By Kien Lee
Bulgari the Italian jeweller famed for its cabochon-cut coloured gems in its watch creations, expressing Mediterranean warmth and exuberance, has come together with MB&F celebrated for its radical approach to horlogerie with its radical timepieces, in a new LM FlyingT Allegra.
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In it, we see the convergence of jewellery-making and mechanical audacity. MB&F works on volumes and complexity, while Bulgari creates two-dimensional models with a radically graphic aesthetic. The choice fell upon MB&F's GPHG 2019 winner of Best Ladies' Complication Watch, the Legacy Machine FlyingT, to provide the platform to create the new magnificent collaborative piece.
I wanted LM FlyingT to possess the epitome of femininity as reflected by the women in my life, particularly my mother. It had to combine supreme elegance with tremendous vitality" Maximilian Büsser
The volumes of the FlyingT Allegra features a case entirely redesigned by Bulgari to give it a futuristic and opulent profile, enhanced by the radiance of coloured stones. These gems counterbalance the cold precision and micromechanical complexity of this model with a warm and exuberant signature touch.
For each of the 20 timepieces composing the two pink or white limited editions, jewellers have carefully selected tourmaline, tsavorite, diamonds, rubellite, amethyst, tanzanite and topaz, in an exceptional composition forming a full circle around the movement. The dial entirely paved with snow-set diamonds provides a dazzling backdrop.
Coloured gems enable the artisans at Bvlgari to create authentic compositions through a gradual process aimed at achieving harmony and chromatic power adapted to the design of the model. Cut is very important, and Bulgari favours the cabochon which ensures extreme clarity of the stone while emphasising the opulence of the creation. The cabochon cut perfectly matches the FlyingT Allegra’s round and voluminous case.
With this exceptional partnership between a jewellery house and an independent watchmaker, two visions of the world, two interpretations of creativity that are radically different in form, have merged to produce an unimitable end-product of divine magnificence.