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Serpenti Watch

About the Design

While the BVLGARI Serpenti watch technically arrived first, it was a decorative bracelet from the Italian luxury jewelry house’s signature line that made a notable impact, thanks to a little help from Hollywood.

In 1962, the brand garnered international attention after its now-legendary serpent motif made its way into a photograph taken on the set of the star-studded historical epic Cleopatra. A BVLGARI Serpenti bracelet — with its stunning snake head encrusted with diamonds — was wrapped around the wrist of the film’s star, Elizabeth Taylor, and the already desirable design was suddenly splashed across the pages of the tabloids, particularly as news of the actress’s romantic affair with Richard Burton made the rounds. The serpent motif had by then been around for nearly 15 years, as Giorgio and Constantino Voulgaris — the sons of BVLGARI founder Sotirios Voulgaris who’d taken over the business when their father passed away in 1932 — introduced a wristwatch with a case that resembled the head of a snake in the 1940s.

Elegant and artful, BVLGARI’s snake motif began as an homage to jewelry of the Roman and Hellenistic eras. And fittingly, serpents have long been symbolic of time — of eternity and renewal. Credit for decades of demand for jewelry adorned with reptiles can be attributed to Queen Victoria’s illustrious engagement ring, which took the form of a gold snake set with rubies, diamonds and an emerald (her birthstone). When Taylor’s Serpenti bracelet appeared, the attention had artisans at BVLGARI exploring variations on the house’s popular theme, but the original snake, in 1948, was characterized by a golden yellow body, its tail and head encrusted with diamonds. 

The debut of the inaugural Serpenti watch coincided with BVLGARI’s adoption of the Tubogas, or gas-pipe, goldsmithing technique, in which bands of gold are wrapped around a steel core without soldering, bringing the flexible braided bracelet to fruition. The design was quintessentially BVLGARI: bold, colorful and eye-catching. The snake was more abstract in appearance back then; over the years, the timepiece has assumed more of its namesake’s tangible physical features. Variations were introduced that had the face obscured by a hinged cover, which better emulated a snake’s head, and today, watches featuring the snake motif are available in a wide range of different styles, including bands dotted with hexagonal patterns inspired by snake scales and more. 

Today Serpenti is one of BVLGARI’s most popular collections.

Bulgari Serpenti Watch

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Located in New York, NY
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Unusual Black Yellow Bulgari Tubogas Ladies Watch
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Vintage 1960s Retro Bracelets

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A tricolor (white, yellow and pink) 18kt gold Tubogas lady’s wristwatch by Bulgari, carrying a Gerald Genta movement. Made in Italy, circa 1965.
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Bulgari Serpenti Watch Twist 18k Yellow Gold Ref. 103063 Pave Dial
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Brand: Bvlgari Collection: Serpenti Style: Serpenti Jewellery Watch Stones: Diamonds Movement: Quartz Case: 18k Yellow Gold set with Brilliant Cut Diamonds dial Case Size: 27 m...
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Bulgari Vintage Coral Serpenti Bracelet Watch
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A rare vintage Bulgari bracelet-watch from the Serpenti collection. Made as 3 coils in natural coral and 18k yellow gold. The eyes are set with 2 pear-shape rubies, mouth opening to...
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20th Century Italian Wrist Watches

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Coral, 18k Gold

Bulgari Diamond and Onyx 'Serpenti' Wristwatch in 18k Rose Gold
By Bvlgari
Located in New York, NY
Bulgari Diamond And Onyx 'Serpenti' coil Wristwatch in 18k Rose Gold. The watch has a quartz movement. Made in 18k rose gold. Set with 458 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing total...
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Early 20th Century Italian Artist Wrist Watches

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Bulgari Ladies Diamond Mother of Pearl Yellow Gold Serpenti Quartz Wristwatch
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A 18K rose gold Bulgari Serpenti watch, designed as coiled serpent, the dial set with mother-of-pearl, the scales applied with enamel, set with round diamonds, quartz movement. Sign...
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Bvlgari Serpenti Spiga SP P 35G Rose Gold Ceramic Diamond Coil Watch
By Bvlgari
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Brand: BVLGARI Model Name: Spiga Serpenti Model Number: SP P 35 G Movement: Automatic Case Shape: Unique Case ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Bvlgari Serpenti Bracelet/Wristwatch Mother of Pearl and Diamond
By Bvlgari
Located in New York, NY
Bvlgari Serpenti Bracelet/Wristwatch In Coiled Rose Gold, Mother-of- Pearl and Diamond 18 kt., quartz, composed of polished tapered scales accented by round diamonds approximately 2...
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1990s Italian Artist Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Bulgari Lady's Yellow Gold Juvenia Movement Pear Shaped Tubogas Wristwatch
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A Bulgari Tubogas 18kt yellow gold lady’s wristwatch with a refined pear shaped dial, carrying a Juvenia watch movement. Circa 1965
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Bulgari White Gold Diamonds Tubogas Ladies Watch
By Bvlgari
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A Bulgari Tubogas Lady's Watch watch in 18kt white gold with 29 round brilliant cut diamonds around the dial and on the tail; Movado movement. Made in Italy, circa 1965.
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Bulgari Rare Black and Yellow Gold Tubogas Ladies Watch
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Vintage 1960s Italian More Bracelets

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Bulgari Lady's Tricolor Gold Tubogas mechanical Wristwatch
By Bvlgari
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A Bulgari Tri-Colour Gold Lady’s Wristwatch with mechanical movement. Made in Italy, circa 1965.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Retro Bracelets

Materials

18k Gold

Bvlgari Serpenti Jewelry Watch 101790
By Bvlgari
Located in Southampton, PA
The Bvlgari Serpenti Jewellery watch, reference number 101790, is a member of the sublime “Serpenti” collection. It is made of 18K rose gold and embellished with diamonds and onyxes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

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