The Tourbillon Lumière, powered by Calibre DR 780, is a superlative horology creation epitomises the ultimate expression of the art of skeleton working. The absolute perfection expressed in this diaphanous watch involved taking full account of the major parameter inherent in this exercise: paring down the movement structure as much as possible, while maintaining its rigidity and load-bearing capacity in order to guarantee its smooth running. This might be viewed as the art of doing more with less.
The goal has been fully met in a feather-light creation of which the brown gold-plated components are clothed in a double-ellipse rose gold case. The plates, bridges and ratchet-wheel are meticulously openworked. Each of the parts is chamfered, hand-drawn and exquisitely chased. A slender satin brushed inner bezel ring, adorned with diamond-polished dots for the hours and minutes, is integrated within the skeleton-work process.
The dial merges into the movement and features a minimum of finely engraved metal serving to mark the hour circle on the front and the power-reserve display on the back. The mainplate is barely 3.48 mm thick, making this model one of the world’s thinnest tourbillon watches. This paragon of transparency is fitted on either side with sapphire crystals featuring an anti-glare treatment designed to guarantee that nothing will impede the crystal-clear vision of its inner beauty, revealing the tourbillon with straight-line lever composed of 82 parts and including a polished bridge.
- Mechanical hand-wound “skeleton-work” movement, Calibre DR 780
- Tourbillon regulator cage composed of 82 parts, power-reserve display
- Hand-decorated gold bridges and mainplate
- 21,600 vph, 64-hour power reserve
- 44 mm double-ellipse case in 18-carat rose gold, non screw-lock crown, water-resistant to 30 metres
- Anti-glare sapphire crystals on the front and back, blued steel serpentine hands
- Alligator leather strap with rose gold pin buckle
About Bulgari, Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta Collection
2010 marks a decisive new step for Bulgari, with the unification of the Manufacture du Sentier Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta under the powerful and prestigious Bulgari image, as announced by the Group CEO, Francesco Trapani, on January 15th 2010. This strategic rapprochement, a first in the history of the Swiss watch industry, is now giving rise to a new resolutely high-end Bulgari collection. It highlights the cutting-edge expertise of the Manufacture du Sentier (in the Joux Valley) through its multiple references to the calibres developed there.
The new Bulgari, Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta models are powered by calibres developed in the Manufacture du Sentier. This set of seven models reinterprets creations characterised by a powerful style signature for each of the Collections. Featuring cases with a rugged octagonal or distinctive elliptical shape, the Bulgari, Gérald Genta & Daniel Roth Collections all testify to a boldly asserted identity. They are combined with an exceptional range of horological complications entirely in keeping with their respective traditions and specific codes.