Bulgari Introduces the Hora Domvs Dual Time Zone that Accounts for DST

A twin time zone and world time watch rolled into one, the Hora Domvs also features an unusual, but manual, summer time function.

The latest from Bulgari is a wristwatch that combines several various travel watch complications, making it an extremely comprehensive travel watch, though one that is not entirely new.

Time is indicted by the central hands, with the white Super-Luminova-filled hands showing local time, while the open-worked hour hand shows home time. An arrow at six o’clock points to the city that represents the current local time zone, while separate indicators show day and nighttime for both the local and home time zones. A pusher at four o’clock advances the local time hand by an hour.

Bulgari HORA DOMVS 3

More unusual is the daylight savings time (DST) function that shifts certain time zones forward during summer can. This has to be done manually via a pusher at eight o’clock, and is indicated in a window at nine o’clock when in use. Not many watches account for DST, and one of the few others that do is the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite.

As for the name, Hora domus is Latin for “home time”, but rendered with a Latin alphabet “v” for Hora Domvs, which is also how Bvlgari styles itself.

Bulgari Hora Domus time zone

The base movement is the BVL191, an automatic movement made in-house by Bulgari. The module with the clever time zone display is also in-house, but not a new. Like many of the other complications offered by Bulgari, the mechanism was originally developed by Daniel Roth, and launched as the Metropolitan in 2006.

Bulgari HORA DOMVS 4

The Italian jeweller acquired Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta in the year 2000, gaining their expansive library of movements and complications. Bulgari then merged the two brands into its own line of watches, while ensuring many of the two brands’ best complications persisted. The recent Bulgari Octo Finissimo minute repeater, for instance, reboots a Gerald Genta movement from the 1980s, proving perhaps that good things last a long time.

Bulgari HORA DOMVS 1

The Hora Domvs is a large 45mm in diameter, with a “box-shaped” sapphire crystal. It’s only available in pink gold with either a black or silver dial. The watch will be available starting October 2016, with a price tag of SFr34,700 or S$51,500.

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Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 in Rose Gold

The rose gold Cornes de Vache 1955 joins the original in platinum, adding another vintage-remake chronograph to Vacheron Constantin's offerings.

Unveiled last year in platinum, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 is a chronograph modelled on the 1950s Vacheron Constantin ref. 6087. The nickname cornes de vache, which translates as “cow horns”, stems from the pointed lugs. Though the Cornes de Vache 1955 is not a novel design, the look is immediately appealing, including in its latest guise in rose gold.

The rose gold Cornes de Vache 1955 is nearly identical to its platinum sibling, with the same silver dial featuring blue accents on the tachymetre as well as blued steel chronograph hands. The case remains 38.5mm in diameter and just under 11mm high, containing the calibre 1142.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 rose gold 1

Based on the Lemania 2310 (best known as the calibre 321 found inside the original Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch), the 1142 is now made in-house by Vacheron Constantin. That is thanks to its sister company Roger Dubuis, which bought the rights to make the movement in the mid-2000s. Though still recognisable as the Lemania 2310, the 1142 has been significantly upgraded, most notably with a free-sprung balance wheel and a decorative Maltese cross on top of the column wheel.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 rose gold 2

Pricing and availability 

The Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 in rose gold (ref. 5000H/000R-B059) is priced at US$53,600 or S$82,500. It will be available starting September 2016.

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