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Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Bracelet Watch

$22,500Asking Price

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A refined and abstract design by Bulgari, Rome, this 1970s Serpenti watch is set into a coiled bracelet composed of highly flexible gold. Designed to wrap like a serpent around the arm, the spiraling bracelet is formed of tubogas links simulating the supple body of a snake, tapering at the tail and completed at the head by a watch with black oval dial and Arabic and abstract numeral indicators that encloses a mechanical movement. Highly prized for its superb construction, the Serpenti watch is a stylish and original choice for a wristwatch: beautiful, modernist, and practical. Artist: Bulgari, Rome Country: Italy Circa: 1970s Size: 15.50” length, 0.75” width Materials: 18K Gold (weighing 87.3 grams including crystal and mechanical movement); Together with signed, structured fold-over leather presentation pouch Signed: “BVLGARI G.1221.4 7877” Literature: For several Serpenti Tubogas bracelet-watches of this design, which were featured in the 2016 exhibition at the Museo di Roma along with work by modernist artists such as Calder and Nikki de Sant-Phalle, see SERPENTIform, Art Jewelry Design, by Bulgari Heritage Curator Lucia Boscaini, pp. 210-213; Further, a Serpenti Tubogas watch is pictured in Bulgari, by Daniella Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Abbeyville Press, 1996, p. 155

Details

  • Creator
  • Design
    Serpenti Tubogas WatchSerpenti Collection
  • Metal
  • Weight
    87.3 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 0.75 in. (19.05 mm)Length: 15.50 in. (393.7 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: W-199531stDibs: LU8911680312

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About the Designer

Bvlgari

Greek silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris arrived in Rome in 1881 and set up his own shop there in 1884, calling it Bulgari, an Italianization of his last name (eventually spelled BVLGARI, using the classical Latin alphabet in a nod to ancient Roman culture). In 1905, he opened the company’s flagship boutique on Rome’s Via dei Condotti.Although the house found success with its silverwork and Art Deco designs, popular through the 1920s, its signature style — bold, often using yellow gold embellished with big colorful gemstones — began to emerge when Sotirios’s sons inherited the business, in 1932. The brand truly hit its stride in the dolce vita era of the 1950s and ’60s, when the founder’s grandsons Paolo, Gianni and Nicola Bulgari decisively departed from demure traditional styles to develop the house’s exuberant multi-gem looks, attracting celebrity collectors like Elizabeth Taylor.In the 1940s, BVLGARI debuted perhaps its most famous design, the Serpenti bracelet watch. The piece’s snakelike coils were made possible by the tubogas jewelry technique, which links a flexible series of thin horizontal bands. Both the sleek, modern tubogas construction and the sinuous snake motif continue to be synonymous with the BVLGARI brand.On 1stDibs, our collection of BVLGARI jewelry includes rings, necklaces, watches and other accessories.
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