Like many other high-jewelry timepieces from Bvlgari (and lots of other serious fashion brands,) the new Bulgari Mediterranean Eden collection of watches was designed to be worn with bracelets, necklaces and earrings belonging to a collection of jewelry items with the same -rather playful- name. While not as outrageous as their recent Bulgari Serpenti 7 Coils model, the timepieces will surely get a healthy dose of attention to their owners.
Being primarily a jewelry item, the watch is powered by a simple Swiss made quartz mechanism, but is available in at least three (I believe, there will be more of them later) versions that differ with their colors and materials (ref. MEP40WGCDL in rose gold decorated with colorful precious stones and pearls, ref. MEW40WGDPL in rose gold with open-worked dial cover and no stones at all, and MEP40WGPL in 18-carat white gold and white pearls,) but have the same structure.
If you will compare the three models, you will easily notice that their dials are decorated with the same removable covers that feature similar decor patterns.
Trying to satisfy all tastes and financial means, the Italian fashion house offered one of the three watches with a simple dial cover featuring a single pearl and a smaller pearl adorning its setting crown.
On the other hand, the most festive version of the Bulgari Mediterranean Eden comes decorated with 132 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling at 1.1 carats, three round diamonds, and ten colored precious and semiprecious stones: amethyst, tourmaline, citrine, peridot and topaz. Its tiny setting crown is, too, set with a tourmaline the color of rose wine.
All three timekeepers are presented in cases crafted from either white or rose gold. Being 40 millimeters in diameter, the cases occupy a lot real estate on an average wrist, but in return offer tons of visual pleasure.
By the way, speaking of mass, I must mention that, thanks to its ultra-light (and ultra-compact, so the watch is quite thin) quartz movement, the timekeeper’s body weighs only 60 grams. The watchmaking division of Bulgari doesn’t specify what movement exactly makes the watch tick, but they usually equip their timekeepers with simple, yet reliable ETA movements that will probably work for years without issues (and can be easily replaced when their time finally comes.)
Add here around 12.5 grams of the white or rose gold triple-blade folding clasp, and you will get a feather-light device, which is a pleasure to wear and is almost not felt on a wrist!
Predictably, all timekeepers are quite expensive with the most affordable one starting at $25,600 and the most expensive potentially setting you back for whole $38,500! But, again, it is something that you must expect from such a prominent fashion/jewelry brand as Bulgari.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Bulgari Mediterranean Eden quartz ladies watch specification
Price: $38,500 (MSRP, ref. MEP40WGCDL) / $36,500 (MSRP, ref. MEW40WGDPL) / $25,600 (MSRP, ref. MEP40WGPL in 18-carat white gold)
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case material: White gold / Rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Mother-of-pearl with arabesque patterns matching the dial cover
Hour markers: None
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Satin strap with triple-blade folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold or white gold
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid