BULGARI PAPILLON VOYAGEUR
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BVLGARI and is BUTTERFLY WATCH
PAPILLON means in French "butterfly" and in this instance it refers to the unique and patented system for displaying the minutes on the PAPILLON VOYAGER dual time zone travel watch from BVLGARI.
This travel watch offers an elegant and artful display that takes a few seconds to grasp.
And everything radiates outward from a central point
THE EASY PARTS:
The local hours are displayed in a fashion jump-hour in the large window at 12 o’clock.
The second time zone is indicated by the pointed end of the blued, centrally-mounted, tear-drop-shaped hand, which points to a skeletonized, guilloché 24-hour subdial.
The local time is set via the crown, while the 24 hour hand is adjusted forward and back with push-buttons located at 10 o’clock +or - 2 o’clock.
WHERE THINGS GET CREATIVE:
As shown below, the minutes are indicated by a pair of small hands with points at both ends, each of which turns or spins on a central axis while also revolving as a pair around a central point.
Think of two planets rotating or spinning as they circle the Sun, and you have the idea.
The 60 minutes in each hour are demarcated on a pair of concentric pink-gold semicircles, each with its own minute scale.
The inner display marks off each individual minute, with numeric indications for 5, 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 minutes.
The outer display has larger numerals indicating 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 minutes.
The two small hands mentioned above take turns indicating the minutes, as follows: for most of each hour, only one of the hands is visible, and it points to the current minutes.
As the end of the hour draws near, the hands perform a "changing of the guard" maneuver.
When the hand that is currently indicating the minutes reaches 55, the other hand "reports for duty" by making a quarter- turn, taking over the minutes display at the top of the hour or "00".
The other hand, now "off-duty", also makes a quarter turn and goes into hiding.
The entire display is presented on two levels.
The aesthetic is both complex and harmonious:
This sophisticated mechanism is housed in a signature Daniel Roth Collection double-ellipse case in 18k pink gold.
TECHNICAL DETAILS of the BULGARI PAPILLON VOYAGEUR Watch
LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION OF 99 PIECES
Mechanical self-winding caliber
Diameter: 11 ½ lines
Winding automatic unidirectional
Balance annular with three spokes in Glucydur
Adjustment in 5 positions
Bridges adorned with "Côtes de Genève"
Oscillating weight bimetallic
Rims of the bridges chamfered and polished
Jewel surrounds diamond-polished
28,800 vph 4 (Hz)
Hours, minutes, seconds, dual time and 24 hour dial
Pink Gold 18K
46.00mm x 43.00mm x 15.20mm
Hours displayed in a jump-hour in the large window at 12 o’clock
Minutes are indicated by a pair of small hands with points at both ends
Second time zone centrally-mounted is indicated by the pointed end of the blued tear-drop-shaped hand
Jumping hour, Papillon minutes indication, dual-time display by a central hand and +/- time-zone adjustment via
Sapphire crystal that is glare-proofed on both sides
3 Bar = 30 meters
Alligator strap and pink gold triple-blade folding clasp
Published by José Sousa