This year Bulgari brought us a lot of surprises in terms of watches. In addition to the reinterpretation of classic styles, the advent of the first complicated ladies watch with special significance has made People saw Bulgari’s confidence and ambition in the field of watches. This Commedia dell’Arte watch is even more amazing. The dial uses the background of a 16th-century Italian palace. It has the function of a church reed-style minute repeater. All kinds of people on the dial are vivid and vivid. In terms of artistic presentation, they are all fine.
Bulgari Commedia dell’Arte series launched a total of three watches, limited production of eight pieces, each of which can be called a true masterpiece of art.
Commedia dell’Arte is inspired by the Italian theater tradition. Each dial is presented with dramatic characters. The most famous characters-Brighella, Pulcinella, Pantalone, Columbine and Harlequin-occupy the center of the dial. When the church reed-style minute repeater function is activated, these five figures are revived against the backdrop of high-end, sophisticated 16th-century Italian palace decoration. Depending on the scene, about 5 to 7 active components in the watch are activated, causing the character to act accordingly.
The making of a watch is extremely complex and a masterpiece. The dial is delicately crafted, and different scenes are meticulously carved on an 18k gold dial with a diameter of 54 mm, combining a variety of watch crafts: painted enamel, carving and engraving.
The movement is a BVL618 movement made by Bvlgari by hand, which is automatically wound. In addition to the automatic device, the watch also includes a church reed-type minute repeater function and a 6 o’clock position blink display.
The case is made of 18K white gold and Magsonic alloy. Magsonic alloy is a special alloy that optimizes the resonance effect of watches. The timepiece of the watch is located at 10 o’clock. The case of the three watches is engraved with the name of the central character on the dial at 6 o’clock: Harlequin, Pulcinella or Brighella.
The dial of each scene in the dial draws inspiration from impromptu comedy, and is itself a work of art, produced by the Ateliers Vaucher studio in Geneva through a complex process. The engraving process is the first artistic step, and this process requires extreme patience. After the scene was enlarged five times for simulation, the master of art began to shape the actual size parts in the scene using 18K gold. The application of sculpting and illusion painting has realized the effect of contour, depth and volume. Each dial has four levels, which are the central figure, the decal side figure, the foreground decoration and the background decoration.
The movement of the characters in the dial shows high-precision technology. The character is composed of several parts, and the joints that drive the character’s movement are hidden. The sculptor used about 15 different tools to create this complex stage, giving characters realistic expressions.
The moving figures are fixed to the dial in a clever way, and the bottom is fixed by legs or fulcrum. The hours are suspended on the dial and do not touch the part of the dial between the 7 and 11 o’clock positions.
After patiently and delicately sculpting, the micropainter began to show his skills. The micropainter must possess extraordinary artistic beauty and comprehensive mastery of craftsmanship. Micropainters need to use a dozen basic colors and spend three to five weeks to complete the entire scene.
During this process, the dial is placed in an oven for one hour, the temperature is maintained at 80 ° C, and it is repeated 30 to 50 times until it is completed. Complicated dial making like Commedia dell’Arte requires extensive experience. The art master responsible for the project acknowledged that in her 35-year career, she had never made a dial with so much detail.
Summary: The gorgeousness of this watch’s dial is astounding. The delicate dial and many details are dazzling and dizzying. However, the exquisite dial somewhat ignores the function of the watch itself. I don’t know how many people carefully appreciate the dial for a long time before they think of its time display method. In fact, the time display of the watch is very distinctive. The 6 o’clock position is an hour jump indicator, and the retrograde minute hand between 7 and 11 o’clock. Press the clock at the 10 o’clock position, you can hear different tones, and tell the ‘hour’, ‘engraved’ and ‘minute’ in turn.