When a timepiece is truly made right, it also makes the man who wears it. At least that’s what comes to mind when you behold the Bvlgari Sotirio Men’s Watch SBP42BGLAC.
This classic two-toned 18kt pink gold case with a vertical-patterned black dial steals your attention effortlessly. The design is a classic one with a pink-gold Roman numeral at the 12 o’clock position and notches on all others. Another pink-gold arch splays the days of the month, which are indicated with a red-arrowed hand. Above, two smaller arches display both the month and day of the week. Banded with black alligator skin that fits with comfort and closes with an 18kt pink-gold ardillon buckle, this watch leaves no detail unfinished.
The Bvlgari Men’s SBP42BGLAC is perhaps one of the finest of the Bvlgari Sotirio collection, which is focused on combining classic and formal elegance with contemporary design. Putting style and distinction first, none in the collection uses a pronounced logo and all of the cases are specifically designed for a refined finish with direct lug integration.
18kt pink gold case
42 mm scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Black alligator band
Month and day windows
Date indicator hand
30 meter (99 feet) water resistance
Swiss automatic movement with power reserve
Listing at $45,400 in the Bvlgari online catalog, this watch isn’t for faint of heart. It’s a piece of fine jewelry that’s been intricately designed for men seeking the fashionable elegance Bvlgari’s known for. The model is available for considerable discount online, where I was able to find it listed for $35,412. But there are a great deal of Sotirio models priced somewhat lower. The model featured on the right is listed for about half as much in the catalog. And online it’s priced for just under $14,000.
Whether the Bvlgari Sotirio SBP42BGLAC is the luxury watch for you is more a question of style than quality. This Swiss-made timepiece really combines high quality craftsmanship with gorgeous materials. The 42 mm dial is about medium in size, so that could be a consideration if you need something smaller or oversized. In terms of style, I tend to gravitate toward watches with minimal detail, so I’m not sure the difference in price would be worth it for me. But there’s no doubt some men will prefer its stylish center arches and, of course, its high-end appeal.
Last week in Cape Town, the “round the world” Volvo Ocean Race crowned its victors of the first of eight legs in the globe-spanning trek, the crew of the Camper run by Emirates Team New Zealand. This twenty-four hour challenge was sponsored in part by IWC Schaffhausen, the Swiss watchmakers who have been established in the world of timepieces since 1868.
IWC sponsors the Laureus Foundation and all of its many offshoots; the Laureus World Sports Academy and the South African Laureus project both sent down teams to participate in the weekend portion of the event. IWC played the role of official time keepers for this Volvo Open 70 class race – the fastest class of what are called “monohull” boats that there are.
The race will end in Galway, Ireland once the eight month race comes to a close and the crew that has the fastest overall time (not necessarily the winners of the competition) will receive Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” watches to commemorate their “timely” arrival. This titanium watch is the epitome of what the IWC stands for when one considers the great strides they have made on the world front; it is yet another endorsement for the Laureus Foundation, a prize for the winners of an international race – the first race which has ever had a middle-eastern port – and a way to fund an event that people from around the globe have been enjoying for weeks.
For those that are curious as to the sports watch that will be the prize of the special event IWC is sponsoring, the Portuguese model is water resistant to six bar, comes with a flyback function, and has a second knob to adjust the time down to the quarter-second for precision and making the difficult calls in timed-trials. It has a sixty-eight-hour power reserve and is accented in a sleek, stylish carbon-black. It is designed with all of the precision of nautical instruments, and so is an elegant and highly appropriate reward for excellence and sportsmanship on the open seas.
Further details on the Volvo race and the prize Portuguese watch can be found on IWC’s website where you can watch the progress as the second leg of the race begins. The teams will be leaving Cape Town and headed for the sheltering port of Abu Dhabi, whose competing team was unfortunately forced to drop out in the first leg of the journey.
February 2010 – Baume Mercier has announced the Baume Mercier Classima Executives XL #8869 model with its high-end movement and elegant rounded-case design for the metropolitan man. Traditional watch making at its best, this modest yet classy timepiece boasts a portal window at the 12 o’clock position displaying the gorgeous inner workings of the watch and at 6 o’clock is a pie-shaped portal showing the power reserve with an 18 carat red gold hand marker.
The face is done in multiple finishes making one want to take a second look. The inner circle is done in silver “grain d’orge” guilloche design.
The next circle is a smooth silver finish with Roman numerals at 12H, 3H, and 9H and indices marking the remaining hours. Arabic numerals are used on the outer dial to show the minutes.
An open exhibition back is adorned with the Cotes de Geneve on the mechanical self-winding movement which also showcases the blued steel screws and circular-grained bridges under the protection of a sapphire crystal. The iconic Phi symbol can be found on the crown.
The larger steel case measures in at 42mm. Completing the look is a black alligator strap. Water resistant to 30 meters, this piece is simply elegant.
Equipped with sophisticated functions movement, this generously proportioned model comes in a 44m fluted stainless steel case. The recessed tri-compass matte-finished dial layout displays chronograph sub-dials; at 3 o’clock for minutes, at 6 o’clock for hours and at 9 o’clock for small seconds.
Skeletanized hour and minute hands as well as indices are coated with SuperlumiNova allowing for clear viewing in low-light visibility. The chronograph pushers are angled to protect the screw-down winding crown and case back minimizing water, dust and other damaging elements.
The intricate workings of the Swiss self-winding mechanical ETA-based caliber movement are on display through the triangular portal on the back casing protected by a sapphire crystal. The date is displayed within the sub-dial at 6 o’clock. With a power reserve of 48 hours it is also water resistant to 200 meters.
A durable vulcanized black rubber strap embellished with three grooves and a folding clasp in black PVD-treated stainless steel display the iconic “Phi” symbol of Baume & Mercier completing the look.
Combining excellent watch making craftsmanship and high tech materials with simple rugged design Baume & Mercier announces the Classima XXL #8853. New to the market in 2010 this larger sized fluted case 44mm watch is handsomely done in black satin-finished and sand-blasted PVD coated stainless steel.
Accentuated by profiled push buttons it features self-winding movement. It has an industrial feel to it with riveted “appliqué” rhodium-plated SuperLuminova hands and indices providing clear viewing in dimly lit circumstances.
The screw-down crown with the Phi symbol adorning it ensures water resistance to 200m making it perfectly safe for a spontaneous dip in the pool. The date is displayed at 6 o’clock for easy viewing with the chronograph sub-dial at 3 o’clock and the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
The strap is vulcanized black rubber with an adjustable triple folding buckle adding to the simple yet elegant design. The case back has a triangular shaped opening revealing the oscillating weight adorned with “Cotes de Geneve”. Anti-glare sapphire crystal protects the front and back of the piece.
Combining ruggedness and virile boldness the Classima line of watches is sure to please any urban dweller. Classic yet current, this look will please todays metropolitan man in both the business world and on urban adventures.