Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time
The Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time is equipped with a dual time zone and highly legible dial layout. Angus Davies gets ‘hands-on’ with this remarkable timepiece, highlighting its many attributes.
This detailed review of the Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time includes live images, specification details and pricing.
I don’t profess to speak Latin, however, there are a few words and phrases I know. ‘Carpe diem’, ‘annus horribilis’ and ‘honi soit qui mal y pense’ are all phrases I have come across in daily life. Now, Bulgari has enlarged my Latin vocabulary just a little more with the advent of the ‘Hora Domus’ or ‘home time’ watch.
Bulgari, the maison which is no stranger to stylish timepieces, has unveiled its latest watch for globetrotters, the Hora Domus Dual Time. Although equipped with two city discs, collectively adorned with 24 cities, this watch chooses to reveal only two place names at a time. The result of this horological rationing is a dial which proves eminently simple to read, avoiding the visual clutter of some worldtimers.
The dial is a sea of ebony, providing the perfect foil for the pink gold case to shine cheerily. The hour markers are slender, elongated batons which sparkle sumptuously in ambient light.
The local time is imparted with sword-shaped hands lined with luminescent fill, while the home time is conveyed with an open-worked hour hand, sans luminescent treatment. The visual contrast between the hands makes determining the hour at home and abroad child’s play.
In order to use the ‘Dual Time’ function, the ‘local’ hour hand is positioned above the ‘home’ hour hand using the crown. Thereafter, selecting the appropriate city involves merely pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock, causing the ‘local’ hour hand to advance. The two cities displayed are 12 hours apart, hence Rio, as displayed in these images, is GMT -3 hours, while the second city, Tokyo, is GMT +9 hours. The local city is indicated with an arrow below the fulcrum of the dial pointing to the appropriate city.
If the wearer wishes to switch from the city displayed at the bottom of the dial to the city displayed at the top of the dial, they simply press the push piece at 10 o’clock, switching from am to pm or vice versa. The aforementioned arrow below the fulcrum of the dial will now switch and point to the new prevailing city.
My explanation of this timepiece may make it sound rather complicated to use but surprisingly it is not. Indeed, the system is highly intuitive to use.
At 8 o’clock, a push piece allows the wearer to switch between ’S’ – summer time (daylight saving time) and ‘W’ – winter time. Again, this is indicated with an ’S’ or ‘W’ within an aperture near the centre of the dial.
Lastly, a day / night indicator for ‘home’ time features on the dial, completing the list of indications presented.
The case shape will prove familiar to fans of Daniel Roth, a company which has been part of the Bulgari stable for some time. The allure of this case shape never diminishes with the onset of years and it continues to remain incredibly appealing to me, despite having seen it on many occasions. It is the fusion of straight sides and sensual curves which continues to make this case look splendid.
Measuring 45mm in diameter, with a case height of 11.90mm, the case of the Hora Domus Dual Time is substantial. However, it is thanks to the notable scale of the case that all functions are sufficiently spaced, aiding ease of read-off.
The bezel and caseband are intricately formed, consisting of several stepped lines which confer fascinating facets which flirt with light. The crown is adorned with a cabochon and the pusher at 4 o’clock is generously proportioned.
Bulgari is a vertically integrated company par excellence, making dials, movements and, in this instance, cases. Being vertically integrated allows the company to deliver impressive products at comparatively keen prices.
The manufacture self-winding movement within the Hora Domus Dual Time is revealed via an exhibition case back.
The Hora Domus Dual Time is equipped with the Caliber BVL 191 movement equipped with a dual time module. Both the movement and module are made in-house. The balance has a frequency of 21,600 vph (3Hz) and the power reserve provides 48 hours of autonomy. The movement contains a total of 26 jewels.
Bulgari’s mechanical expertise is highly impressive. Moreover, it has a masterful capacity to finish its movements beautifully. The mainplate is circular grained, while the oscillating mass and bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève motif and, in the case of the bridges, feature bevelled edges. The finissage of this movement is gorgeous.
I cannot hide my admiration for the Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time and by this stage I have already revealed my hand. The dual time display is user-friendly and the dial layout provides much of the convenience of a world timer but without the visual clutter this implies.
Pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock as well as using the push pieces at 8 and 10 o’clock prove natural, requiring little effort on the part of the wearer.
However, such profound utility in terms of ease of use does not come at the expense of beauty; the Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time is most definitely beautiful. The hue of the dial, the shape of the case and the exquisite finishing of the movement all collaborate together to make this watch a magnificent watch or rather ‘magnificum’.
- Model: Bulgari Hora Domus Dual Time
- Case: 18-carat pink gold; diameter 45mm; height 11.90mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; multiple time zone display; summer / winter time; a.m./p.m indication; day/night indication.
- Movement: Caliber BVL191 with in-house module, self-winding movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
- Strap: Alligator leather strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle
- Price: $38,300 (RRP as at 21.1.2017)