An opulent marriage of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie, Bvlgari’s colossally advanced Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie is embellished with sufficient gem stones to pave a Roman highway. Geared up with a four-gong Westminster chime with computerized winding regulated by a tourbillon, this spectacular Grande et Petite Sonnerie is Bvlgari’s most advanced timepiece up to now. Assembled over 9 months by one grasp watchmaker, it is not going to come as a shock that it is a distinctive piece. As one of many few watchmakers able to producing a Grande Sonnerie mechanism that sounds the time “au passage” Bvlgari provides its voluptuous Italian contact with a surprising excessive jewelry setting of vivid inexperienced Zambian emeralds and diamonds.
Chiming issues, in all their modalities, will not be new to Bvlgari. Though new generations will probably be extra acquainted with the record-breaking 2016 Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater or the gorgeous Diva Finissima Minute Repeater, Bvlgari couldn’t have pulled off this technical feat with out the expertise it had acquired with Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta, two heavyweight names in high-end watchmaking that the model acquired in 2000. Fashions just like the 2011 Bvlgari Daniel Roth Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetual and the Gerald Genta Grande Sonnerie Magsonic paved the best way for Bvlgari’s incursion into the demanding world of chiming watches.
Mastering the complete vary of chiming timepieces – 2, 3, and 4 hammers – the newest chiming marvel to emerge from Bvlgari’s Swiss manufacture is the Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie. Fitted with grande and petite sonnerie with Westminster carillon hanging on 4 gongs and computerized winding regulated by a tourbillon, the watch’s motion is indebted to an earlier 800-component Grande Sonnerie wristwatch made by Gerald Genta in 1994 thought-about essentially the most difficult watch on the earth at the moment.
The Versatile Octo Roma case
Opposite to prevailing opinion, the Octo was not a Gerald Genta creation: the Octo was conceived in Bvlgari’s Roman design division in 2004. Its daring octagonal profile, emulating architectural and ornamental motifs of Historic Rome, has turn into the long-lasting profile of Bvlgari’s males’s watches and the departure level for the model’s record-breaking ultra-thin Octo Finissimo assortment. With its huge proportions, the Octo Roma can accommodate a number of issues and has a chameleonic potential to vary character. Simply take a look at the darkish, up to date temper of this Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon in comparison with the openworked Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire Malachite or the classical Octo Roma Monete Skeleton Tourbillon with an historical Roman coin in comparison with the over-the-top openworked Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar of 2019 designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the primary Grande Sonnerie by Gerald Genta in 1994.
Bvlgari’s fame as a consummate jeweller with a penchant for vivid, daring colors and enormous stones is in full power right here. The spectacular 44mm x 15.42mm white gold case is blanketed in baguette-cut diamonds and vivid inexperienced baguette-cut Zambian emeralds on the bezel. As a substitute of being set contained in the white gold bezel, the emeralds are positioned on high of the bezel with the intention to see the tops and sides of the stones. Setting gem stones in an octagonal form requires consummate ability, and even the floor and sides of the angular, sloping lugs are encrusted with diamonds. The octagonal crown can be set with diamonds and its tip with a big rose-cut diamond. With no signal of any supporting construction, I’m guessing that the stones have been invisibly set. The central pusher on the left facet of the case with baguette-cut diamonds inside is to activate the minute repeater; the one labelled with the letter G is for the Grande Sonnerie and the S to silence the chimes.
The dial can be set with diamonds of various sizes emanating from the centre and rising in dimension as they attain the periphery. Two semi-circular buildings at 1 and 4 o’clock point out the facility reserve of the chiming mechanism (24 hours in Grande Sonnerie mode) and the facility reserve of the watch. The outermost observe options minute markers and hosts the lengthy inexperienced hour markers and the 2 inexperienced Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock, that are indicated by the openworked inexperienced hour and minute arms.
Calibre BVL 703
Below the bejewelled exterior of Bvlgari’s Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie lies Bvlgari’s mechanical tourbillon-regulated computerized BVL 703 calibre with Grande and Petite Sonnerie, a 4-hammer Westminster chime, minute repeater and an influence reserve indicator for the hanging mechanism. The 732 particular person parts are organized in an area of 31.50mm x 8.77mm. The massive openworked rotor with straight Geneva stripes could be seen via the sapphire caseback providing a glimpse of the tourbillon regulator.
The spectacular Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie 103553 is introduced on a vibrant inexperienced alligator strap to match the emeralds within the bezel with a white gold folding clasp set with 4 rows of baguette-cut diamonds. The Bvlgari Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie is a singular piece, and the worth is EUR 1,600,000.
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