The launch of the Octo Finissimo assortment in 2014 was a defining second within the historical past of Bvlgari watches. Topping one file after the opposite for seven consecutive years, the model turned the grasp of ultra-slim actions and redefined the aesthetic of the posh sports activities watch in a particular, fashionable and trendy design language. After exploring the bounds of ultra-thin mechanical watchmaking, Bvlgari now units its eyes on ultra-small with Piccolissimo. With it, the Roman model opens new territories of expression for its female watches, specifically, the emblematic Serpenti Assortment.
There’s nothing incorrect with quartz actions. Quartz is extra exact, doesn’t require common winding, and tends to be much less fragile general. However, for many individuals in search of high-end handcrafted watches, a mechanical motion appears to be the popular alternative. Though quartz is usually the one choice for small girls’ watches, there’s a actual want and demand for well-crafted mechanical watches. And since Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie are about distinctive craftsmanship, these two worlds can (and can) stay collectively even on this planet of compact fashions.
Nonetheless, there aren’t many ultra-small mechanical actions in the marketplace right now. There’s, in fact, the tiny, hand-wound JLC 101 calibre measuring 14mm in size, lower than 5mm large and weighing barely one gram. Then there may be Blancpain, which created the Ladybird R550 within the Fifties (11.85mm in diameter), powered by the spherical cal. 615 (15.70mm) and the oblong cal. 510 (12mm x 25.2mm). Le Temps Manufactures (LTM) in Fleurier has a the LTM1000 with dimensions of 9mm x 21mm. Given the shortage of small mechanical actions, Bvlgari determined to create its personal ultra-compact mechanical motion to energy its smallest watches.
The Bvlgari Piccolissimo Calibre BVL 100 is a spherical motion with a 12mm diameter, a thickness of two.50mm and a weight of simply 1.30 grams. As you may see, it’s actually small… and seeing it within the steel is much more placing.
As you’d anticipate, growing such a small motion is not any small problem however the experience constructed up through the years with Finissimo was instrumental for the Bvlgari groups. Miniaturisation is the secret, and tolerances have to be lowered to minimal ranges. Specifically, it requires ultra-precise lamination for the mainspring and the hairspring. The slightest variations of the spring profile have an effect on the watch efficiency.
Embarking within the growth of the challenge, the Bvlgari group wished a stability wheel with good inertia regardless of the lowered measurement of the motion. Subsequently, the stability wheel is made in gray gold and is 5.40mm in diameter. The next inertia means higher price stability. However as with different engineering points, it comes with tradeoffs, and you want to discover the very best appropriate compromise.
The normal development of the motion has just a few tweaks. As an example, the development required a lateral anchor to avoid wasting house. But, essentially the most seen specificity pertains to the unique winding and time setting mechanism. The Calibre BVL 100 doesn’t function a stem as all settings are carried out through its again. On both aspect of the crown wheel (with a sq. bolt) are superimposed wheels with planetary gears designed to lock in a single course (to wind the watch or set the time) and permit free rotation within the different course.
The Bvlgari Piccolissimo Calibre BVL 100 now makes its debut within the iconic Serpenti Misteriosi excessive jewelry assortment. For extra info, you may watch our video about these new watches right here or go to www.bulgari.com.
Technical Specs: 12mm diameter x 2.5mm peak – 102 parts together with 21 jewels – 1.30 grams in whole – 21,600 vibrations/hour – 30-hour energy reserve – hours and minutes