The athletic aesthetic is added to with vulcanized rubber straps making for easy access and removal, with the strap also suitable for swimming too. Certainly, there is a SuperLuminova on all of the dial elements too, which is to be expected from any high end dive watch such as this.The automatic, in house movement - the calibre BVL 191 - boasts a 42-hour power reserve, ceramic ball bearings and 26 jewels. This watch comes in a wide range of shades from subdued blacks and dark blues to much bolder white, orange and yellow hues.
Indeed, the simple aesthetic of this watch is the real strength of the Bulgari Diagono. With water resistance to 300 m, this is a serious piece of kit that performs as great as it looks. Within, the movement is barely audible and there can be no doubting the skill with which all Bulgari Diagono watches have been crafted.
Blending its Roman heritage with Swiss watchmaking knowledge, Bulgari is special amid brands in the haute horlogerie industry. Initially a jeweller, the brand pushed into watchmaking later in life and today, Bulgari products are renowned for their bold styles and their use of luxurious stones. Indeed, this is a nod to the brand’s jewellery roots and through a relocation to Switzerland, this esteemed Maison has developed into a company producing some of the globe’s very finest extra thin complication watches, a certification of excellence in the watchmaking community.
Bulgari was created in Italy when Greek keweller Sotirio Bulgari first opened a store in Via Sistina in Rome all the way back in 1884. His sons, the Bulgari brothers, would make the brand a huge success in the early 20th century with their commitment and passion for precious stones and jewellery. Then, at the culmination of WWII, Bulgari became synonymous with Italy’s elites and the Dolce Vita years which would soon follow. Indeed, the brand was a favourite for film stars of the calibre of Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, whose careers were tied intimately with Italian culture.
Bvlgari Watches Go International
Bulgari began an international campaign to expand in the 1970’s with their first inroads into watchmaking. The first Bulgari timepiece was the Bulgari-Bulgari, launched in 1977 only three years before the brand established Bulgari Time in Switzerland.
Bulgari slowly gained the respect of the Swiss watchmaking community by producing expertly made timepieces at its highly advanced HQ. By merging with a range of established Swiss horology companies, Bulgari was able to launch its first mechanical movement designed, created and put together in-house in 2010.
All in all, the Bulgari Diagono is an iconic wristwatch that continues to look as good today is it did upon release some years ago. Through an athletic aesthetic and a truly special commitment to both exterior design and interior performance, the Bulgari Diagono is a luxury watch that ticks all the boxes for day to day wear whilst remaining suitable for the most formal of occasions.