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J
uggling with continents, living in step with time differences:
speed andmobility are central features of the contemporary world
and impose a perpetually shifting perception of time. The new
Bulgari Papillon Voyageur, Daniel Roth Collection provides an original
point of reference for globetrotters wishing to combine an exclusive
Haute Horlogerie creation with an instrument enabling them to find
their temporal bearings anywhere on the planet. This new model
equipped with an in-house made movement is issued in a strictly 99-
piece limited edition.
The world of Haute Horlogerie watches equipped with original and
useful complications has been an integral part of the Bulgari
watchmaking philosophy for many years. After the launch of the
Papillon® Chronograph in 2010, named after an exclusive and
patentedminutes display system, Bulgari is now enriching its collection
by presenting a creation providing a dual-time reading. This theme is
reinterpreted by the combination of the cardinal values that have always
guided its approach to watchmaking: simplicity and refinement,
relevance and user friendliness.
User friendliness
Displayed around a graduated 24-hour scale, the jumping-type local
time display appears through a vertical aperture at 12 o’clock. It is
adjusted via the crown, whereas the dual time-zone indication is
provided by a central blued open-worked GMT hand sweeping around
a 24-hour graduated guilloché disc and adjusted according to the
chosen time zone by means of two push-button respectively situated
at 10 o’clock (+) and 2 o’clock (-).
Meanwhile, the minutes are read off by means of the Papillon® device.
Placed at the dial centre, it displays the measured minutes via an
ingenious device connected to the bearing disc. The latter performs a
complete 360° rotation in two hours, and bears two independent
retractable lozenge-shaped hands running in turn over two 180-degree
segments. Whereas the first marks off the 60 minutes in an hour, the
second signals the minutes in tens rather than units.
While the tip of hand A points to the minutes, hand B remains retracted
throughout the disc rotation. When hand A reaches the 55th minute
on the display segment, hand B makes a progressive quarter-turn to
position itself parallel with hand A. The latter, as soon as the minutes
start off again from zero, in turn progressively retracts to remain thus
for the next 55 minutes. This complex and exclusive patented
mechanism is of course coupled with the hour disc.
In-house made self-winding movement
These sophisticated functions are driven by an in-house made
mechanical self-winding movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per
hour and endowed with a 45-hour power reserve. The refined
mechanism is treated to excellent finishing featuringmeticulously hand-
crafted circular graining and Côtes de Genève. The visible parts of the
movement are satin-brushed, bevelled and polished, as are the screw
heads.
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S I M P LY A B U DH A B I
Bulgari Papillon Voyageur : Haute Horlogerie for globe-trotters
Issued in a 99-piece limited series, this creation features an original dual time-zone
display and a patented minute indication system.