Preserving that familiar Diagono line styling that millions of people seem to love so much, the new Bulgari Diagono Ceramic Chronograph (ref. DG42BSCVDCH in ceramic and ref. DGP42BGCVDCH in rose gold) automatic wrist watch gets facelifted with an even more elegant, thinner, visually lighter bezel that also allows for more screen real estate. As you have probably already guessed, the part (as well as some other elements of the piece) is crafted from an extremely scratch-resistant ceramic material.
Restyling already highly successful products is like walking a minefield: you only need to make just a single wrong step in order to lose it all. Many brands do.
However, with this one Bvlgari seems to have found just the right balance in mixing the old and new designs.
Compared to the somewhat heavy-set, although smaller, Diagono Caliber 303 from the year 2010, the new watch seems to be a lot better proportioned thanks to its thinner bezel.
Together with an increased size of the dial and new sub-dial rims, that are also a lot thinner now, the watch leaves a lot better impression.
I am not sure about the real difference in weight of each timekeeper, but the new Diagono Ceramic clearly looks like it is at least two times lighter compared to the older model.
Sporting the same matte black, sand-blasted finish, the dial perfectly matches the satin finish surface of the ceramic bezel.
As you can see on the detailed photos, all the hand-applied elements of the face (they are either rhodium-plated for the stainless steel watch or rose gold-plated for the version in rose gold) are very finely crafted, polished and facetted with the hour-markers and the bigger pair of hands featuring white-colored Superluminova C1 luminous substance.
Although not nearly as bright as the C3 compound, which is often used in sporty and diving watches, the substance is still adequate for the task and also, let’s face it, looks a lot cooler than the yellowish C3, especially on the model is steel.
According to official specs, the new Diagono Ceramic is powered by the new Caliber BVL 130 automatic movement.
There is still no official info regarding the origin of this caliber. However, judging by its size of 28.60 x 16.10 mm, the jewel count and the power reserve of 42 hours, I can safely assume that this one is based on the ubiquitous ETA 2894-2 ebauche.
However, the BVL 130 is finished with the traditional Cotes de Geneve motif with some of its parts circular-grained and snailed.
Price is still to be officially announced, but the watch will surely be quite expensive.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3/5
Value for Money: n/a
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
See also: Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph GMT X-Pro
Bulgari Diagono Ceramic Chronograph Automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber BVL 130, 28.60 x 6.10 mm, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 37
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve motif, circular-grained and snailed
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel / 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: Black ceramic, satin-brushed
Crown material: Ceramic-set
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous, hand-applied; Rhodium-plated / Rose gold-plated
Hands: Luminous, Rhodium-plated / Rose gold-plated
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Monoblock black rubber strap with steel or 18-carat rose gold inserts on pin buckle in matching metal
Case back: Sapphire