Bulgari’s most successful ladies’ watches and jewellery recently have been the Serpenti Collection. The seductive coils around the wrist and forearm struck a chord with clients as the Serpenti Tubogas watches memerised each onlooker.
Serpenti Incantati (Enchanted Snakes) sparks off a new enchantment with this mystical animal symbol. Whereas previously wrapped around the wrist, the snake now coils around the watch case for the first time.
SERPENTI INCANTATI SKELETON TOURBILLON WATCH
Top-of-the-range are the two versions of Serpenti Incantati Skeleton Tourbillon in 41mm diameter 18kt pink or white gold cases. Pink gold: set with 209 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.15 cts) and 2 rubellites (~1.9 ct); White gold: set with 228 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.15 cts) and 1 sapphire (~0.15 ct).
The band is fitted with a 18kt pink or white gold folding clasp; Pink gold: clasp set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.28 ct); White gold: clasp set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds: (~0.28 ct).
The BVL Calibre 208, mechanical, hand-wound, skeleton-worked, complicated, tourbillon movement framed by the coiled snake is a graceful work of art. The mainplate and bridges are actually made of either pink or white gold, with hand polished bevels and rims. The steel parts are hand decorated with circular graining and snail patterns.
They are pretty exclusive with a 50-piece limited edition for the pink gold version and 30-piece limited edition for the white gold version.
SERPENTI INCANTATI JEWELLERY WATCH
Being both a jeweller and watchmaker, Bulgari marries Haute Horlogerie and High Jewellery. The snake’s head and body were re-designed with soft and stylised lines.
Without the complicated movement, the Serpenti Incantati can also be found as a dainty jewellery watch, with four variations – a rubellite-set version with a pink gold case and satin strap or a matching jewellery bracelet; or in a diamond-set white gold variation with a satin strap or matching jewellery bracelet – all in a 30mm size.
The jeweled parts of each jewelry timepiece are crafted in the Bulgari Jewelry manufacture in Valenza or in the High Jewelry workshop in Rome. Bulgari say the location “depends on the product’s features and its preciousness”. That just means the expensive stuff is made in Rome 🙂
30mm-diameter case in 18kt pink gold set with 79 brilliant-cut diamonds (~1.38 ct), 30 baguette-cut rubellites (~1.06 ct) and 1 rubellite (~1.02 ct); dial snow-set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.26 ct); brown satin strap with 18kt pink gold pin buckle set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.33 ct).
30mm-diameter case in 18kt white gold set with 112 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.36 cts); dial snow-set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.26 ct) ; blue satin strap with 18kt white gold pin buckle set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.33 ct).
30mm-diameter case and bracelet in 18kt pink gold set with 219 brilliant-cut diamonds (~7.68 cts), 30 baguette-cut rubellites (~1.20 ct) and 1 rubellite (~1.02 ct); dial snow-set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.26 ct).
30mm-diameter case and bracelet in 18kt white gold set with 251 brilliant-cut diamonds (~8.67 cts); dial snow-set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.26 ct).
For ease of use and precision timekeeping, the watches are fitted with a Bulgari branded B033 quartz movement, adorned with the Bulgari logo.
I really like this new version of the Serpenti Incantati even though my wife collects Bulgari Tubogas jewellery. That is why “The true cost of luxury is the choice it affords”.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).