Updated for the year 2013, the gorgeous Bulgari Astrale collection of jewelry watches now includes more gemstones of different shapes and colors and even more diamonds adorning their gold bezels. The watches are still powered by quartz movements, though.
Featuring the traditional Mediterranean luxury, the Astrale ref. AEP36D2CWL comes in a medium-sized rose gold body with a peculiar, “multilayer” bezel, which is adorned with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling around 1.63 carats, and eleven gemstones, including green, egg-shaped peridots, violet ametists and even bright yellow citrine. Together, the stones look like exotic fruits lying on a rose gold plate.
Since the precious and semi-precious stones take so much real estate on the timekeeper’s body, the dial opening is predictably small, but is adequate for the task of telling time. The white mother-of-pearl dial serves as a perfect background both for the gold hour and minute hands and the traditional oversized BVLGARI inscription in its upper half.
The recessed, almost flush setting crown makes the watch not only more beautiful, less utilitarian in its look, but also allows for more daily comfort: at least, it won’t bite into the back of your palm at the time when you least expect it.
I am not sure whether the jewelry maker will introduce another version of the watch on a rose gold bracelet, but even this dark grey satin strap looks like an adequate choice for this Italian beauty.
As for the movement, it is still a simple Swiss made quartz job that was “personalized” for Bulgari and given a new “Caliber B033” designation. I am not sure about its reparability, but, guesstimating the price tag of this watch to be comparable with a price of a compact city car, I think that, if the worst happens, it won’t be too expensive to simply throw the faulty caliber into a dust bin and replace the quartz engine with a new one.
See also: Bulgari Serpenti 2012
Bulgari Astrale Jewelry Ladies Watch (Ref. AEP36D2CWL) specification
Price: TBD, expensive
Movement: Quartz, Caliber B033, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: A couple of years
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: Rose gold, 18 carats
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 36.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: White mother-of-pearl
Hour markers: None
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: No data
Strap: Satin strap with 18kt rose gold folding buckle and round clasp with BVLGARI logo
Case back: Solid