BVALGARI First Ladies grand Complication Watch Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari celebrates nature and perpetuates a theme nurtured by a rich creative legacy. Luxuriant vegetation, an infinitude of stars, animal colours, Bulgari’s history is marked by creations that have often been expressed as subjects from the natural environment. The new Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari provides clear evidence of this by perpetuating this thematic tradition for which Bulgari has become the most famous representative in the world of international Fine Jewellery. From now on, it will also be associated with Fine Watchmaking: Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari is its first ladies’ grand complication watch. This watch is more than just a timepiece. It also tells a story: the story of Bulgari, its values, and its close relationship with concentrated creative activity. The inexhaustibly rich natural and animal worlds have particularly inspired the company over the decades. Their extraordinary resources have opened unlimited creative doors for the Rome-based firm and have proved endlessly stimulating. Bulgari’s decades of history as a jewellery and watchmaker are replete with a multitude of exuberant creations that refer to the natural world, with its endless variations and compositions of colours and shapes. Flowers and plants, snowflakes, and marine creatures have been reinterpreted throughout this time by exceptional creative metaphors. While remaining true to the brand’s key values, this approach has followed one inviolable rule: the chromatic potential of the stones is used in conjunction with the rich combination of colours offered as well as alternating sizes and cuts. Animals entered the picture several decades ago, the reptile is one of its major themes, and Serpenti has now become a standout in the world of international Fine Jewellery. As for the parrot, this storied bird is certainly not a new discovery for Bulgari, which has been including it in its animal line-up for a long time.
Now, ephemerality is again being expressed in the decorative arts register with Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari. This gem-set watch epitomises the mastery of precious decoration shown by the Roman company, which today reigns supreme. The dreamy quality of the gold dial (3.5 g) is obvious at first glance from the combination of two crafts: the jeweller’s art has 61 diamonds (0.13 ct) forming the stage on which the parrot pays tribute to the art of miniature painting. The two handcraft techniques come together in a poetic symbiosis that gives full expression to the theme of natural elements through the play of colours. The plant and animal worlds create an elegant, soft, and balanced scene accentuated by the ivory-toned background and the quiet brilliance of the gems. The serenity of this sophisticated landscape, evoking delicacy and sweetness, conceals another aspect of Bulgari’s talents: a self-winding tourbillon movement having its tourbillon carriage supported by a sapphire glass bridge. This living, organic mechanism is visible through the circular opening atop which the parrot is perched. The opening serves as a light source and a window onto the perpetual rotation of the regulator, which keeps this self-winding movement running steadily. The movement is housed in an 18K pink gold case that is 37 mm in diameter. The oscillating weight ensuring automatic winding is made of 22ct gold. Like the dial, it is fully decorated in accordance with Fine Watchmaking codes. A rare and exclusive creation, Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari is being issued in a numbered and strictly limited 50-piece edition. It is rare, exclusive, and very sophisticated, just like the women who will appreciate its subtleties.