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Everyone seems obsessed about being thin. The merest hint of late-onset ‘puppy fat’ is frowned upon by fashionistas and medical professionals alike. It would appear that a ‘lithe’ torso is very much en vogue.
In the esoteric world of watchmaking, there is a greater acceptance of plumpness. Many alpha males have succumbed to the charms of a sturdy diver’s watch, appreciating its robust physique and no-nonsense legibility.
The world of horology also indulges those calorie averse buyers who appreciate a sylphlike waist. However, the challenge of making an ‘ultra-thin’ watch is that by making the baseplate and bridges thinner, there is an inherent risk that the movement will lack torsional rigidity.
With components such as the train sitting close to neighbouring parts, the merest suggestion of flex can result in wheels fouling other micro-components. Quite simply, an ultra-thin watch presents many challenges which need to be overcome. Personally, I would only consider an ultra-thin timepiece which has been produced by a specialist in the field.
Bulgari, is a Maison possessing incredible horological prowess with a specific expertise in crafting ultra-thin timepieces. While the luxury firm is based in Rome, its extensive watchmaking operations are located throughout Switzerland. Bulgari is a Manufacture, creating its own impressive movements. Furthermore, the brand is an exemplar of vertical integration, with in-house facilities producing dials, cases and bracelets. Be under no misapprehension, Bulgari is a watch brand par excellence.
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