As probably the most influential artists of the Eighties, Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama is greatest identified for his sensible, hyper-feminized depictions of robots rendered in a gleaming chrome, Buck Rogers-esque Streamline Moderne type. Outdoors of his illustrated work, nonetheless, Sorayama has a protracted historical past of design work, partnering with Sony on the well-known AIBO line of robotic luxurious toy canines, and collaborating with manufacturers starting from Marc Ecko and Nike to Lucasfilm. Bulgari is the newest marque to accomplice with the Japanese artist, filtering the fan-favorite Aluminium line by means of Sorayama’s uniquely sensual, prewar sci-fi lens. The brand new limited-production Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version brings a handsomely streamlined, mechanically impressed new look to the model’s sporty neo-retro collection.
By and huge, the 40mm-wide aluminum and rubber case of the Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version is carried over from its common manufacturing stablemates. The road’s distinctive connected cylindrical lug meeting is totally intact right here, as are the tightly packaged brushed aluminum case sides and diminutive squared crown guards. The pillbox crown itself returns to its normal matte black DLC titanium type after a quick hiatus for the latest Aluminium GMT, with a method that visually ties it successfully to the broad engraved rubberized bezel in photographs. Bulgari suits this acquainted case type with a black DLC-coated titanium caseback, that includes a broad engraved rendition of Sorayama’s futuristic rounded brand. As with the usual Aluminium, this new mannequin provides a good 100 meters of water resistance.
The Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version’s dial is by far its standout characteristic and provides probably the most hanging kinds within the collection to this point. The whole dial floor is rendered in naked steel perlage, resulting in a blinding look in photographs that Sorayama claims is supposed to evoke the equally engine-turned fuselage of the Spirit of St. Louis airplane utilized by Charles Lindbergh to fly throughout the Atlantic Ocean. This dynamic and detailed floor contrasts sharply with the polished utilized indices and matching pointed baton handset however ought to result in a extremely reflective look on the wrist that will trigger legibility hiccups at sure angles. At 2 o’clock, Bulgari replaces the lengthy rectangular utilized index with an outsized utilized Arabic numeral. This asymmetrical addition has turn into one thing of a recurring theme within the Aluminium line, with distinctive mismatched Arabic numerals additionally showing on the latest Aluminium Chronograph Ducati Particular Version, and right here this love-it-or-hate-it accent is a nod to Sorayama’s fortunate quantity, two. Sorayama branding can also be laser-engraved into the dial floor at 6 o’clock, including much more visible depth to the design in photographs. With an already asymmetrical format, although, the cutout date window at 3 o’clock does come off as considerably unbalanced in preliminary photographs.
Bulgari powers the Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version with the in-house BVL 191 automated motion. Apparently, whereas earlier three-hand iterations of the Aluminium line have opted for the ETA-based B77, Bulgari claims this new mannequin makes use of the extra upscale BVL 191, though each actions provide similar efficiency with 42-hour energy reserves at 28,800 bph beat charges. Bulgari pairs the Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version with the Aluminium line’s signature hybrid semi-integrated aluminum bracelet/rubber strap. This offbeat, multi-material strap pairing has been an Aluminium collection hallmark for the reason that line’s preliminary introduction in 1998, and its signed hyperlinks assist to offer the Aluminium its immediately recognizable profile in photographs.
With a streamlined, retro-futuristic dial remedy paired with one of many model’s most distinctive silhouettes, the limited-run Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version provides probably the most dramatic and crowd pleasing iterations of the collection to this point. Only one,000 examples of the Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Particular Version shall be made, and the watch is out there now by means of licensed sellers. MSRP for this mannequin was not obtainable as of press time. For extra particulars, please go to the model’s web site.