Launched in 1998, with an off-white dial and black sub-counters, the Bulgari Aluminium was relaunched in 2020 and got off to a roaring (re)start, snagging the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève prize in the Iconic watch category right out the gate. Now available in a full-black version and fitted with a new chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre B381, the Bulgari Aluminium re-edition went on to snap up the Red Dot Best of the Best 2023 award for “innovations both in the materials and technology [giving] the silhouette a more contemporary look”.
Packed in a 41mm case, instead of the previous 40mm, the timepiece is crafted from 6028-aluminium alloy and FKM rubber, while the crown and chronograph pushers are made of DLC-coated titanium. The black rubber bezel bears the double BVLGARI inscription, lending a sportier energy to the ensemble, which is carried through by the black rubber strap.
Set to become a summertime staple, the 40mm Capri Edition is available in chronograph and time-only versions, in a limited series of 1,000 pieces each; the former runs on Calibre B130, and the latter on Calibre B77. The duo translate the deep blue of the Mediterranean into an alluring shaded dial, and the personalised caseback comes engraved with an image of the Faraglioni of Capri, the coastal rock formations in the Bay of Naples. In a nod to the aquatic theme, it’s water resistant to 100m.
Match Point Edition
Designed with tennis enthusiasts in mind, the Match Point Edition carries numerous references to the tennis: the caseback engraving, the deep green bezel and strap that reflect verdant grass courts; the dial, for tennis whites; and the fluorescent yellow accents on the second hand. In a limited series of 800 pieces, this reference is powered by the Calibre B77 self-winding mechanical movement, and features a left-hand crown and velcro strap for comfort and convenience.