Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Imperiali Genève – Introduction

Imperiali Genève is much more than a brand; it is an art of living. Driven by a love of beauty and an uncompromising desire to innovate by playing with and overcoming the laws of physics, Imperiali revisits and reinterprets everyday objects, transforming them into true masterpieces. The technological complexity of these creations – which are entirely produced in Switzerland – is only equalled by the degree of attention paid to their every detail.

These unique pieces are simply extraordinary. They are the fruit of two to three years of diligent work carried out by a hundred professionals, from the research and development phase to the final, often personalised, adornments. These are products of supreme exclusivity, designed, developed and produced for the most discerning connoisseurs, enlightened aesthetes and admirers of human ingenuity.

Behind Imperiali is the long-standing friendship between David Pasciuto and Stéphane Nazzal. Genevois by adoption, they share a passion for fine mechanics and for seeking new challenges that they make a point of taking up. When faced with ever-increasing obstacles, they never lower their sights, giving rise to unprecedented developments that are patented worldwide.

David Pasciuto
Born in Geneva in 1979, David Pasciuto is committed to hard work. He accumulated much professional experience during his studies at the Haute Ecole de Gestion (HEG) in the canton of Geneva, whilst earning a degree in Business Economics. He is proud of his Italian roots and the values and traditions they represent, which are the source of his strong personality and his insatiable desire for success.

The independent and enterprising Pasciuto stood out from the crowd during the two-year period he spent at Publigroup as a travelling technical salesman, winning the title of best salesperson in French-speaking Switzerland. He continued his career as Corporate Manager in a family office. He held this role for six years before devoting himself fully to his own entrepreneurial projects. With a passion for high technology, cinema and cultural immersion travel, David Pasciuto is a thrill-seeker who loves to push back conventional boundaries.

Stéphane Nazzal
Ambitious young entrepreneur Stéphane Nazzal was born in 1986. His mixed European and Middle Eastern roots are the origin of his open-mindedness and his remarkable ability to adapt to change and new circumstances. He began his career at an early age, holding the position of Corporate Manager at a family office for three years while successfully developing a number of property projects. Today, he devotes himself full-time to various entrepreneurial ventures.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the Glion Institute of Higher Education and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Institut de Finance et Management Genève (IFM). He is particularly interested in watchmaking, motoring and travel. Proud of and close to his family and friends, Stéphane Nazzal is a loyal, honest man with the drive to achieve his ambitions.

Official website
http://www.imperiali-geneve.com/

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Friday, December 25, 2015

BVLGARI DIVA

For more than 130 years, BVLGARI has been creating jewellery and watches whose aesthetic is pervaded by its Roman origins. These creations have been inspiring women around the world for more than a century. Collections surrounded by an aura exalted by the actresses and celebrities who have worn them and which prove as enduring as the great cinema classics.

The DIVA jewellery and watch collection carries all the design codes referencing the dazzling history of BVLGARI. A nod to the famous Roman mosaics and the iconic fan-shaped motifs of the Caracalla thermal baths, it embodies a collection with a distinctive character, an alterable source of inspiration and admiration. The four new creations are now available  in BVLGARI boutiques and in its exclusive retailers.
Inspired by the diversity of modern-day beauties, BVLGARI has created a collection of watches that evokes the personality and the history of women, at once unique and universal. These Jewellery timepieces come in a variety of styles expressed by juxtaposing colours and materials. The DIVA collection honours women in all their uniqueness, their strength and their greatness, by revealing their incomparable assets, identity, glamour and charisma.

Born from the Italian jeweller’s passion for coloured stones, DIVA watches reflect the iconic BVLGARI rainbow, an arch composed of multi-coloured gems nestling together like petals and creating an authentic corolla of precious stones dancing around a gem-set bezel. These sensual and elegant creations embody the fascination and the mysterious attraction exercised by stones, combining the depth of precious gems with the intensity of their semi-precious counterparts.
These stunning gold-smithing feats testify to the expertise and the jewellery-making savoir-faire fostered by the Maison and echo its famous 1960s floral brooches with their spring-mounted mobile flowers. Playing on a subtly musical theme, BVLGARI perfects the art of entremblant setting, since each of the small fans and stones composing the corolla of the watch is delicately assembled, set and adjusted in such a way as to gently quiver in step with the wearer’s every move.

