The Italian brand Bulgari is known for its extensive collection of snake-style bracelet watches. Usually comprising no less than two “coils” that gently embrace a lady’s petit wrist, the bracelets are crowned with a snakehead-shaped case that usually houses a compact quartz movement. This new Bvlgari Catene (“catene” means “chain” in Italian, if I understand it correctly), however, features a slightly less radical styling that may be especially appreciated by persons suffering from ophidiophobia: an irrational fear of snakes.
As you can see on the pictures, the watch comes in a standard circular-shaped body, which is attached to your wrist using a “necklace chain” bracelet. Still using the same “coils” concept, the design looks a lot less serpentine. Fashioned from rose gold, adorned with 60 brilliants totaling around 2.50 carats and nicely polished, the bracelet is secured to a wrist with a standard triple folding clasp, too, in 18-carat rose gold.
Although the expensive trinket doesn’t look as dramatic as, say, their gorgeous 2012 Serpenti watch, it still makes a pretty strong impression, especially when worn on a thin wrist of a supermodel.
Since the watch is powered by a pretty simple Swiss quartz movement (Bulgari prefers to call it Caliber B046), they managed to make the case quite compact: it measures only 31 millimeters in diameter, which makes it suitable for just about any lady.
Well, perhaps the nicely shaped setting crown with its rubellite (aka red tourmaline) cabochon is a trifle too long to my taste, but otherwise the styling of this elegant piece looks almost perfect.
Bvlgari Catene watch specification
Movement: Quartz, Bulgari B046, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Power reserve: 3-4 years
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Rose gold and red tourmaline
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 31.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: White mother-of-pearl
Hour markers: Diamonds (approx. 0.13 carats total)
Hands: Leaf-shaped, rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: “Necklace chain” bracelet in 18-carat rose gold with 60 brilliants (2.50 cts) of different size, secured with triple folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold
Case back: Solid