Speaking of Bulgari creates a glamorous image in mind, jewelry that are unfazed in their overpowering shimmer and color, and unafraid to call for your attention. The serpent, a house icon, is only an apt symbol as the predatory animal is overwhelming in both size and appearance. It also showcases Bulgari’s Italian heritage, the snake a common talisman used in Roman times to invite good luck. A signature motif since the earlier half of the last century, the serpent is present in most pieces by the brand, even in its venture into jewelry watches.
Release Date & Price
Release date: 1940s
Price: starting at US$5,400
The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas’ appeal as an elegant ladies’ watch has not wavered since it was first introduced, captivating onlookers and starting a desire within them to own a unique and opulent watch. It borrows its name from the tubogas technique, which means that the metal achieves the coiling effect akin to that of a serpent wrapping around its prey. The watch has seen updates through the years, with Bulgari using both gold and steel for the wraparound beauties. There are enough versions to satisfy different tastes, although the prices vary.
- Caliber: Bulgari Calibre B033, high-precision quartz
- Case diameter: 35mm
- Case Material: Gold (white, yellow, rose)
- Functions: Hours, minutes
The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas is a complex beauty, characteristic of how the house would want to handle its precious metals and stones, and even edgy. Depending on the selection, the watch is adorned with a variety of stones, with diamonds probably the most common. The links are made individually as one would expect from a sophisticated design, and connected through components that are almost hidden from view. Even though it is elaborate, you can wear the Serpenti Tubogas without fear of breaking or overstretching the band as it is incredibly flexible. Much to one’s surprise, it is also comfortable to wear, making this an appealing accessory that you can use as much as you want without leaving your wrists wanting to breathe.
Even though Bulgari has made in-house mechanical movements through the years, one couldn’t expect to find them in these watches. The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas is powered by high-precision quartz, which is reasonable enough as movements that are small enough to fit are few and far between. It also isn’t quite helpful reading the time in dim surroundings as the watch has no lume. The elaborate design will inevitably make matching clothes a bit of a challenge.
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