This month, our Editor-in-Chief, Scarlett, got to grips with the Bvlgari Serpenti Misteorisi at Watches and Wonders,
Gretchen Wieners once famously coined the line “that’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets.” But secrets are supposed are to be hidden, right? Case in point with Bvlgari’s Serpenti Misteriosi Secret Watch, which, quite frankly, deserves more air time for its elusive approach to timekeeping.
They say if you want to truly keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself, and in a world of oversharing, courtesy of the digital age, there’s something particularly alluring about keeping a little something to yourself. While time is an ubiquitous thing, we each experience its indefinite process of existence in nuanced ways, and no second means the same from person to person. A flick of an iPhone gives us the immediate record of the time, and while a background wallpaper differentiates one phone from the other, it remains to be the same homogenous digital clock.
A watch speaks to our personality, and that’s not to say Bvlgari Serpenti Misteorisi owners are Gossip Girl’s in the making, rather, arbiters of an elusive, yet elegant bracelet of intimacy. At first glance, the timepiece looks deceptively like a piece of high jewelry, with an 18 karat rose-gold case, a bracelet set with turquoise inserts, diamonds and two-pear cut rubellites, in the House’s archetypal serpent motif. But this is no ordinary watch. A flicker of the python’s tongue and the mouth unfurls to reveal a miniature dial.
As history dictates, smaller watches have often been designed as quartz, as a compact space meant a lot of refinement and dexterous technology to reduce the size of a mechanical watch into a more restrictive canvas. In simple terms, you didn’t have to do any winding, and much like a cat with nine lives, when the watch stopped, a simple battery replacement meant it would live on.
But at the forefront of technological innovation, Bvlgari proved that size means nothing in the face of design. Introducing the teeniest tiniest movement (the thing that makes the watch tick) to date. Cutely titled the Piccolissimo, Italian for ‘tiniest,’ don’t be deceived by the Lilliputian scale, offering 30 hours of power reserve, long enough to keep all your secrets safe.
And should you need to take your secrets elsewhere, the movement case isn’t entirely attached to the snake’s head, which can be easily detached and twisted in the preferred direction of the wearer. So for the left-handed amongst us, tasked with the aggravating angle of the crown, this one’s for you.
Admittedly, trying on the Serpenti – an icon of the maison I’ve loved long before my entrance into the watch industry – I lost my mind and made my boss take an infinite amount of photos of me wearing it. Thanks Michel. Don’t be deterred by the coiling bangle/tail either – it might look delicate but the flexible structure allows you to get hands on and become at one with a rubied reptile.