After the Monete secret watch’s debut in 2017, Bvlgari relaunched its 2019 version at their latest brand event held at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The watch features one of Bvlgari’s most recognizable motif, in which Monete uses ancient coins to create a link between past, present and nod to the Maison’s classical Greek and Roman roots.
The style was first conceived of by Nicola Bulgari in 1966, who asked the question, “Why not do something contemporary with what is immortal?” That sentiment captures the enduring power of Monete. The first Monete secret watches debuted in 2017, with the introduction of an Octo style and a jewellery-style pendant.
The Octo Roma Monete with an extra-thin skeleton movement, which comes in rose gold and in platinum, is fitted with an ultra-rare 4th century Roman coin on its face, and opens with a touch of a button to reveal the caliber BVL 268 SK—a mechanical manufacture movement with manual winding and flying tourbillon.
The rose gold watch features a 2000-year-old coin with the relief of the Emperor Constans, one of the three sons of Constantine the Great, who ruled Rome and the Western provinces of the Empire. Meanwhile the platinum version features a different coin that also depicts the Emperor Constans and his victory over the Franks, which was one of the highlights of his reign.
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