The new secret watch by Bvlgari combines the Roman jeweller’s parallel worlds of watchmaking and high jewellery in a single astounding piece- the Monete Regal Festa.
The Monete Regal Festa is a beautiful piece of jewellery that can also turn into a spectacular watch. Welcome to the world of secret watches!
Secret Watches have been in vogue ever since the early 1930s. Put simply, they refer to watches that have a cover on the dial. The cover is lifted when one wants to see the time. This cover is generally ornamental and highly decorated. In olden times, pocket watches and smaller timepieces generally had covers to protect them. With developments in material technology the need to protect the timepieces diminished. However, when it came to watches for women, many were created with covers, and used as pendant or brooch watches.
Monete Regal Festa, the pendant watch by Bvlgari also hides a beautiful secret. The pendant, quite innovative and recognisable, assumes the octagonal shape, again a very signature shape for the brand. It is crafted in pink gold and set with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.
The ornamental depictions on the cover first catch the eye. A silver tetradrachm (Macedonia Alexander III, 336-326 B.C.) is on the front of the cover and the back depicts a divinity holding a sceptre and an eagle. The back of the watch though is transparent and allows a glimpse into its fascinating world.
Such beauty must be paired with an equally powerful movement. Hence, the BVL Calibre 208, mechanical hand-wound Manufacture skeleton- worked tourbillon movement in 18 carat pink gold serves as a dial. An 18 carat pink gold chain set with 1270 brilliant-cut diamonds holds the entire piece together.
The world of haute joaillerie and horology merge in the creation of secret watches. Precious stones, noble metals and artistic decorative elements combine to form heirlooms that always remain timeless. The Monete Regal Festa definitively fits in this mould!