The Bulgari Papillon Chronograph watch has maintained a one-of-a-kind approach to short-time measurement of its predecessor. The central part of the dial demonstrates the minutes read off via an innovative mechanical device found on a bearing disc. The disc makes a full 360-degree rotation in two hours. It has two independent pivoting lozenge hands in turn gliding across a 180-degree segment with a graduated scale from 00 to 60 minutes.
The first hand is found on the semi-circular segment. Its tip is pointing to the minutes. The second hand stays retracted almost throughout the disc rotation. When the first hand gets to the 55th minute on the display segment, the second hand extends through a gradual quarter-turn to be positioned parallel to the first hand on the 00 minute indication. The moment the minutes restart from zero, the first hand progressively retracts and stays in such position for the 55 minutes to come.
The heart of the Bulgari Papillon Chronograph watch is the DR Calibre 2319, created by the manufacture. It represents an integrated Frederic Piguet mechanical self-winding chronograph movement with column-wheel and vertical coupling clutch, as well as a unique Daniel Roth complication module. Operating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the 38-jewel movement gives advantage of a 38-hour power reserve.
The movement boasts fine finishing, with circular graining on the mainplate and chronograph bridge, and Cotes-de-Geneve pattern on the bridge of the self-winding mechanism. The bridges are chamfered and polished, along with the screw heads. The steel movement parts that are open to view are satin-brushed, chamfered and polished.
The double-ellipse case of the new Bulgari watch is sculptured in rose gold. The case features a slightly cambered profile, offering supreme comfort on the wrist. The case-construction is 30-meter water-resistant. The split-level dial is shielded by a domed antiglare sapphire crystal. The dial demonstrates alternating white-lacquered and black gold satin-brushed surfaces.
The Bulgari Papillon Chronograph watch is secured to the wrist on an alligator leather strap fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp in rose gold.
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