Written by: Cathy Tenzo.
Are you looking for a watch that makes a statement, all while looking sophisticated and sporty? Look no further than the BVLGARI BVLGARI Chrono Automatic Men’s Watch BB42WGLDCH. This luxury timepiece features the iconic double logo engraved on the bezel, a fashion instituted by BVLGARI, and much imitated by other luxury watchmakers.
- 18 kt yellow gold case
- White dial accented with the “clou de Paris” treatment
- 3 dials displaying hours, minutes, and seconds
- Date window
- Alligator watchband with gold buckle
- Sapphire, scratch-resistant crystal
- Waterproof to 30 meters (100 feet)
- 42-hour power reserve
- Chronograph automatic movement
- Made in Switzerland with the highest Swiss watchmaking standards
- Retails for $19,100
The BVLGARI BVLGARI Chrono Automatic Men’s Watch is a solid timepiece, made of high-quality materials, to the highest standards. The bezel has an attractive two-toned ring, with part of the lettering highlighted by a black background. The dial is decorated with an elegant and very masculine background pattern known as the “clou de Paris” treatment. For those of you who don’t speak jewelry design language, that means a repeat of many small pyramids, which helps to keep the watch face from appearing too fussy or feminine. The band is made of alligator leather, and three small dials are arranged across the bottom half of the timepiece to display the hours, minutes and seconds for those of you who are particularly detail-oriented. It’s even waterproof to 100 feet.
This watch would be a great option for the man who wants to sport a recognized luxury brand on his wrist with a little extra functionality. Since BVLGARI has its origins as a jeweler, the watch makes a bold statement both as a piece of jewelry and as a timepiece. The company works with Swiss watchmakers to make sure that the watch isn’t just a pretty object but also functions as a precision instrument. That said, the watch is a little flashy. Some reviewers of BVLGARI watches have claimed that the designs are a little vulgar, but this is a matter of personal style.
The three dials are fun and useful, but some users may find that they clutter the display. BVLGARI’s got you covered–if you like this design but wish the dials weren’t there, you can get the BVLGARI BVLGARI Chrono BB42WGLDAUTO. If you’d prefer something with a little more contrast but love the dials, you can get the BVLGARI BVLGARI Chrono Automatic Men’s Watch BBP42BPGLDCH, which has a black dial and a pink gold case. A man makes a very personal fashion statement with his wristwatch, and only he can decide what he wants that statement to be. That said, this is a very expensive statement to make. The watch retails for $19,100, so a man who likes this kind of watch but cannot afford it can get a similar watch in the Fossil Ansel Men’s Leather Watch Brown FS4639 which retails for $135. It has a faux crocodile leather band, and a gunmetal finish, but the design is very similar to the BVLGARI watch at a significant savings.
- Heavy, like a Rolex, so it’s substantial
- Well-made, with Swiss precision
- Recognized status symbol
- Iconic design
- Waterproof to 100 feet
- Heavy, like a Rolex, so it may take some getting used to
- Often counterfeited, so people may assume that yours is not the real thing (note that genuine watches have unique serial numbers registered with BVLGARI)
- Watch face can be hard to read with so many dials and displays
The BVLGARI BVLGARI Chrono Automatic Men’s Watch BB42WGLDCH is an investment, but so is any fine piece of jewelry. When you buy it, you can feel comfortable that you will get a high-quality timepiece that will accent your look and serve you for years to come.