Diva High Jewellery
In the two new High Jewellery versions, the pink gold interpretation is adorned with the warm shades of coral as well as the timeless hues of onyx and diamonds. Its corolla composed of eight coral-set fans and eight onyx-set fans is punctuated by two rows of eight claw-set round diamonds totalling almost 3.5 carats. The bracelet consists of a succession of fans instilling the model with a resolutely Art Deco cuff-watch spirit.
The other version offers a variety of baguette, brilliant, round and buff-top cuts set with diamonds and emeralds on white gold– an  aesthetic evoking the DIVA High Jewellery Emeralds watch that won the “Jewellery Watch” prize in last year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, an accolade rewarding the 130 years of creativity cultivated by the Rome-based jeweller.

DIVA HIGH JEWELLERY WATCH: SAP CODE 102422
  • 39 mm pink gold case set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.5ct), 16 round-cut diamonds (3.4cts) and 10 coral elements
  • Snow-set pavé dial
  • Pink gold bracelet set with 154 brilliant-cut diamonds (3.7cts), 10 onyx and 8 coral elements. Pink gold folding clasp set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds
  • Quartz movement, Bulgari customized and decorated with Bulgari logo (B033)
  • Water-resistant to 30 m

DIVA HIGH JEWELLERY WATCH:  SAP CODE 102463
  • 39 mm white gold case set with 42 baguette-cut diamonds (2.47cts), 8 round-cut diamonds (1.96ct), 80 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.71ct), 74 buff-top cut emeralds (1.75ct) and 8 round-cut emeralds (1.05ct)
  • Snow-set pavé dial
  • Grey satin strap with white gold folding clasp set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.34ct)
  • Quartz movement, Bulgari customised and adorned with Bulgari logo (B033)
  • Water-resistant to 30 m

Diva Jewellery
The Jewellery version comes in the form of two new models fitted with a refined satin strap. Its gemstone rainbow combines the fruity colours of mandarin garnets, tourmalines and opals, or the heavenly hues of tanzanites and turquoises.
The DIVA collection exalts women, highlights their strengths, participants in their accomplishments. It rewards the blossoming of these talents. It reflects the radiance of contemporary feminine icons, the fascination of rising stars and the appeal of up-and-coming women. It evokes dreams to be fulfilled, success stories to be written and victories to be won.

DIVA JEWELLERY WATCH SAP CODE 102420
  • 39 mm pink gold case set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.75ct), 8 mandarin garnets, 8 tourmalines and 16 pink opal elements
  • White mother-of-pearl dial
  • Brown satin strap with pink gold folding clasp set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.34ct)
  • Quartz movement, Bulgari customised and adorned with Bulgari logo (B033)
  • Water-resistant to 30 m

DIVA JEWELLERY WATCH SAP CODE 102421
  • 39 mm white gold case set with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.97ct), 8 tanzanite and 8 turquoises
  • Snow-set pavé dial
  • Grey satin strap with white gold folding clasp set with 14 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.34ct)
  • Quartz movement, Bulgari customised and adorned with Bulgari logo (B033)
  • Water-resistant to 30 m

Bulgari Octo All Blacks Special Edition

Bulgari, official sponsor to the All Blacks, has honoured the longest-serving players and management in the legendary New Zealand team by presenting them with a special commemorative watch. 

The four current players in the All Blacks squad (All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, Tony Woodcock, Daniel Carter and Keven Mealamu) who have played 100 or more Test matches have received the special Octo All Blacks 100 Club watch to mark this exceptional achievement.  Bulgari also recognised a further 12 members of the current All Blacks management team who have officiated at over 100 Test matches.
Each of the watches awarded to the All Blacks is personalised on the sapphire crystal case-back, with each bearing the initials of the player as well as their All Blacks number.

