Bulgari - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE Hong Kong Monday, November 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Bulgari
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: BJ02
    Case No: G 526
    Model Name: Alveare
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Bulgari bangle, inner width 55 mm.
    Dimensions: 16 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Bulgari International Guarantee dated 27 April 1998 and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Alveare watch reflects Bulgari's Greco-Roman heritage. While the intricate gold design conjures up an image of the opulent Hellenistic era, the dial is set with beautiful pavé work that could only be accomplished in the modern day period.

    In fantastic condition, the present watch perfectly blends the iconography of antiquity with the craftsmanship of modern day joaillerie horlogerie.

  • 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. BJ02
A lady's fine yellow gold and diamond-set bangle watch

Circa 1998
16 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am