For the year 2014, the Italian fashion brand has updated its Octo family with a beautiful Bvlgari Octo Chronograph.
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 (refs. 102038 BBCP31WGGD1.2T/12 & 102052 BBCP31WGG.2T/12) (“catene” means “a 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.
This sporty Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint (Ref. BRE56BSVDCHS) 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 at the Baselworld 2012, the refreshed timekeeper sports the same movement and heroically proportioned body, but now features a slightly different finish to its dial.
Preserving that familiar Diagono styling that millions of people love so much, the automatic Bulgari Diagono Ceramic Chronograph (ref. DG42BSCVDCH in ceramic and ref. DGP42BGCVDCH in rose gold) gets facelifted with an even more elegant, thinner, visually lighter bezel that also allows for more screen real estate. The part (as well as some other elements) is crafted from an extremely scratch-resistant ceramic.
With the 2011 Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph (ref. BGO45BSCLDCHQR) Bulgari keeps on consolidating the legacy of Gerald Genta: an independent brand that they have recently, um, absorbed. This particular model, for example, is a face-lifted and rebadged version of the Gerald Genta Arena Chrono Quattro Retro “wristboard” model that was presented two years at Baselworld 2009 if memory serves me well.
Just like the recently unveiled Daniel Roth Grande Lune, the new Bulgari Papillon Chronograph in Rose Gold (ref. BRRP46C14GLCHP) is a refreshed and rebadged version of the original chronograph that was introduced in 2008 by Daniel Roth.
If you happened to live under the proverbial rock during the last year, then I have to inform you with the deepest regret that the Italian fashion house finally decided to completely absorb the Swiss-based brand and gradually start selling its iconic models under its own trademark. Well, there goes another legend.