The centre of the smoked sapphire crystal features an historical silver fern leaf motif, which is the All Blacks emblem, along with the year 1905, the year the famous All Blacks “Originals” team undertook their ground-breaking tour of North America and Europe.
The Octo All Blacks 100 Clubwatch is a concentrated blend of mechanical power matched by equally rugged good looks. Presented as a special edition, in a box evocatively shaped like a rugby ball, the timepiece retains all the characteristics that make the Octo watch truly unique. In this model, the case with its 110 facets, 41.5 mm opening and 10.60 mm thickness is adorned with a DLC coating, perfectly corresponding to the black jerseys of the All Blacks.
The Octo All Blacks 100Club derives its precision and excellence from the finest Swiss manufacturing traditions. Developed and assembled by hand in the Swiss Jura, the 28-jewel mechanical self-winding BVL 193 calibre measures time with a precision of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and guarantees a 50-hour power reserve, as well as driving a date indicator that appears in a 3 o’clock dial window.

This aperture as well as the polished and brushed black hour-marker might almost go unnoticed given the bold nature of the dial that affirms its personality by displaying a Maori mask, imprinted like a tattoo on the background, designed by Maori carver Tana Salzmann.

Technical details
Model: Octo All Blacks Special Edition

Movement
Calibre BVL 193; Manufacture mechanical self-winding movement; 3.70 mm thick, 25.60 mm in diameter; 28 jewels
Double-barrelled
Frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
50 hours of power reserve

Case

41.5 mm stainless steel case with Diamond Like Carbon treatment and semi-transparent smoky sapphire crystal back with “All Blacks®” logo
Screwed-in steel crown with black Diamond Like Carbon treatment and black ceramic insert
Water resistant to 100 m
Scratch-resistant sapphire with double-sided anti-reflection treatment

Dial
Anthracite dial with black Maori tattoo pattern. Hand-applied black hour-markers, brushed and polished
Black facetted hands enhanced with SuperLumi-Nova®

Bulgari Octo Retrograde Collection - Octo Mono-Rétrograde and Bi-Rétrograde

Since its launch in 2012, Octo has rapidly acquired emblematic status, earning a special place among the surrounding watch creations. A formal sophisticated approach and freshly defined aesthetic codes enable Octo to deploy its aesthetic charms across a broad range and to fully assert its potential, as emphasised by the two new retrograde-display Octo models.

The Octo Mono-Rétrograde and Bi-Rétrograde highlight the harmonious beauty of the unusual and complex case, by combining it with a sparing, uncluttered display with a speedometer-type style naturally evoking the automobile world. This horological complication enables unusual and intuitive time readings and is one of the Octo signature features.
The two models come in a choice of 18K pink gold or steel, fitted with an alligator leather strap. The 38 mm-diameter case retains its paradoxical nature: its 110 facets form a complex, highly structured that is unique and truly incomparable, while nonetheless exuding an aura of extreme simplicity.

OCTO MONO-RÉTROGRADE
In its Mono-Rétrograde version, the Octo watch provides essential functions: the minutes are indicated by a hand running over a 210-degree segment coupled with jumping hours at 6 o’clock. Simplicity and purity are accentuated by the extremely understated black lacquered dial.
Movement
BVL 262 caliber, Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding (bi-directional) decorated with Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing; jumping hours, retrograde minutes (210°);42h power reserve; 28’800 VpH (4Hz); 33 jewels.

Case and Dial
38mm 18-kt pink gold or steel  case with transparent case back; screwed-in crown with ceramic insert; Black lacquered polished dial with hand-applied pink gold or rhodium plated indexes according to the version; water resistant up to 100 m.

Bracelet
Integrated black alligator strap with 18-kt pink gold or steel folding buckle according to the version.

