Understated artistry in the Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Special Edition

A brief look at the collaborative timepiece by Italian luxury house Bulgari and one of Japan’s most notable artists

The Bulgari Aluminum collection has proven itself as quite a versatile “platform” for collaborations between the Italian watchmaker and other creative names. The Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph Ducati, for one, is a great example. No less amazing, of course, was when Bulgari teamed up with one of Japan’s most famous artists, Hajime Sorayama.

Meet the Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Special Edition:

The watch highlights three major design elements: First, there are circular pattern swirls on the dial inspired by the surface of the Spirit of St. Louis, the first aircraft to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Then there’s the number two at the 2 o’clock position while the other hours are indicated by baton markers. Two is Sorayama’s lucky number, as he was born on February 22 on the twenty-second year of the Shōwa era. And finally, there is the SORAYAMA logo.

On a more technical note, the Bulgari Aluminium Sorayama Special Edition comes in a 40mm aluminum case with a DLC-coated titanium caseback and a rubber strap. The watch is powered by the BVL 192 mechanical self-winding movement. And, perhaps most importantly, the watch is a limited-edition release of only 1,000 pieces.