, and further proof of Bulgari’s commitment to risk-taking and innovation.