OCTO BI-RÉTROGRADE
The Octo Bi-Rétrograde adopts similar design codes, while featuring a double retrograde display, since this version indicates the date in this mode in addition to the minutes, while the jumping-hour aperture is positioned at 12 o’clock. Both are driven by the proprietary Bulgari BVL Calibre 191 Solotempo movement, complete with an additional in-house developed movement.
Movement
BVL 300 caliber, Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding (bi-directional) decorated with Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing; jumping hours and retrograde minutes (210°) and date (180°); 42h power reserve; 28’800 VpH (4Hz); 33 jewels

Case and Dial
38mm 18-kt pink gold or steel case with transparent case back; screwed-in crown with ceramic insert; Black lacquered polished dial with hand-applied pink gold or rhodium plated indexes according to the version; water resistant up to 100 m.

Bracelet
Integrated black alligator strap with 18-kt pink gold or steel folding buckle according to the version.

Bulgari New Diagono Scuba

Diagono Scuba, Bulgari’s iconic nautical sports watch makes its return with four distinctive new versions imbued with contemporary Italian refinement and clothed in a diving suit.
Back in 1994, Bulgari introduced a nautical version of its Diagono sports watch. Its style was all about pure lines dedicated to efficiency. Diagono Scuba was much more than just an alternative among sports watches, and soon became a favourite with demanding customers, supplanting other more commonplace diver’s watches.

In the privileged circles of the international nautical world, Diagono Scuba, available in gold or steel versions fitted with the astonishing and highly specific metal bracelet or on a rubber strap, easily found its place on the decks of racing sailboats or yachts on a pleasure cruises. It offered a significant advantage in that that was no need to change watch for cocktails or a dinner, since Diagono Scuba remains elegant in every circumstance, accompanying its owner on all of life’s occasions, rather than merely serving as an indicator for strictly sporting moments.
2015 sees the Diagono Scuba return to the surface. Stronger as well as more beautiful, astonishing, luxurious and modern than ever, it proclaims its heritage and makes it an asset for the future, affirming this heredity with the boldness of novelty. Water-resistant to 300 metres, the new the Diagono Scuba is equipped with the Manufacture BVL 191 Solotempo calibre.

Technical details
Movement
Solotempo calibre, Manufacture self-winding movement entirely designed, developed and produced in-house: 28,800 vph (4Hz); 42-hour power reserve, 11.5 lignes
26.20mm x 3.80mm, 26 jewels
Hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock
Bidirectional oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings
Instantaneous date change equipped with a stop-seconds device serving to block the balance when the crown is pulled out; a disconnecting system that avoids wear of the pinions and saves energy when the winding device is activated, either via the crown or by the motion of the oscillating weight
Côtes de Genève, snailed and sandblasted decorations; bevelled and polished bridge rims, circular satin-brushed wheels, burnished pivots, chamfered drill holes; domed and polished screw heads

Case
Case in steel, steel and 18K pink gold or in 18K pink gold, 41mm in diameter; unidirectional ratcheted bezel serving to measure dive and decompression times; screw-lock crown; water-resistant to 300m

Dial
Matt black or opaline silver-toned dial according to the version, hands and hour-markers enhanced with Superluminova guaranteeing perfect legibility

Strap
Rubber strap fitted with a pin buckle in steel or 18K pink gold; or steel and steel/18K pink gold bracelet fitted with a steel folding clasp.

