To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of their first store in Rome, Bvlgari is launching a line of watches bearing the founder’s name, Sotirio Bvlgari. Each watch in the line shares distinctive design elements. The cases are produced by Bvlgari Group member Finger, which has been making watch cases since 1898. The case lugs are the signature feature, integrated into the caseback at converging angles that provide high tensile strength despite a small contact area with the case. The 42mm case includes a display back. Crowns contain the “SB” monogram. The high-quality hand-worked dials are produced by Cadrans Design, another Bvlgari Group subsidiary. Buckles are also produced by a group member, Prestige d’Or.
Beneath the dial on this model is a BVL 360 Caliber automatic winding annual calendar with a 225° retrograde date hand. The movement, produced by Vaucher for Bvlgari, has a hand-decorated plate and bridges with an original biaxial côtes de Genève and a traits tires treatment. The edges of the plate and bridges as well as the sinks are polished. The oscillating weight is 18k gold. The movement has 360 components, including 32 jewels, and a 55 hour power reserve.
The Sotirio Bvlgari Annual Calendar will be produced in a limited edition of 125 pieces in white gold with a white dial priced at $38,100, and 250 pieces in pink gold with a black dial priced at $36,400.