Boasting an eye-catching dial embellished by gold-spangled Urushi lacquer, and equipped with a state of the art acoustic complication inside a sparkling gem-set exterior, the Bulgari Diva Finissima Minute Repeater celebrates a century of watchmaking and jewellery expertise.
This timepiece houses the world’s thinnest minute repeater movement in a ladies’ watch, Finissima, an evolved version of the famous Finissimo Minute Repeater movement presented by Bvlgari at Baselworld 2016 in the Octo collection. The record-breaking calibre is developed and crafted by the Master Watchmakers of the Italian brand at the Manufacture in Le Sentier.
The Bulgari Diva Finissima Minute Repeater celebrates the first Bvlgari creations dating back to 1918 in the form of exquisitely beautiful platinum jewellery watches adorned with magnificent diamonds. Since then, Bvlgari has asserted itself as one of the key players in the realm of high-end ladies’ watches, notably with its Serpenti and Lvcea collections.
Demurely concealing its ability to tell the time to music, the world-first Diva Finissima chimes a crystal-clear tune on demand, once the mechanism is activated by a gemset charm whirling in step with its owner’s wrist movements. By imbuing the passing of time with a rare degree of sophistication, this jewellery timepiece with its unique personality is a reminder of Bvlgari’s century-long attachment to this noble art.
The enchantingly refined Diva Finissima is graced with an exceptionally slim 18kt rose gold 37mm-diameter case. Its delightful design is softened by tapered lugs whose voluptuous curves are accentuated by brilliant-cut diamonds, while an 18kt rose gold winding crown set with a splendid facetted diamond offers a counterpoint to these gently rounded shapes.
The dial is crafted from Urushi lacquer, in harmony with the finest Japanese tradition, by an experienced artisan well accustomed to all its subtle characteristics. During an entire month, ten or so layers of beautifully shimmering plant-based lacquer are applied to the dial plate. Each operation calls for deft brush strokes, followed after a 48-hour drying process by accurate and delicate polishing with a cotton pad and stag-horn powder. To achieve a perfectly dense yet diaphanous cloud of gold spangles, the latter are sieved through a bamboo shoot and expertly sprinkled across the surface, while the last layer is coated with transparent lacquer designed to increase the visual depth effect characterising the Urushi technique. Finally, the Bvlgari’s gemsetters fit tiny diamond hour-markers on this miniature painting featuring motifs that are always unique and a surface destined to stand the test of time.
The Diva Finissima Minute Repeater will be issued in a strictly limited edition of ten.
Model: Diva Finissima Minute Repeater
Manufacture Bvlgari minute repeater movement, 3.12mm thin manual-winding Calibre BVL 362 Finissimo movement, hours and minutes indications, off-centred small seconds, 42-hour power reserve.
Case and dial
18kt rose gold 37mm-diameter case, lugs snow-set with brilliant-cut diamonds (~4.26 cts), transparent caseback, 18kt rose gold crown set with a facetted diamond; water-resistant to 30m;total thickness 9.42mm. Dial crafted in black lacquer and speckled with gold dust using the Japanese artisanal Urushi technique; hour-markers and small seconds set with brilliant-cut diamonds (~ 0.28ct).
Black alligator leather strap secured by an 18kt rose gold folding clasp set with diamonds (~0.29ct).
Total diamond weight: 4.83cts
Ten-piece limited edition.