Bulgari Diagono Professional Chronograph GMT X-Pro
In my mind, Bulgariis a luxury goods company famous more for its beautiful and sensational jewelry rather than the wristwatches. However, Bulgari changes my thoughts with its latest Diagono Professional Chronograph GMT X-Pro , a sports-orientated model that is definitely cut out for action. Extreme technical sophistication, innovative solutions, multiple functions and cutting-edge materials – all these contemporary values are expressed through a movement, case and strap forming a coherent whole which boldly asserts the fact that Diagono X-Pro is ready to face any situation and any challenges.
First of all, the heart of this measuring instrument is the Calibre BVL 312, built on a Valjoux 7750 base and customized for Bulgari by La Joux-Perret Manufacture with an additional GMT module. This high-end self-winding movement featuring integrated construction is fitted with an oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings and also boasting a column wheel. The latter enables the chronograph function to be gently activated via pushers and with great accuracy, while avoiding any jerking or resistance. The BVL Calibre 312 runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph and provides a 48-hour power reserve. This COSC certified mechanism is definitely a reliable and functional movement for a sophisticated machine featuring three separate time zones.
For the outside look, the new Bulgari Diagono X-Pro features a 45 mm-diameter case composed of 104 parts. It is an ultra-sophisticated construction that combines steel, grade 5 titanium, rubber and a DLC-treated (Diamond Like Carbon) steel middle. The latter high-tech treatment hardens the metal and strongly increases its scratch-resistance. The striated rubber coating and the steel pushers and crown ensures an idea grip. On the back is a see-through sapphire crystal that enables one to admire the refined mechanism powering the Diagono X-Pro: the steel parts feature alternating polished, snailed and circular-grained surfaces, and certain load-bearing components are beveled and the screw heads are polished.
Through the cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal, we can admire the highly graphic and contemporary dial of three superimposed elements. It is endowed with understated elegance and functionality efficiency thanks to the colour contrasts between the white Superluminova-coated hour markers, the tips of the hour and minute hands, the chronograph-function hour and minute hands, and that of the GMT pointer. The dial boasts various function displays including a 30-minute counter at 3:00, a date window at 4:30, a 12-hour counter at 6:00, and a running small seconds counter at 9:00.
The notched bezel is fitted a sophisticated and highly innovative device exclusive to Bulgari, which means it can be locked according to the chosen time zone. It originality is enhanced by perfectly ergonomic lugs that can be adjusted along a seven-degree angle in either direction. This complex device comprises shock-absorbers, thus enabling the watch to easily adapt to any type of wrist while ensuring an optimal and eminently comfortable fit. It is fitted with a rubber strap fastened by a pin buckle with steel inserts guaranteeing a perfect combination of rigidity and suppleness.
Price is not sure, and the watch should be in stores soon.