Bulgari’s Serpenti watch has been coiling around the wrists of the most glamorous women since the 1940’s when the Italian jewellery house inserted a watch dial into a Tubogas bracelet, a fashionable and stylised Art Deco bracelet. Named for its inspiration: the utilitarian gas piping found in houses around the world, the Tubogas is a fine example of function-led design popular in the post-war era.
Moving on from the Tubogas, the luxury watch has since taken on many guises to become one of the jeweller’s best selling designs as the snake – the symbol eternity – continues its reign in this opulent brand. But there is more to the design than meets the eye, the clever coiling of the bands of gold of the bracelet allows it to glide onto the wrist and coil around the wrist with the ease of fabric. And of the course the Bulgari touch that brings glamour and opulence to even the most simple designs.
Central to many of their high-end jewellery pieces over the years has been the distinctive symbol of the serpent, and it is the mythological creature that has served as the inspiration for its latest creation.
Bvlgari has added to their elaborate collection of Serpenti ladies watches that incorporate diamonds, precious metals and gems and creative designs a new watch called the Serpenti Misteriosi, which is based on the mythological amphisbaena – a snake with two heads, one at each end.
The piece is made from 18-karat white gold and is covered with lavish diamonds. Of its two heads, one conceals within its mouth a watch with hour and minute functions.There pave diamonds on the body and the snake also boasts four emerald eyes. On both heads are small designs created from diamonds and emeralds.
As for its technical details, the watch is powered by a Bulgari B033 quartz movement, though this feels like something of an afterthought in light of its stunning appearance.
Founded by Sotirios Voulgaris in 1884, Bulgari has grown to become one of the world’s most luxury brand of fashion and jewellery.