by Elizabeth Lowry
The Bvlgari Bvlgari Women’s BB26BGLD/N is new on the market and will no doubt be a crowd pleaser. This watch looks sensible, but sumptuous at the same time. The 18K yellow gold casing gleams like thick honey catching the light—and the bezel and the folding buckle on the strap are fashioned from the same honey-colored gold. The logo BVLGARI is stamped twice on the bezel; both above and below the dial. This watch seems to embody the mythos of Bvlgari in that it speaks of a European appreciation for longevity. Objects will remain in the world long after we are gone, so why not make them as beautiful as possible?
And the juxtaposition of gold and black is indeed striking. The watch’s dial is black and only two gold Arabic numerals are marked on it: the 12 and the 6. Remaining hour indexes are also represented in gold. The wrist strap is made of polished black alligator skin. Further, this 26mm Bvlgari creation displays hours, minutes and the date, and it has a quartz movement.
Pros: The gold in this watch is of excellent quality and is very attractive. A classic timepiece such as this one should indicate promising resale potential. The watch is also waterproof to the extent that you could shower in it, but that’s obviously not recommended!
Cons: The exclusively black and gold color scheme of this watch may cause it to be difficult to match up with a variety of outfits. Alligator skin is durable, but leather straps do tend to wear out and fade with persistent exposure to the sun. The hour indexes may also be a little difficult to see on this dial, particularly in bright sunlight.
A Bvlgari watch hardly belongs in a “throw-away” culture. It’s meant to be preserved. But what does that mean when it comes to actually wearing the watch itself? Of course the watch should be worn, but you probably don’t want to subject it to a lot of outdoor frolic, otherwise you’ll be looking to get it repaired far sooner than you might have anticipated. However, if you are not someone who subjects your watch to frequent beatings at the hands of the elements, something tells me that a Bvlgari timepiece under $9,000 has got to be a good buy.