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 Womens Watch AAW36D1WL

Bvlgari Assioma Womens Watch AAW36D1WL by Elizabeth Lowry

Diamonds are forever. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Or as Mae West once said, “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” It seems as if everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Dolly Parton has had something to say about diamonds….and we’ve all heard a lot of hype about them, but when it comes to cliches, this Bulgari Assioma women’s watch certainly doesn’t fit the bill. With a sparkling line of diamonds framing a mother-of-pearl dial on the left and right, this timepiece is nothing if not distinctive looking. If you are not too dazzled by the glittering gems, you will see that the bezel on this watch is stamped with the Bulgari logo above and below the dial and includes only no numerals; simply small silver-gold indexes. This timepiece also features a white gold casing and an ardillon buckle. For those not in the know, an ardillon buckle is also referred to as a “thumbnail” buckle—although, when discussing a luxury watch, the French word tends to sound a bit more sophisticated. The truth is that an ardillon or thumbnail buckle is simply a basic buckle that curves in the direction of your wrist as you fasten your watch. An another interesting feature of this watch is the fact that the strap is made of what Bulgari calls “technological satin.” This is basically a synthetic material that looks just like satin but is a lot more durable.

Pros: In my view, the fact that this watch has a quartz movement is a huge plus, as quartz requires little to no maintenance. It is about as reliable as you can get.

Cons: The mother-of-pearl dial may mean that the time is hard to read in bright light, particularly since there is no mention of an anti-reflective treatment on the watch’s crystal. Further, this watch only has a minute and hour hand, meaning that if you like to count seconds, this watch is probably not for you. It is also unlikely that this watch is waterproof, so you will need to remember to remove it before bathing.

This watch seems to be a dress watch, and as such, its manufacturers probably does not expect it to be worn every day. Definitely keep this in mind before you decide whether or not you are prepared to spend the $17,800.

Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AAP48BGL

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.

Bvlgari Assioma Womens Watch AAP26BGG

Is this Bvlgari Assioma women’s watch actually a timepiece in its own right or a golden bracelet that just happens to tell the time? I like the ambiguity of this pink gold creation. There is something appealing about the idea of secretly wearing a watch—of looking as if one has no concern for time, yet being able to keep track of it. This Bvlgari Assioma timepiece could very easily be mistaken for a simple, yet sophisticated piece of jewelry. In essence, it is watch disguised as an 18 karat pink gold bracelet. What’s not to like? It can be worn with an evening gown without looking out of place—and it also could probably be worn for less formal occasions as a means by which to “dress up” an outfit. The black dial on this watch is small and discreet—so discreet that if the bracelet is turned around so that the dial sits on the inside of the wearer’s wrist, one need not know that it is there at all. Further, the bezel on this watch is stamped with the Bvlgari logo above and below the dial and includes only two numerals; an Arabic 12 and 6. The bracelet itself is made of closely set gold links.

Pros: In my view, the fact that this watch has a quartz movement is a huge plus, as quartz requires little to no maintenance. A quartz movement is about as reliable as you can get. I also like the way that this watch presents as a bracelet with the added bonus of a discreet watch-face.

Possible cons: Because the watch face is so discreet and because the indexes are so small, consumers may find it hard to read. But then again, this is not exactly the kind of watch that you would be wearing for time-keeping at the Grand Prix. For some consumers, another con might be that gold is a soft metal, meaning that the bracelet may scratch easily. There is also no mention of water resistance or of the durability of the crystal covering the dial.

Is this watch worth its $17700 price tag? I would say that if you are a bracelet-person who likes pink gold jewelry and attends lots of formal events, this watch could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Furthermore, if you choose to wear this timepiece only for formal occasions, the reliability of a quartz movement should work in your favor.

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.