It has taken Bulgari just a few years to build up the sort of Swiss watchmaking operation that took many of its neighbours centuries.
Four integrated workshops are now producing cases, bracelets, high-end dials and movement ranging from grand complications to ultra-thin hand-would calibres.
The brand’s muscular Octo collection, particularly its minute repeater, was a star of this year’s Baselworld, but we have picked out the feminine Picolla Lucia for the way it combine’s Bulgari’s historic expertise in fine jewellery and high fashion with its more recently acquired expertise in horology.
The Lucia has been around for a few years, but its slimmer and more dainty 23mm case is new.
We could be in the early days of a renaissance for smaller watches, particularly in jewelled pieces, which will only broaden the appeal of this already successful range.
Bulgari loves talking about the interplay of light and colour, and the Piccola’s is no different; described as a tribute to light – a 21st century sundial evoking the culture of Ancient Rome designed to grace the wrist of urban women in tune with their times through a chic and discreet watch.