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The Bulgari Aluminium returns with a new movement and colours

The Bulgari Aluminium Solotempo and Chronograph watches for Summer 2023.

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.

The Bulgari Aluminium Chrono with panda-style three-register dial.
The Bulgari Aluminium Chrono with panda-style three-register dial.

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.

The aluminium case and rubber bezel of the Bulgari Aluminium collection being assembled.
The aluminium case and rubber bezel of the Bulgari Aluminium collection being assembled.

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 two Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph models in black, and white-and-black dial.
The two Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph models in black, and white-and-black dial.

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.

The Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph Capri Edition with gradient blue dial.
The Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph Capri Edition with gradient blue dial.

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 caseback of the Bulgari Aluminium Solotempo Capri Edition is in black DLC-treated titanium.
The caseback of the Bulgari Aluminium Solotempo Capri Edition is in black DLC-treated titanium.

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.

The Bulgari Aluminium Solotempo in white dial and Match Point Editions.
The Bulgari Aluminium Solotempo with white dial; Bulgari Aluminium Match Point Edition.

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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