After releasing the Octo Roma Worldtimer at Geneva Watch Days, Bvlgari is expanding on the notion of travel with the unveiling of the Bvlgari Aluminium GMT. Though leisure travel continues to be off the agenda for the considerable future, Bvlgari’s newest creation transports you to Rome to experience the boundless creativity that kickstarted the Bvlgari Aluminium phenomena.
First conceived in 1998, the Bvlgari Aluminium was a disruptive creation in the luxury watch industry that epitomises the Roman jeweller and watchmaker’s flair and expression. The case materials used — an aluminium case and rubber bezel — were unorthodox at that time. A black and white colour blocking gave it a highly graphic and modernist outlook, tipping it into the ultra-cool territory. Bvlgari took a step further with the Aluminium’s design as it was marketed as a genderless watch which resonated strongly with many. The Bvlgari Aluminium’s status as an icon was later confirmed when the Bvlgari Aluminium Chronograph was awarded the Iconic Watch Prize at the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Fast forward to 2021, Bvlgari opted for a blue colourway for the travel-centric Bvlgari Aluminium GMT as a reminder of the vast skies and oceans. The Bvlgari Aluminium GMT allows the owner to track two time zones namely, home and local time. The former is indicated by the traditional hour and minute hands while the latter utilises the GMT hand characterised by the red tip that corresponds to the bi-coloured 24-hour outer scale of the dial. Both colours are a nod to the livery of the Alitalia Boeing 747 jumbo jet with red signifying daytime and blue for night.
Despite the added functionality to the Bvlgari Aluminium GMT, it retains much of the original Aluminium DNA from the aluminium case and rubber bezel down to the case dimensions. One noteworthy improvement is the use of an automatic calibre which improves on the quartz version of the past. The B192 calibre is responsible for the various operations of the timepiece that can be controlled directly by the crown. The 100m water resistance is a welcome addition as well as it provides my security against occasional water exposure.
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