With Il Giardino Marino di Bvlgari, Bvlgari continues to explore the wonders of nature’s gardens, this time by taking elegant individuals on a journey of horological complications through the rare universe of marine beauty.
Last year, the Italian jeweller took inspiration from the natural botanical world, offering its first complicated watch for ladies, christened Il Giardino Tropicale di Bvlgari.
In a similar way, Il Giardino Marino di Bvlgari dives into a maritime dream world in which the silent watery landscape finds its rhythm in the harmonious oscillations of a tourbillon movement whose technical sophistication is matched only by its pristine beauty.
Supported by a transparent sapphire bridge, the tourbillon of this exceptional timepiece is revealed through a round window, open like the porthole of a bathyscaph on a journey through an enchanted underwater world filled with vibrant colour. The power reserve of this BVL 263 calibre – made of platinum, with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight that ensures automatic winding – yields 64 hours of operating autonomy. Designed for elegant occasions, the watch is naturally at home in aquatic situations, since it is water-resistant to 30 m.
Just as the pearl is preserved by its shell, the refined precious mechanism of Il Giardino Marino di Bvlgari is enhanced by a Côtes de Genève decoration and fine circular-graining. These subtle touches are housed within a 37-mm-diameter case made of 18-carat pink gold, of which the bezel is either adorned with the name ‘Bvlgari’, or set with 36 diamonds.
In order to emphasise the maritime theme, Bvlgari’s artisans have chosen to work with natural materials – mother-of-pearl, coral, turquoise, and diamonds. Specifically, 29 brilliant-cut diamonds trace the heart of the starfish and punctuate the coral. Dark blue lacquer, evoking the pure depths of the ocean, provides a delicate background that’s matched by the transparency of beautiful sapphires. The overall effect is of a shoal of mischievous fish floating in crystal-clear waters, while sparkling starfish frolic amongst the foliage of precious coral.
The creation of each edition of Il Giardino Marino di Bvlgari is like the birth of a creative spring. The ensemble requires exceptional mastery of a wide range of skills, not least of which are a special knack and a keen eye that no machine could ever imitate, and which can only stem from a blend of intelligence and experience, knowledge and passion. There will only be 50 of each version, rendering the watch a token of true exclusivity.