Bulgari - Tourbillon Central Papillon & Papillon Heure Sautante

Bulgari presents two new interpretations of Papillon, a patented unique and exclusive haute horlogerie mechanism.  Its new haute horlogerie creations, the Tourbillon Central Papillon and the Papillon Heure Sautante, offer a unique way of telling the time.
Following on from other interpretations intended for travellers (Bulgari Papillon Voyageur) or for the chronographic measuring of time (Bulgari Papillon Chronograph), Bulgari has reinterpreted its ingenious patented Papillon system providing an original and accurate display of timekeeping information.
Inspired by the flight of the butterfly, this original mechanism is unique in the world of Haute Horlogerie and bears two independent, retractable, diamond-shaped hands on a supporting disc. Each one alternately sweeps over a graduated minutes scale spread over a 180-degree half circle. The minutes are successively indicated by each of the two hands. The first is positioned on the segment and thus signals the progression of the minutes, while the second one remains ‘off-duty’ in fall-back position and thus invisible throughout the rotation of the disc bearing them.
When the first hand reaches the 55th minute on the display segment, the other hand progressively completes a quarter turn to move into a position parallel to the first one on the 00 minutes marker. The first hand then moves into its fall-back position for the following 55 minutes.
The Papillon system has the advantage of using less power in comparison with the classic minutes indicator and therefore has a positive impact on the power reserve. This patented, complex, exclusive mechanism can naturally be combined with a variety of information and functions.
Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante
In the case of the simplest display of time, Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante displays the jumping hour, indicates the minutes via the Papillon device, and shows the seconds by the central hand.
The entire mechanism is powered by a mechanical self-winding Manufacture movement, Calibre BVL 252, entirely designed and assembled in line with the finest traditions by master watchmakers from Bulgari Manufacture. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 42-hour power reserve. This movement is decorated with great care and elegance with alternate circular graining and Côtes de Genève motif.
The steel elements that are visible are satin-brushed, polished and bevelled, as are the screw heads. The 18ct white or rose gold case, with its elegant 45 mm diameter, suggests a certain degree of power while measuring just 11.30 mm thick. Beauty of the finishes and the precision of the movement in motion can be admired by the user thanks to its sapphire crystal case-back.
Technical details
Model: Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante

Movement
Bidirectional mechanical self-winding Manufacture movement, Calibre BVL 252
Minutes indicated by Papillon device
Jumping hours by disc on ceramic ball bearings
28,800 vph (4Hz)
42-hour power reserve

Case
45mm-diameter case in 18ct pink or white gold
Box-type sapphire crystal
Transparent sapphire back
Water-resistant to 50m

Dial
Black dial, “papillon” hands in 18ct pink gold

Strap
Brown alligator leather strap with 18ct pink gold pin buckle for the pink gold version
Black alligator leather strap with 18ct white gold pin buckle for the white gold version

Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central
For Tourbillon Central Papillon, Maison has decided to push its quest for complexity by combining its Papillon brevet with the most prestigious of watchmaking complications.
In a manner combining elegance and sophistication, the new Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central incorporates this high-precision movement into the very heart of the watch with the jumping hour display indicated by a disc rotating past a 12 o’clock aperture.
At the end of the 60 minutes indicated by one of the “Papillon” hands, the disc jumps and displays the new hour in the window.
With the Papillon Tourbillon Central watch, the Bulgari watchmaking Manufacture places the tourbillon movement in the very centre of the case of this precious, unique timepiece available in pink gold or platinum.
The entire composition stands out by its clean lines, symmetrical axes and the architectural precision of the dial.
Technical details
Model: Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture movement, central flying tourbillon Calibre BVL 266
Minutes indication by patented Papillon device
Jumping hours by disc display on ceramic ball bearings
21,600 vph (3Hz), 30 jewels
60-hour power reserve
Decorated by hand with circular graining, gold engravings, sunburst cloisonné motif and straight graining

Case
45mm-diameter, 11.9 mm thick case in 18ct pink gold or 950 platinum
Box-type sapphire crystal
Transparent sapphire case-back
18ct pink gold crown with black sapphire inlay, engraved with an individual number water-resistant to 50m

Dial
Black lacquered dial revealing the tourbillon carriage and the Papillon system; “papillon” hands in 18ctwhite or pink gold.

Strap
Brown (for the pink gold version) or black (for the platinum version) alligator leather strap with 18ct pink gold double-blade folding clasp

Limited Edition
10-piece limited series for the platinum version and 30-piece limited series for the pink gold version.

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