This sporty Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint (Ref. BRE56BSVDCHS) automatic chronograph is among the latest creations of the Swiss-based watchmaking house Daniel Roth that was acquired by Bulgari about a dozen years ago and was pretty recently completely absorbed by the Italian brand. Officially presented to the world early this year at the Baselworld 2012 event, the refreshed timekeeper sports the same movement and heroically proportioned body, but now features a slightly different finish to its dial.
The signature feature of this watch is, of course, its charismatic face with the signature off-centered hours and minutes and a combined chronograph indicator with the hour and minute hands sharing the same sub-dial at 6 o’clock.
The combined chronograph not only makes it easier to measure long time intervals (it lacks the usual seconds hand, so measuring short periods is out of the question), but also allows the watchmakers to increase its diameter (and thus enhance its legibility), while at the same time makes the dial a lot more laconic and sober. Another nice touch of this technical solution is an extra space for the extra-large calendar window.
The first thing that you may notice about the Bvlgari Endurer Chronosprint is the lack of chronograph push-buttons on their rightful places at 2 and 4 o’clock.
Well, the first of all, this is a monopusher chronograph (which means that it can be started, stopped and reset with a single push-piece), which makes it a lot easier to operate per se.
The second thing is that the chronograph pusher is moved from its usual position on the right to a place between 7 and 8 o’clock. Not only this position is less prominent making the watch look even more discrete, it is also convenient (at least, for a right-handed person), since you can push the button with the thumb of your right hand, while using your index finger to better hold the watch.
The only thing I don’t like about the refreshed Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint Chronograph is its size. As I have already noted, the massive body of the watch preserved not only its art-deco styled shape, but also its original size. Made from brushed stainless steel with nicely polished edges, the case is 56 millimeters long and some 51 millimeters wide, which makes it ridiculously huge for people with normal and skinny wrists. Well, at least, the body of the piece sports integrated lugs that are nicely curved, hugging your wrist and thus making it look slightly less burger-like.
Still, it is a great time measuring device with a great movement and a charismatic appearance. I you should really check this one out at your local AD and try it on your own hand. If it fits and the price is not an issue (it will possibly retail at around $16,000 when on sale,) you should really go forward and grab this one. It’s really worth it.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3/5
Value for Money: n/a
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint (Ref. BRE56BSVDCHS) specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber DR 1306, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 45 hours
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve pattern, circular-grained (perlaged) bridges
Functions: Hours, minutes, monopusher chronograph, big date
Case material: Stainless steel, brushed and polished
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Bezel shape: Tonneau
Size: 56.00 mm x 51.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Available with brushed steel bracelet and black rubber band (pictured)