by Elizabeth Lowry
First things first: The Bvlgari Bvlgari Women’s BB26BSS/12N is made of stainless steel….and I’m a sucker for stainless steel. It doesn’t rust, tarnish or corrode. It’s as lustrous as silver, but is pretty much hassle-free as you don’t have to polish it. It’s close to impossible to have an allergic reaction to it. It can be sterilized. It doesn’t conduct electricity, turn funky colors or flake away. It doesn’t chip or scratch. It’s 100% recyclable…and it was used to build the top of the Chrysler building in Manhattan. You get the idea.
I am a particular fan of stainless steel watches because when I buy a timepiece (especially an expensive one), I don’t want to take it off. I want to be comfortable wearing it in the shower, swimming, at the gym and so on. I want a watch that is as functional as it is attractive…and this watch meets those criteria. This Bvlgari women’s watch sports a stainless steel bracelet that is seamlessly tapered and has a discreet folding clasp; two features that lend it a pleasantly feminine air. Some might find the dial a little bit small–the watch case is only 26mm–but the hour indicators are clearly marked with diamond indexes that provide a vivid, yet elegant contrast with the watch’s black dial. The dial is described as having a “clou de Paris treatment,” which (for those not in the know) means that the minutes on the dial are represented by tiny triangles known as “clous,” or literally “nails.”
The watch runs on a quartz movement and, the Bvlgari logo is stamped twice on the bezel. Personally, I could do without logos, but this one isn’t too ostentatious and you can’t really see it unless you look closely. The dial is what really draws your attention–which is as it should be. In addition to offering the hours and minutes, this watch also provides you with the date and is waterproof up to 30 meters, which is almost 100 feet.
The Bvlgari list price for this watch is $5,700, although it can probably be found for less from other authorized dealers. To me, this women’s watch is worth the price if you are looking for a timepiece that you can wear all the time in multiple contexts. For my money, it’s every bit as attractive and (possibly twice) as durable as watches that sell for twice the price.