Bvlgari Assioma Mens White Gold Watch AAW48WGL

Bvlgari Assioma Mens White Gold Watch AAW48WGL by Elizabeth Lowry

 

Although I am not keen on the idea of gold watches for men, I can make an exception for white gold, perhaps because it looks very much like silver. In addition to white gold, this Bulgari Assioma men’s watch includes a white guilloche dial. To those who are not familiar with the term, guilloche is a form of very delicate mechanical engraving, typically reflecting a geometric or architectural pattern. The dial features only two Arabic numerals (12 and 6), while the other hours are indicated by silvery indexes. Further, the pale watch face and 18 karat white gold casing on this 48 mm timepiece are set off beautifully by a black alligator strap. The bezel on this watch is square in shape, softened by curving lines above and below the dial. The section of the casing to the right and left of the dial are textured, but no Bulgari logo appears on this timepiece other than discreetly on the dial itself.

Pros: This watch has a 72 power reserve, which is unusually large. It also boasts a power reserve indicator and will keep track of seconds as well as hours and minutes.

Possible cons: For some consumers, the fact that this watch is mechanical with manual winding may present a problem as it needs frequent attention. However, traditionalists may enjoy engaging with their watch in this manner—and may find it interesting to compare their watch’s performance with that of other models. On the plus side, a mechanical self-winding movement is rarer (and therefore more exclusive) than an automatic movement. Be aware that if a mechanical watch remains unworn (and unwound) for a couple of days, its power will begin to dwindle and will need to be re-started. Again, for mechanical movement enthusiasts, this will not come as an unwelcome surprise, but people who are used to quartz movements may find it frustrating. Further, although leather straps are beautiful, they require attention. They shouldn’t get wet and must be carefully cleaned. Alligator straps are not water-friendly, so if your strap gets dirty you will have to try to clean it without using water. The color of the strap will also fade with excessive exposure to the sun and may become brittle in hot dry climates.

Keep in mind that luxury watches are often considered to be works of art rather than practical time-keepers. For this reason, I would say that the $ 24, 800 price tag on this watch is worth it only for those who appreciate fine workmanship and artistry over pure functionality.

Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AA48C14SLD

This particular Bvlgari Assioma men’s watch has a retro early 1960s era feel to it that is evocative of French New Wave Cinema. In addition to its masculine aspect, this 48 mm automatic timepiece also boasts an attractive anthracite dial. For those not in the know, anthracite is a form of extra-shiny mineral coal. Harder, denser, and more expensive than regular coal, anthracite can be found in charcoal briquettes because it provides a relatively clean burn. Anthracite is a good choice for a watch dial both because of its durability and texture. It also happens to provide an attractive contrast to a black alligator strap. The stainless steel casing on this watch is squarish in shape, which lends to its unique, yet classic appearance. It is easy to picture Jean Paul Belmondo or Jean Seberg wearing the Bvlgari Assioma AA48C14SLD while drinking café au lait in a sidewalk café.

Pros: As stainless steel is so durable, I would consider a stainless steel casing to be a pro. The movement on this watch is mechanical with automatic winding, which means that it doesn’t require too much maintenance in terms of time keeping, but it will probably need to be re-wound every once in a while. Watch connoisseurs may see this feature as a pro, while others will no doubt find re-winding to be tedious.

Possible cons: As far as I am concerned, an alligator strap can often be considered a con. Alligator (as with all leather) is likely to fade unevenly and will grow brittle in hot dry climates. Further, it is not waterproof, which means that you would have to be sure to take it off every time you shower or swim. The watch claims a 42 hour power reserve, which is decent—but other Bulgari models have far larger power reserves of up to 72 hours. Keep in mind also that an automatic movement has its drawbacks as well as its advantages. Although an automatic movement means that a watch’s hands move very smoothly, gliding from one index to the next, consumers find that sometimes the smoothness of that movement detracts from the timepiece’s overall accuracy

At $4000, this is one of Bvlgari’s more reasonably priced watches and it is not available for purchase online, which suggests that it may be one of their less popular models. If you like a watch that’s a little unusual, this one might just be worth the price.

