Recently, Bulgari unveiled a timepiece meant to honor another crew with a history that has touched minds and hearts the world over, Ducati. With over 90 years of company history, it's the sort of crew that deserves some commemoration. If you need help remembering who this team is, just turn on your TV to any channel that may have motorcycles running around, and chances are that you'll see a Ducati machine in the next few seconds.
When these two teams finally got together, something magical happened, the birth of a special edition Bulgari Aluminum Ducati timepiece. That's what you're looking at right now, and if you like it, make sure you've got €5,000 ($5,190 at current exchange rates) in the bank, and off you go, brandishing that exact shade of red I've witnessed on countless Panigale and Diavel bikes. Seeing how this edition was just revealed, you may still have a chance to grab one of the 1,000 pieces planned for production. Time to see what's in store for Ducati lovers.
Yes, the Ducati edition is also based on the original Aluminum and features the same case material, titanium crown, and mechanical movement. Inside, a Bulgari B130 caliber is what you'll find operating your timekeeping needs and boasts a 42-hour power reserve. Overall, this movement beats at 28,800 VpH, a baseline for most timepieces.
Beyond all the little inner working of this piece, it's really the visual aspect of the watch that you'll remark at first. A black rubber band secures the chronograph to your wrist, while a black bezel, also completed from rubber and stamped with standard Bulgari engraving, jumps off the aluminum case. In the background, the red dial is tattered with black hour bands and minute markers. As a touch, hours 10 through 12 are slanted, giving off a GP feeling.
Again, this is the sort of chronograph that's meant to find a place on the wrists of true Ducati fans. Maybe that's not you; perhaps it is. Nonetheless, if you look around at the people in your life, I'm sure you'll find a Ducati lover who would deserve this. Is anyone's birthday coming up?