Back in 2020 Bulgari revisited one of their alternative alloy models and relaunched it with several improvements. The combination of aluminum and rubber offered watch enthusiasts with a very wrist-friendly option that combined modern looks and unconventional materials. Now Bulgari has teamed up with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, to create this stylish limited edition timepiece.The round 40mm case is made of aluminum, which provides a very light weight of only 68.6 grams. Overall aluminum is 75% lighter than steel and 40% lighter than titanium, so it makes this a very comfortable choice, while still offering a sturdy resilience. On the flip-side is a DLC-coated titanium caseback, engraved with the Ducati logo. It also includes the “LIMITED EDITION OF 1000” inscription, but hasn’t been given any unique series number.It comes equipped with two push buttons to operate the chronograph functions and a setting-crown between them. All these pieces have been crafted out of titanium with a black DLC-coating.Mounted to the case is a black rubber bezel with a double “BVLGARI BVLGARI” logo engraving. The contrast of the aluminum “door hinge” lugs and case sides, with the black coated pushers and crown, plus the bright Ducati red, provide a very alluring color scheme. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on an exclusive Ducati red dial with black applied hour index markers with aluminum tips and the Arabic numerals: 10, 11, 12. Alongside these indicators is also a ring of thin printed minute markings. There are three black snailed sub-dials: a sub-seconds at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. All with white numerals, markers and red hands that sync up with the dominant hue. The central sword-shaped hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with Super-LumiNova, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date window with a white background and black numerals placed between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Bulgari Aluminum Chronograph Ducati Special Edition
The “Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition” (Ref#: 103701) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber B130 with 37 jewels and 28,800 vph. It is based on the Swiss ETA 2894 movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap with aluminum links, secured by an aluminum ardillon pin buckle. This is a special limited edition of only 1,000 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Bvlgari website here.