November 3, 2011
The new Bulgari Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar, Daniel Roth Collection, definitely lives up to its reputation of intricate and astounding aesthetics. It boasts a 923-part movement that sounds the Westminster chime while also providing full calendar indications. It comes fully cased in Pink Gold with the crown at 9 o’clock for time adjustments; strike/silence and Grande & Petite Sonnerie selectors at 10 and 7 o’clock respectively, minute repeater pusher at 9 o’clock. The dials are made of 18-carat pink gold with alternating lacquered finish, opaline anthracite & snailed surface treatment, openworking; semi-transparent sapphire discs indicating the days and months. Bulgari also claims this watch to be in the 10 most complicated watches ever presented (we’ll need to look into that more closely). It is undoubtedly a majestic looking watch, with the sounds of the Westminster chime making it a desirable object for the serious watch connoisseur.