Bulgari unveils the Carillon Tourbillon, Daniel Roth collection

At the 2015 Baselworld expo, Bulgari unveiled a new version of the Carillon Tourbillon watch. The new iteration features a slimmer pink gold case and subtly reworked design to deliver enhanced legibility, while maintaining the signature characteristics of its original design.

Technical and aesthetics skills

The term “Grande Complication” might have been specifically invented for the new Carillon Tourbillon, Daniel Roth Collection, a three-hammer timepiece playing a three-note tune and which admirably epitomises the qualities one expects from such a model.

Qualities such as beauty, purity and precision are indeed the very values that have governed the development and production of this standout creation entirely crafted in the workshops of the Manufacture Bulgari.

Calling upon the full range of technical and aesthetic skills for this Carillon Tourbillon, the Swiss master-watchmakers have also left plenty of scope for Italian inspiration, the guiding force behind Bulgari creations and notably evidenced in the profile with a refined architecture exuding a particularly powerful presence.

Among the subtle elements a watch may offer, one of the rarest is the carillon function for striking watches. This term defines a striking mechanism playing at least three notes. To achieve this, the Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon uses three hammers – one of the most refined and therefore most uncommon configurations. The Bulgari watches have lavished infinite care on making them as slender as possible so as to ensure the most delicate and melodious of sounds.

The energy stored by the watch is distributed to this impressively sophisticated movement, built around the most prestigious regulating organ: the Tourbillon. The mechanical hand-wound Manufacture Calibre DR3300 comprises 327 parts artfully arranged around the large tourbillon carriage. The two horological complications – the tourbillon and the carillon featuring an exceptionally pleasing chime – are entirely complementary. A true marvel of ingenuity and a token of watchmaking prowess that delivers the mechanical power through two barrels. One keeps the striking mechanism running and is automatically rewound when the latter is armed, while the other guarantees a minimum 75-hour power reserve.

The gongs of the Carillon Tourbillon are delicately fashioned in several successive stages. These entirely hand-crafted special-shaped gongs serve to achieve a perfect and absolutely identical sound quality. Finally, the architecture of Calibre 3300, the cut-out of the bridges and the positioning of the various parts are designed to be original, contemporary and contrasting so as to reveal the finesse and beauty of the mechanism.

Stunning architecture

Alternating between polished steel parts – hammer, gongs, tourbillon carriage – and openworked surfaces, the finely decorated mainplate and bridges are given an elegant NAC surface treatment, an alloy exclusively composed of noble metals: platinum, rhodium, ruthenium and indium. As always at Bulgari, beauty stems from order and architecture.

This new version of the Carillon Tourbillon watch provides a fresh interpretation of this exceptional model, featuring a slimmer pink gold case and subtly reworked to deliver enhanced legibility, while maintaining the signature characteristics of its original design, notably including the minute-repeater slide on the left-hand side of the case.

More rigorously restrained than ever and graced with clean-cut, straight hour-markers, this highly contemporary new version sheds the complex ornamentation of its predecessor to achieve greater maturity, elegance and finesse. The facetted sapphire crystal globe ensures even more precise readings and avoids any glinting – resulting in an extremely pure watch in which everything seems infinitely simple and perfectly accomplished.

Eloquent proof that a Grande Complication model deserves to be endowed with the very finest qualities. To discover more timepieces, visit our Watches category.

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