The Lucea watch family – Lucea deriving from light in Latin – shines brighter than ever with the arrival of a totally new women’s watch collection. Seamlessly fusing its jewelry-making heritage and watchmaking skills, Bulgari introduces the brand-new Lucea Tubogas. This new model is the first major design evolutions of the Lucea collection since it was launched in 2014.
Lucea Tubogas: The ultimate evolution of the Bulgari saga in feminine watches, started 100 years ago with the very first jewelry watches. Now with the world famous and contemporary design-acclaimed Tubogas bracelet For the first time, Lucea is presented with the iconic Tubogas bracelet, reminding us of Bulgari’s heritage as a jeweler. Caressing the wrist with exquisite comfort, five new Lucea Tubogas models bring an everyday modernity to the Lucea universe. The slinky links of the Tubogas bracelet add a pleasing symmetry when contrasted with the perfectly round face of the Lucea.
Available in 28 or 33mm models, the stylish stainless steel version has a dramatic black lacquer dial. A shimmering white mother-of-pearl dial complements the model with an alternating steel and rose gold Tubogas bracelet, also presented in 28 and 33mm sizes. Finally, a precious 33mm rose gold interpretation, resplendent with diamonds around the bezel and decorating the bracelet, completes the family. With a date window at 3 o’clock, a practical quartz movement powers the 28mm models while the 33mm versions boast a mechanical automatic-winding caliber. All five new Lucea Tubogas watches have diamond hour markers and a pink cabochon-cut gemstone set into the crown.
Christened Tubogas because of its similarity to a lowly woven-metal gas pipe, the technique has been used in jewelry making since the late ’40’s. An eloquent example of industrial-inspired design, it was popularized in the Art Deco period when the challenge of miniaturizing large engineered objects, and using them for novel purposes, took off. In the 1940s, Bulgari inserted a watch dial into a Tubogas bracelet to create a highly stylized serpent watch. The design was revived in the 1970s when Bulgari introduced it into watches, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The effect of a stark, engineered coil combined with coins and richly colored precious gems created a fascinating contrast that marked Bulgari’s style of jewels, intended to be worn and enjoyed every day.
Complicated to produce, the Tubogas is formed by long bands of gold or steel that are wrapped around a steel core. As they are coiled, the rounded contours of the bands interlock to conceal completely the inner structure. The specialist goldsmiths use no soldering. The flexibility of the coiled bands alone is what gives the Tubogas its characteristic bounce. Bulgari has extended the range to include three colors of gold fused into one single bracelet within the new Serpenti collection. Crafted with a jeweler’s sensibility, the result is a watch that is proudly Italian, unapologetically glamorous and forever stylish.