BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Bvlgari recently showcased the new Bvlgari Aluminum collection as a part of its 2020 novelties released during the recently concluded Geneva watch days event. The collection comprises three references that represent the modern reincarnation of the brand’s aluminum watches from 1998 and present a nice point of entry into the Bvlgari universe. The First generation Bvlgari aluminum watches were fashionable and innovative sports watches.
They were distinctly Bvlgari and featured Bvlgari embossed bezels, were crafted using a mix of lightweight aluminum and rubber, and were powered by high-quality quartz movements. The new Bvlgari Aluminum collection keeps the design DNA of the previous generation intact but brings forth a few noteworthy updates. First and foremost is the case size.
While the older Bvlgari Aluminium watches were offered in a wide variety of sizes ranging from 29mm to 44mm, the new watches would be made available only in a 40mm case that would still be made of aluminum and rubber. On top of being moderately sized, the integrated lug structure has also been tweaked a little to ensure that the watch sits comfortably on the wrist. The second biggest change comes in the form of the movements. The first-generation Aluminum watches were powered by quartz movements to offer precision and keep the price in check. The new watches now get Swiss mechanical hearts to make them more desirable within the enthusiast community. Let’s look at the individual models now.
Bvlgari Aluminum Three-hand
The basic three-hand models would be offered in black and cream. Both variants are exactly similar in layout. The hour index comprises a combination of printed batons and Arabic numerals and has been presented in black on the cream versions and in white on the black version to offer maximum contrast. To complement the baton indices, the hour and minute hands have been given a pencil style shape. The second’s hand is a simple stick with a pointed tip and a circular counterbalance, both of which have been painted red to add a pop of color to the dial. There is a date window at 3 and the watches are water-resistant to 100 meters. The watches are powered by the ETA 2892 movement that offers a power reserve of 42 hours and operates at a frequency of 4 Hz. The retail price has been set at USD 2,950.
The chronograph follows the design ethos of the three-hand models but will be offered only in cream. The tri-register setup includes a running seconds counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a 30-minute counter at 9. All the counters have been presented in black making the watch offer a nice panda-style look. The handset is once again of baton-style and the tip of the chronograph seconds hand has been painted in red to offer some zing to the dial. Powering this watch is the ETA 2894 modular chronograph movement. It operates at 4Hz and offers an autonomy of around 42 hours when fully wound. The retail price has been set at USD 4,250.
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