Bvlgari Assioma Mens 18kt Gold Watch AA39C13GLD

Written by Joshua Dhyani

Bvlgari is known for making some very high-end watches and the Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AA39C13GLD is no exception. This exquisite timepiece features some of the most luxurious features a watch could possibly have. If you are looking for a high end watch with all the signs of wealth imaginable and included, then this may very well be the watch for you.

Let’s start with the gold. Gold is a symbol of wealth–it has been so for a very long time and will continue to be for a long time to come. So when it comes to making a luxury watch of course gold should be included. Well, this watch has got it. An 18 karat yellow gold case to be exact. And this is classic style here, none of that white gold, but the dazzling and awing yellow gold as it ought to be. Like I said, a classic sign of wealth.

Next, there is the watch strap. Metal links are very cumbersome, anyone who is anyone is going to have a solid strap, and it is going to be animal skin right? Furthermore, it can’t just be leather, no if we’re going luxury, then it should be all the way. That is why the Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AA39C13GLD features the very indulgent alligator band, so that the reined gentleman can enjoy the feeling of gator against his wrist. Now that is luxury. Oh, I almost forgot that that three blades folding buckle is 18kt gold is well. Because if you’re going to secure gator to your wrist, you best be using gold.

Now you may be thinking, now this is a luxury watch, it has got the gold, the gator, but something is missing…hold the phone, is that an ivory color dial? Yes. Yes it is. Because nothing says luxury like the color of elephant tusk. Now what more could you possibly ask for from a Bvlgari Assioma Quartz watch? Nothing, thats what.

If we’re going to be fair, we have to look at the negatives as well. First, if you’re not into the animal motif then this is definitely not the watch for you. Also, many people do opt for the stainless steel and white gold look nowadays, but this watch stands in stark contrast to this sensibility. This is not a watch for the quiet and meek however. This watch just screams power, it has all the signs it needs to do so.

So, in conclusion get this watch  if you want a luxury item featuring yellow gold and alligator.

Avoid this watch if you are looking for something quaint and sensible.

 

Bvlgari Assioma Men’s Watch AA39C14SLD Review

By: Kevin Hatton

Bvlgari’s Assioma men’s watch AA39C14SLD has a rounded squarish 38 mm case made of stainless steel with a push in type crown. The blue dial is marked my large lines indicating hours with a large “12” and a “6” in their respective positions with blunt arrow shaped hour and minute hands, there is no seconds hand. A small calendar date window rests at the 3 o’clock position. The dial and its Swiss made parts quartz movement is protected by a scratch resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal held in place by a stainless steel fixed bezel. The 8 inch black alligator leather strap is secured with a fold over clasp. The whole thing is water proof up to 30 meters or 99 feet. This watch retails in the neighborhood of $3,000.

Bvlgari is certainly known for quality craftsmanship so the durability and accuracy of this particular timepiece is not being called into question, however the design is. Simply put, it’s a boring watch. It looks boring and lacks features to add any kind of appeal. The plus side is the plain design prevents the watch from being gaudy or outlandish making it a flexible option open to any sort of wardrobe. However, the simplicity in this case does harm to its overall value. It leans away from the luxurious jewelry-esque design model without compensating with practical functionality. It isn’t even all that attractive from a jewelry standpoint.

While it would probably go with any outfit it fails to impress in any way. At the list price of  $3,600 this watch leaves much to be desired. It becomes apparent when considering the lack of function or the typical indulgent extravagance of fancy metals or precious gems that essentially you are just paying for the Bvlgari name. That may be enough, the assumption of quality by a reputable watch maker might justify the cost of this particular one given that it has an everyday casual quality. It may even be desirable to have a lack of features to avoid boisterousness and that is a quality you will most assuredly get with this timepiece. There is definitely not a lot to show off, with the exception of the Bvlgari name etched into the nice looking dial and on the stainless steel case. If you can afford to drop over two grand for a watch this one is probably not the best choice. There are definitely more attractive options that may even offer more functionality. Keep shopping.