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Bulgari - Papillon Heure Sautante and Papillon Tourbillon Central

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The new Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante, recently unveiled in Mexico during the SIAR
(Salón Internacional Alta Relojería) 2015, is the latest reinterpretation of the ingenious patented minutes indication system.

Inspired by the flight of the butterfly, this mechanism bears two independent, retractable, diamond-shaped hands on a supporting disc. Each one alternately sweeps over a graduated minutes scale spread over a 180-degree half circle.

The minutes are successively indicated by each of the two hands. The first is positioned on the segment and thus signals the progression of the minutes, while the second one remains ‘off-duty’ in retracted position and thus invisible throughout the rotation of the disc bearing them.

When the first hand reaches the 55th minute on the display segment, the other hand progressively completes a quarter turn to move into a position parallel to the first one on the 00 minutes marker. The first hand then moves into its retracted position for the following 55 minutes.

The dark anthracite dial of the Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante (ref. 102069) displays the jumping hour, indicates the minutes via the "Papillon" device, and shows the seconds by the central hand.

The 45 mm case is crafted from pink gold or white gold with a transparent case back to display the mechanical self-winding manufacture movement, Calibre BVL 252, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 42-hour power reserve. This movement is decorated with great care and elegance expressed through alternate circular graining and the Côtes de Genève motif.

Bulgari created an even more exclusive model with the Papillon Tourbillon Central where the patented "Papillon" complication is combined with one of the most prestigious watchmaking feat, the tourbillon. The manufacture Calibre BVL 266 is hand-wound and beats at 21,600 vph with a power reserve of 60 hours.

The Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central will be produced in two limited editions: 10 pieces in platinum and 30 in pink gold.

Prices on request.

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