The Chronograph Watch Prize for the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, and the Jewellery Watch Prize for Serpenti Misteriosi Romani: the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has awarded the Jeweller of Time two prizes on Thursday November 7th. The Jury has thereby paid tribute to Bvlgari’s spirit of edgy innovation and ultimate creativity.
These prizes acknowledge the expression of Italian style and elegance mingled with Swiss watchmaking expertise and the highest creative skills. More than ever, the Jeweller of Time demonstrates its ability to merge and magnify the arts of jewellery, fine watchmaking and artistic expressions into striking creations that boldly proclaim their difference.
Five Bvlgari watches out of six had already been pre-selected by the GPHG Jury, a unique occurrence making Bvlgari the Maison having received the most Jury votes for the 2019 edition.
As far as the Chronograph Watch Prize is concerned, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic – launched at Baselworld 2019 – is the fifth world record-breaking icon successively presented in five years by Bulgari, after the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (2014) the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater (2016), the Octo Finissimo Automatic (2017) and the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic (2018). It already won distinctions last October in SIAR (Mexico) as well as in London (Square Mile Watch Awards).
The Jewellery Watch Prize awarded by the GPHG to the Serpenti Misteriosi Romani celebrates a one-of-a-kind creation. This stunning exceptional model distils the Jeweller’s ultimate expertise into a sparkling cuff watch. Serpenti Misteriosi Romani is the most expensive high-end timepiece ever made, with a price tag of almost two million Euros. This “secret watch” comprises a vast number of precious stones: the head of the snake is adorned with a 10-carat Sri Lankan sapphire, while a total of more than 60 carats of diamonds and 35 carats of sapphires compose the snake’s body and scales. The magnificent creation echoes Bvlgari’s Roman roots, emblematic of ancient gladiators and antique jewels.
The discerning choices made by the Jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, regarded as the watch industry “Oscars”, represent a token of universal recognition.
Octo Finissimo Chronograph Gmt Automatic 103068
Mechanical in-house chronograph and GMT movement with automatic winding (peripheral oscillating weight) and small seconds - BVL 318 caliber (3.30mm thick). 55-hour power reserve; local timezone adjusted via the pushbutton at 9 o’clock
Case, dial and bracelet
42 mm extra-thin titanium case (6.90 mm thick) with transparent case back; titanium crown set with ceramic; sandblasted titanium dial; water-resistant to 30 meters. Sandblasted titanium bracelet with folding clasp.
Serpenti Misteriosi Romani 102987
Serpenti Misteriosi Romani High-Jewellery secret watch in 18kt white gold set with 1 cushion-cut sapphire (~10,83 cts), 674 buff-top cut sapphires (~32,49 cts), baguette and pavé-set diamonds (~63,33 cts) on the case, bracelet and dial. Pear-shaped sapphire eyes (~0,70 ct). Pavé-set diamond dial. Quartz movement, Bvlgari customized and adorned with the Bvlgari logo.