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 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 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.
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.
Written by: Stacy McCullough You need a watch that speaks to you. And a watch that speaks to others about you. When you wear it, people know you are a fashionista, a woman who knows quality and how to properly display it. One company that knows high-end pieces like this is Bvlgari. The Bvlgari Assioma D Women’s Watch AA31WGG is a lovely luxury piece that adds elegance to anyone.
The Assioma was designed to recreate the simple demure of the 1950’s. Bvgarli did this by forming the watch out of a beautiful 18k yellow gold. Both the case and band glimmer against any light because of the high quality gold. The watch dial is white with a sapphire crystal face over it. Sapphire is scratch resistant, so you can count on your AA31WGG model to keep in prime condition. The gold case back is screwed in for safety and the entire case is only 1.22 inches in diameter. This dainty size makes it look lovely on any frame type. The band has a seven-inch strap that can be adjusted by removing links to fit your wrist. And the hidden folding clasp creates an even more elegant piece because the eye never meets a spot on the watch it doesn’t like. Plus, the clasp will make sure it never falls off! The Assioma is made in Switzerland, so you can be assured the time will always be extremely accurate due to their high quality Quartz movement. The bezel is also made from 18k gold and for added comfort, the crown pushes in. While the Assioma quartz yellow gold watch is waterproof up to 99 feet, it is not suggested you wear it in water. At a retail price of $21,800, this is not a watch you want to accidentally ruin.
- High polish finish
- 24 month warranty
- High quality
- Well thought out design
- Extremely expensive
- No date feature
Bvlgari’s Assioma D line of watches is made to represent Diva, Donna or women, and diamonds. If you like this watch, but aren’t sure it is the right one for you be sure to check out some of their similar designs such as the AAP26BGG, AAP31GG and AA26WGDIG. But the AA31WGG is no exception to Bvlgari’s luxury. This watch is obviously not meant for everyone because of its high cost. But if you have the money and want a classic, simple accessory with function, the Assioma is definitely a good option for you.