Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde in stainless steel (ref. SB42BSLDR) Swiss Watches

The Italian-based jeweler Bulgari will soon start selling their new Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde (ref. SB42BSLDR) “entry-luxury” dress watch. Featuring an Art-deco dial that is traditional for the brand, the timekeeper’s selling point is a deceptively simple, yet exquisitely finished retrograde date indicator at 6 o’clock.

The new Sotirio Bvlgari collection of luxury watches was originally presented this past spring at Baselworld 2009 trade show and, if everything goes as planned, later this month the collection will finally go to Bulgari’s authorized dealers all over the world.

Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde watch in stainless steel (ref. SB42BSLDR)

While the most expensive models in the new collection will only be available to the wealthiest of customers, the stainless steel version of the new Sotirio Bulgari Date Retrograde (ref. SB42BSLDR) may become a relatively affordable ticket to the world of luxury.

If you are still struggling to rise back on your feet after the collapse of the financial market, I feel your pain. If you are one of those who have already adapted to the new reality (or, which is more likely, wasn’t hit that bad in the first place,) please do continue reading this brief overview: this gadget indeed looks quite tempting.

Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde watch in stainless steel ref. SB42BSLDR (angle view)

As Bvlgari is still in the process of establishing itself as a Manufacture (partly by absorbing their sub-brand Gerald Genta and partly by using technological know-how trickling down from TAG Heuer, Zenith, and other “true” watchmaking brands that are owned by the same LVMH conglomerate,) they still use mass-produced calibers made by ETA S/A. The new watch, for example, is powered by an omnipresent ETA 2892-A2 Swiss automatic movement, but, unlike a number of offerings from other watch makers that tend to install the movement “as is,” this one is finely decorated in-house and is equipped with their own 150&grad; retrograde date module. Sitting atop of the base caliber, the module drives the indicator hand on its way from “1” to “31” and then takes just an instant to put it back at starting point.

The module draws its energy from the ETA movement, but, according to the company, does not affect neither the timepiece’s accuracy, nor the available power reserve.

Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde watch in stainless steel ref. SB42BSLDR (transparenet case back)

It must be noted, though, that, with each third-party module added, the base movement becomes less reliable and more difficult to repair of broken. So, beware!

The Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde comes packed in a moderately sized 42 mm case and, judging by some wrist-shots I managed to find on the Web, looks perfectly home even on relatively thin male wrists.

Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde watch in stainless steel ref. SB42BSLDR (B 89 module)

Of course, the best looking combination seems to be the time tested rose gold and black. However, even the relatively affordable version in stainless steel case looks sharp if combined with black leather strap and black dial.

See also: Eberhard 8 Jours Grande Taille in rose gold and steel

Photos: Bulgari

Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde watch specification: (ref. SB42BSLDR)

Price range: $7800 (Retail)
Movement: Caliber B89, based on ETA 2892-A2 ebauche with a retrograde date module, automatic, Swiss Made
Jewels: 25
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, seconds, retrograde date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Black
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather
Crystal: Sapphire

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