Held at the Bulgari flagship in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, the Bulgari High Jewellery and Watch presentation began with a growing sense of anticipation. Arriving at Bulgari’s door, one was seized with an inexplicable sensation that something extraordinary awaited behind the pristine glass doors. The thousand twinkles of diamonds and the megawatt sparkle of the coiled snake enticed passersby, majestically perched on pedestals at the front displays of the boutique.
A warm golden glow greeted visitors upon stepping into the space, and the spellbinding pull one initially experienced was at once deciphered inside. Diamond and gold serpents rested inside the glass display case, like mythical creatures resting in their rightful habitat. A rainbow of precious stones splashed across the warm space, bursting in a kaleidoscope of colours. Stepping into the world of Bulgari was like stepping into a realm of fantasy, filled with dreams and fables.
Welcoming guests to the presentation was Bulgari’s Director of High Complications, Andrea Granalli, who commenced the event with a thorough introduction to Bulgari’s men’s watches. The Tourbillon Saphir Ultranero set an ultra-suave tone to the presentation. A highlight at Baselworld 2015, the Ultranero’s arresting appearance was a result of innovative engineering, combined with Bulgari’s signature aesthetics.
While the watch presentation began with suave, masculine pieces and ended with the women’s fantasy timepieces, the high jewellery presentation was shrouded with fond nostalgia. Revisiting Rome in the early 1960s, when the world of cinema merged with the drowsy glamour of the Eternal City, Bulgari’s high jewellery pieces embodied the essence of La Dolce Vita. Adopting the famed Fellini film as a theme, the high jewellery collection celebrated an era where glamour was a way of life.
High Jewellery Senior Director, Giampaollo Della Croce, introduced sumptuous pieces inspired by classic divas of the silver screen. A dramatic aquamarine, sapphire and diamond set articulately exemplified the high glamour of the early 1960s, where complete sets of matching jewellery were indispensable partners-in-crime in creating the illusion of glamour. An 18-carat white gold with pavé diamond necklace and cuff set from the Diva collection, inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s intense and sensual cat eyes, adopted the defined yet fluid shape of the dame’s signature eye make-up.
A Bulgari collection is never complete without the presence of the label’s signature Serpenti. An emblem of sensuality and wisdom, the Serpenti collection is rich in symbolism, embodying the brand’s ultimate expression of glamour and magnetism. Cementing Bulgari’s close relationship with figures of the 1960s silver screen, the Serpenti collection contributed to the 1963 epic film “Cleopatra.” The jewels adorned the delicate wrists of lead actress Elizabeth Taylor, on and off-screen, stamping the brand’s place in cinematic history.
In the 2015 collection, the Serpenti jewels are coiled with pearl and pavé diamond scales. The double-coil bracelet plays with the contrast between the smooth texture of the mother-of-pearl and the ridges of the 7.3 carat pavé diamonds against pink gold, while the dramatic pair of earrings and ring assume the same distinguishing characteristics with mother-of-pearl and 0.6 carat diamond pavé. The pièce de résistance of the collection, a serpentine centrepiece, interprets drama and opulence with 7.2 carat diamond pavé and mother-of-pearl, its sinuous body wrapping seductively around the neck.
Following the presentation, a cinematic gala at Singapore’s St. Regis concluded the presentation in the only way Bulgari could end an event: glamorously with a dash of humour. Plumes and crystals recalled an era where glamour was alive, celebrating high jewellery and the illustrious women who gave life and character to the precious stones. Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner created by Michelin-starred Executive Chef of Bulgari’s Ginza Tower restaurant, Luca Fantin, paired with Sotirio wine from the private estate of Mr. Paolo and Giovanni Bulgari. Wrapping up the evening on a high note was a showcase of the brand’s most exquisite high jewellery and timepieces, tuned to the melody of an eight-piece string orchestra performing classic show tunes. Sheathed in emeralds, sapphires and diamonds, the showcase featured a 107 cm Serpenti necklace and a 172 carat pear-shaped aquamarine cuff bracelet: elegant and dramatic pieces to match the gala’s cinematic theme.