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  • Manufacturer: Bulgari
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: SP P 26 G
    Case No: VH 299
    Model Name: Serpenti
    Material: 18k pink gold, diamonds, enamel and mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold, diamond and enamel-set Bulgari bangle, 45 mm. inner width
    Dimensions: 16 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Bulgari setting pin, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: Another of example of the present model is featured on the wrist of Milla Jovovich on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. The photograph is published in Bulgari Serpenti Collection.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Established in 1884, Bulgari was initially known for its silverware and decorative objects. The first snake jewels can be found in the Archives of Bulgari dated back in the 1940s. As styles have changed over the years, Bulgari designs have evolved. The Bulgari snake, became instantly famous when Elizabeth Taylor wore on the set of Cleopatra in Rome in 1962.

    Lavishly set with diamonds and enamel, this Bulgari snake crafted from pink gold, is a modern interpretation of the world famous Bulgari Snake bangle watch.

  • Artist Biography



    Originally from Kalarites, Greece, Sotirios Voulgaris emigrated to Rome because of Greece's rising poverty and difficulty separating from the Ottoman Empire. He set foot on Italian soil in 1880 with little money in his pocket and spent the next four years preparing what would go on to become Italy's oldest jewelry company. 

    In 1884, Bulgari opened its doors to the Italian people with its offering of jewelry and accessories. Bulgari's style takes from traditions in Greek and Roman craftsmanship to elegantly balance volume and subtlety. Later, in the late 1960s, Bulgari bridged classicism and modernity by introducing its seductive, now-iconic Serpenti collection of snake-shaped coil bracelets and watches. It is through its meticulous combination of influences that Bulgari has garnered an international and loyal high-profile clientele, which included Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. These Hollywood stars have immortalized the house's unique gem-adorned bracelets, necklaces and earrings in rounded forms. 

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Ref. SP P 26 G
A lady's very fine, rare and highly unusual pink gold, diamond and enamel-set bangle watch with mother-of-pearl dial

Circa 2013
16 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$460,000 - 600,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am