Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AAP48BGL by Elizabeth Lowry
This Assioma men’s watch may indeed be attractive to some, but I’ll be honest: I am not a fan of gold watches on men—at least not on men under the age of 65. There seems to be something dated (rather than classic) and outmoded (rather than retro) about a gold man’s watch—even when the gold is more or less limited to the watch’s 48mm casing and folding buckle. However, this is merely a personal preference. To be fair, some men may find this watch appropriate to their needs and consistent with their style.This Assioma creation includes a black dial that is easy to read at a glance. There are Arabic numerals at 12 and 6, and the indexes are clearly marked. Further, a distinguishing feature of the dial on the Bulgari Assioma’s AAP48BGL is its guilloche effect. To those who are not familiar with this term, guilloche is a form of very delicate mechanical engraving, typically reflecting a geometric or architectural pattern. Also, some consumers may appreciate the fact that the bezel on this watch is slimmer and subtler than many Bulgari bezels and forms a square, softened at the corners by a curving gold frame.
Pros: This watch has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours as well as a power reserve indicator.
Cons: A mechanical watch with manual winding needs a great deal of attention as it has to be re-wound and re-set frequently. If this watch is not worn for a couple of days, its power will gradually peter out. Watch enthusiasts and traditionalists may welcome this feature, but others may find it to be cumbersome. For watch connoisseurs, a frequent ritual of winding and setting will not come as a surprise, but people who are used to quartz movements (rather than the more traditional mechanical ones) may find this activity tedious. In short, this watch is made in the old-fashioned way. The old-fashioned way is certainly
respectable, and there is much to be admired about precise traditional workmanship, but contemporary consumers may have more appreciation for a watch that is somewhat more practical.
At $23,600, this is definitely not a watch to risk buying as a gift, unless you are certain you know what the man in question likes. If you are buying this watch for yourself and are aware of the responsibilities that it entails, you may be intrigued by its workmanship.