With the brand-new Lvcea Tubogas and the dazzling Lvcea Skeleton models, Bulgari presents two major design evolutions of the Lvcea collection since it was launched in 2014.
Bulgari Lvcea Tubogas
For the first time, Lvcea is presented with the iconic Tubogas bracelet, reminding us of Bvlgari’s heritage as a jeweller. Caressing the wrist with exquisite comfort, five new Lvcea Tubogas models bring an everyday modernity to the Lvcea universe. The slinky links of the Tubogas bracelet add a pleasing symmetry when contrasted with the perfectly round face of the Lvcea.
Available in 28 or 33mm models, the stylish stainless steel version has a dramatic black lacquer dial. A shimmering white mother-of-pearl dial complements the model with an alternating steel and rose gold Tubogas bracelet, also presented in 28 and 33mm sizes. Finally, a precious 33mm rose gold interpretation, resplendent with diamonds around the bezel and decorating the bracelet, completes the family.
With a date window at 3 o’clock, a practical quartz movement powers the 28mm models while the 33mm versions boast a mechanical automatic-winding caliber. All five new Lvcea Tubogas watches have diamond hour markers and a pink cabochon-cut gemstone set into the crown.
Christened Tubogas because of its similarity to a lowly woven-metal gas pipe, the technique has been used in jewellery making since the late 40’s. An eloquent example of industrial-inspired design, it was popularized in the Art Deco period when the challenge of miniaturizing large engineered objects, and using them for novel purposes, took off. In the 1940s, Bvlgari inserted a watch dial into a Tubogas bracelet to create a highly stylized serpent watch. The design was revived in the 1970s when Bvlgari introduced it into watches, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The effect of a stark, engineered coil combined with coins and richly colored precious gems created a fascinating contrast that marked Bvlgari’s style of jewels, intended to be worn and enjoyed every day.
Complicated to produce, the Tubogas is formed by long bands of gold or steel that are wrapped around a steel core. As they are coiled, the rounded contours of the bands interlock to conceal completely the inner structure. The specialist goldsmiths use no soldering. The flexibility of the coiled bands alone is what gives the Tubogas its characteristic bounce. Bvlgari has extended the range to include three colors of gold fused into one single bracelet within the new Serpenti collection.
Quartz movement, Calibre B046 customised by Bvlgari for the 28mm versions with indications of the hours and minutes; mechanical automatic movement, Calibre B77 for the 33mm versions, with indications of the hours, minutes, seconds and date; 28,800 vph, 42-hour power reserve.
Case, dial and bracelet
28 or 33mm steel case, steel crown set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a brilliant-cut diamond. Black lacquered dial respectively set with 12 and 11 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers. Water-resistant to 50m. Steel Tubogas bracelet.
28 or 33mm steel case, 18kt gold rose crown set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a brilliant-cut diamond. White mother-of-pearl dial respectively set with 12 and 11 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers. 18kt rose gold bezel. Water-resistant to 50m. Steel and 18kt rose gold Tubogas bracelet.
33mm 18kt rose gold case. 18kt rose gold crown set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a brilliant-cut diamond. 18kt rose gold bezel set with diamonds (~1.2ct). White mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers. 18kt rose gold Tubogas bracelet with 18kt rose gold lugs set with 22 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.4ct).
Bulgari Lvcea Skeleton
Designed for women who appreciate the delicate complexity of mechanical timepieces, the new Lvcea Skeleton watch introduces a new complication into the Lvcea family that offers a fascinating window into the art of watchmaking at Bvlgari.
The new Lvcea Skeleton showcases the exquisitely complicated automatic winding BVL 191 skeleton movement, crafted by hand in-house in Bvlgari’s Manufacture in Switzerland. However, this being Bvlgari, the Lvcea Skeleton is not just a mechanical masterpiece that allows women to admire its beating heart. It is the first skeleton watch in history that takes the letters of the watchmaker’s logo and makes them integral to the design.
The three new models in steel and rose gold take their design cues from the original Lvcea watch but bring a new boldness to the collection. The colored red lacquered hands add a flash of color to the openwork dial, cleverly coordinating with the cabochon-cut gemstone set into the crown of each watch. Lvcea Skeleton with diamonds around the dial elevates the Lvcea watch to new levels of luxury.
The watch is presented on a gem-bright alligator strap or a steel and rose gold Serpenti bracelet.
Model: LVCEA SKELETON
In-house mechanical movement Calibre BVL 191SK with automatic winding and skeleton execution
Indication of the hours, minutes and seconds, 28,800 vph, 42-hour power reserve
Case, dial and strap
33mm steel or 18kt gold rose case. Steel or 18kt rose gold crown set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a brilliant-cut diamond. Steel or 18kt rose gold bezel set without or with diamonds (44 stones; ~1.2ct), according to the version.
Open work dial featuring the BVLGARI logo with rose gold plated letters set without or with diamonds (117 stones), according to the version. Red lacquered hands or 18kt rose gold plated hands according to the version. Water-resistant to 50m.
Red alligator strap with steel or 18kt rose gold ardillon buckle respectively with steel or 18kt rose gold lugs set with 22 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.4ct). Steel and 18kt rose gold bracelet for the steel and rose gold bezel version.