Rare Blackened Gold Bulgari Watch Tubogas Bracelet c. 1960s


18k yellow and blackened gold
88.2 grams
fits up to 5.75 wrist; the face is 3/4" x 1/2"
Stamped with the maker's mark, a hallmark for 18k gold and a serial number

A rare version of the iconic Bulgari Tubogas watch made in alternated blackened and yellow 18k gold.
The case is pear-shaped, with white face, gold batons and gold bar indices decorated with black enamel.
The watch is elegant, refined, and yet instantly grabs attention. It’s a bold variety of the classic Tubogas design.
Please be advised that the watch fits up to 5.75″ wrist (small bracelet size).

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    About Bulgari brand

    Always being inspired by the Roman culture and Italian sense of luxury, Bulgari brand has been having an ability to fabulously celebrate those traditions since the year of 1884.
    During its long history, Bulgari jewelry has been always in demand. Bulgari pieces became iconic because of the unique production approach. Instead of following current design rules, Bulgari places its bets on all things Italian.
    Opulent shapes, bright colored stones and an unexpected mixture of materials creates that special, always recognizable Bulgari vibe.
    Today the House added innovation to its core values list. Bvlgari collaborates with various contemporary artists, such as Refik Anadol,  Sougwen Chung, and Davide Quayola.
    Bulgari has expanded its offerings to include other luxury products such as fragrances, leather goods, and accessories, further establishing itself as a multifaceted luxury brand.

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    About Tubogas design

    A distinctive aesthetic of Tubogas was obtained from the gas pipes design. Bulgari adopted this look in 1940s with the help of Carlo Weingrill, who contributed his designer’s vision to the cause. As the name implied, the Tubogas style is flexible and adaptable to any jewelry form, from rings to watches. The actual tubogas technique, which was a plumbing manufacturing process, came from the 19th century. This technique required wrapping metal in tight coils around a central rode that was later removed, allowing to make a hollow chain. In the 1940s this process inspired a few French makers and Bulgari (in collaboration with Weingrill) to massively use this principle in jewelry making. The Tubogas technique was used for the famous Bulgari watch series called Serpenti. It symbolizes snake, a widely popular element in ancient Roman culture.

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