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Bulgari celebrates the anniversary of Serpent watch in Geneva

Bulgari Monete Catene secret watch (left) features the Caliber BVL 100 Piccolissimo movement

Bulgari’s jewelry crafting savoir-faire comes through most evidently in the smithing of the gourmette bracelets of the watches, known as catene in Italian. This quintessentially Italian style has been a part of Bulgari’s creative heritage since the 1940s, and first seen featuring the Monete design in the 1960s. Reminiscent of the Octo Monete watches of the past, the Monete Catene wristwatch comes with twin rows of catene chains lightly sprinkled with diamonds.

Bulgari Monete Catene Dual Time cuff watch

Meanwhile, the Monete Catene Dual Time takes things up several notches — decidedly into high jewelry territory — with five rows of chains all fully paved with diamonds. Its rectangular case was inspired by a Bulgari heritage watch from the 1970s and combines a single row of baguette diamonds on the periphery contrasting with snow-set diamonds all around the two coins. The entire watch also features rose gold in addition to touches of yellow and white gold set with more diamonds all around — talk about wrist candy.

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