The Bulgari Aluminium returns with a new movement and colours
The refreshed range channels a chic ’90s vibe for the summer.
When one considers Bulgari’s watch collections, what comes to mind are its gemstone-studded Serpentis or boardroom-friendly Octos. An aluminium sports watch doesn’t quite gel with the Graeco-Italian brand’s image. In fact, when the Bulgari Aluminium first emerged in 1998, it caused a sensation with its daring design, off-white dial, and bold black sub-dials. In 2020, it was relaunched as a chronograph and won the GPHG’s Iconic Watch Prize that same year.
Bulgari has refreshed the collection again this summer with a raft of new models that channel its original ’90s aesthetic, with new movements that demonstrate its technical excellence. The collection has been upgraded today with high-tech materials such as aerospace-grade 6028-aluminium alloy and FKM (fluoroelastomer) rubber – the most durable rubber used in watchmaking.
Featuring the new Calibre B381 chronograph movement and a slightly larger case size at 41mm, the new Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph comes in two striking options. The first centres around the iconic black-and-white dial, similar to the 2020 reissue. The second sports an all-black dial, adding an extra touch of sophistication to this already stunning timepiece. The sleek aluminium case is fitted with a DLC-treated titanium caseback, improving its durability and scratch resistance.
The black rubber bezel carrying the double logo gives a sportier touch to this model, which is water-resistant up to 100m. Both models feature black counters with luminescent hands and indexes on the dial, maximising legibility even in low-light conditions. A black rubber bracelet with aluminium links completes the picture, blending style and comfort perfectly with innovative design and meticulous construction.
For a true touch of summery whimsy, the Bulgari Aluminium Capri Editions are inspired by the Bay of Naples and the unique, fascinating blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea. They are available in a Solotempo (time-and-date) or a chronograph version. Each is limited to 1,000 pieces. The two models feature a gradient blue dial and luminescent hands and indices within a 40mm aluminium case; their casebacks are engraved with Capri’s Faraglioni rock formations.
The Capri Chronograph is powered by the self-winding Calibre B130 and features the start/stop and reset pushers on either side of the crown. Meanwhile, the Capri Solotempo model offers accurate timekeeping with a Calibre B77 automatic movement, which also powers a date display. Both watches are completed by a blue rubber bracelet with aluminium links and a box in the same arresting hue.
Rounding off this year’s summer release from Bulgari is the Match Point Edition, which pays tribute to the sun-drenched glamour of tennis courts with its casual style and modern aesthetic. The white dial is accented with green luminescent hands and indices with a yellow luminescent dot, while the bezel and bracelet are dipped in a rich shade of forest green. Limited to just 800 pieces, the watch is fitted with the automatic Calibre B77 calibre, which ensures precise timekeeping along with an adequate 42-hour power reserve.
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