Two Colour Gold Tubogas Wrist Watch, Serpenti by Bulgari
A bicolor “Tubogas” wristwatch, the circular dial with Arabic “6” and “12” and baton hour markers, the bezel engraved BULGARI BULGARI, to a coiled expandable bracelet, diameter of dial including bezel 19mm. Made from 18 karat gold. Marked with gold hallmarks and numbered by Bulgari BB 19 1T, P.93466, and “Fabrique en Suisse” (meaning Made in Switzerland). Circa 1990s.
The Serpenti collection has become a hall-mark design for Bulgari. The enamel Tubogas (gas-pipe) band is both flexible and firm. It is a feat of engineering. Adapted from steel gas-pipes, strips of gold are wrapped around a copper or wooden core in a continuous row. Through this labour intensive process the links are fixed together without soldering.
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