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BULGARI MINUTE REPEATER WITH 3 NOTES
Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo
The Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo, available in extremely limited numbers, with the white titanium case version in only 10 (ten) pieces, and the pink gold (or rose gold) case version in 20 (twenty) pieces, are therefore genuinely limited edition watches. As a full minute repeater with detent escapement, the watch and its DR7301 caliber movement is only marginally more complicated than the story of its production: a story of how a Daniel Roth signature round and rectangle case (45mm wide and 50mm in length), housing a Daniel Roth designed calibre movement boasting both a detente constant force escapement and a full Carillon Westminster type Minute Repeater with four (4) hammers, came to life as a Bvlgari Watches of Rome timepiece, entitled the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo, or Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater to give the watch its correct, full title, or “Admiral of Time” for short.

In a world of brands such as Ferdinand Berthoud, Raymond Weil, Zenith, TAG Heuer, Audemars Piguet, H. Moser, Hermes and Jaquet Droz, for a watch or watchmaker to stand out they need to produce something genuinely special, and once Daniel Roth Watch and Gerald Genta were purchased by Bvlgari, and LVMH had taken their controlling stake in Bvlgari itself, the opportunity arose for Bvlgari to begin to showcase exactly how special a Daniel Roth inspired timepiece could be, in the form of the titanium case and pink gold case Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater watch, produced in house across the Rome based brand’s Swiss manufacture sites in the Jura, Switzerland, just one symbol of how far the Italian brand had come since its founding by Sotirio Bulgari.

The Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater watches feature a signature Daniel Roth round and rectangle case in titanium or pink gold (aka rose gold), a shape which might almost be regarded as a genetic precursor to the octo shape of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo range of limited edition watches and models such as the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, even if Bulgari Watch Rome claims that the Octo shape of the Octo Finissimo ranges has a much more classic design mixing elements from both ancient Roman with Leonardo da Vinci style motifs. Inside the round and rectangle titanium or pink gold case of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater sits a truly innovative, once again Daniel Roth inspired DR 7301 super complicated caliber movement, boasting both a detente constant force escapement and a full Carillon Westminster type Minute Repeater with four (4) hammers and gongs. The DR7301 caliber movement at the heart of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater makes the unusual choice of using what for many was regarded as an unsuitable choice of escapement, the detente escapement, more traditionally used in clocks which were not designed to move, thus nullifying its poor resistance to shock. The choice of a detente escapement for the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater is then, a bold choice, but the reality is that technological advance has to the extent required, nullified the disadvantages of the detente escapement when compared to the ubiquitous Swiss Lever Escapement. Not satisfied with this courageous throwback to the detente escapement, the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater takes the level of complication further with the use of a constant force device to produce a Constant Force Detente Escapement. The constant force detente escapement housed within the DR7301 Caliber movement in the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater achieves its goal by the insertion of a further power spring, or crown, which winds and unwinds the torque fed from the escape wheel and gear train once per second, thus smoothing out power variations. As if that were not enough, the innovations on the escapement side of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater continue with the use of a cylindrical balance spring and an untypically slow movement rate of 14,400 bph.

The undoubted technical complication of the cylindrical balance spring, constant force detente escapement is a thing of beauty, and its beauty is incidentally fully exposed to the watch’s dial side beneath a stunning sapphire crystal. A truly high-end dial, partially made of gold: the dial’s cut out design, according to some, makes it perhaps the best Bulgari watches’ dial ever made. The Maison watches’ renowned gold work once again boasts high-end gold materials, such as the pink gold (or rose gold) of the dial. However, perhaps even more impressive is the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater’s minute repeater complication itself. The minute repeater mechanism features a ‘stealth’ slide activation system and has been executed so as to delete the normal slide protruding from the side of the watch case: the minute repeater slide activator is in fact not just hidden in the lower left lug of the case, but is the lower left lug, which slide in a circular motion around the case of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater, to activate the minute repeater function. Implementing the minute repeater function in this manner necessitated another system for securing the Louisiana Crocodile leather strap, as the lower left lug was busy doing something else, so instead the strap attaches directly to the case back – innovation Jaquet Droz would be proud of. Once the proud owner of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater has understood how to use the hidden slide activation system, what can he or she expect to hear from the full Carillon Westminster type Minute Repeater with its four (4) hammers and gongs?

Once again, the Daniel Roth inspired DR7301 Caliber movement breaks with tradition here, choosing to use four hammers and four gongs in the place of the more traditional pair of each. The size and shape of the case, and choice of case material, and the jury is probably still out on whether a titanium case or gold case provide the better case material acoustically, but no matter, the harmonic properties provided by either option allow the cathedral type gongs to resonate with characteristically long decay, producing an exceptionally pleasant range across all four tones. In this respect, the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater achieves its purpose perfectly, as the important people at Ferdinand Berthoud, Raymond Weil, Zenith, TAG Heuer, Audemars Piguet, H. Moser, Hermes and Jaquet Droz will I am sure, have taken note. Those same individuals, the masters of the universe busy at Ferdinand Berthoud, Raymond Weil, Zenith, TAG Heuer, Audemars Piguet, H. Moser, Hermes and Jaquet Droz, will of course, have also noticed that since the release of the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater, the Rome, Italy based brand of Bulgari Watch, with its choice of manufacture spread across Jura and other sites in Switzerland, has only gone from strength to strength, in particular with its Octo Finissimo Range of in-house designed movements and cases. If those same individuals were to search for a clue as to where the miraculous world record achieving success based on incredible technical innovation and outstanding design began, they would be wise to look at the Bvlgari Watch Rome Limited Edition Roth L’Ammiraglio Del Tempo Minute Repeater, and everything that it symbolizes in contemporary Haute Horlogerie timepiece production.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Tourbillon carillon minute repeater watch, 3 hammers & gongs, Silent regulator.

Mechanical movement DR 3300 caliber, decorated by hand.

Bridges and platine with black cloisonné soleil and traits tirés finishing.

Poli bloqué tourbillon bridge and hammers.

75 hours power reserve.

48 mm 18-ct rose gold case with transparent case back. 18-ct rose gold crown.

Rose gold skeletonized dial with gold polished inedexes.

Brown alligator strap with 18-ct rose gold 3-blades folding buckle.

Limited edition of 30 pcs.

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