The Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon minute repeater is an exceptional timepiece. The carillon function is a rare complication in which the striking mechanism plays at least three notes. In the Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon, it is achieved by the use of three hammers. At the 2015 Baselworld expo, the luxury brand introduced a new version of the Carillon Tourbillon watch that provides a fresh interpretation of the exceptional model. The new iteration features a slimmer pink gold case and subtly reworked design to deliver enhanced legibility, while maintaining the signature characteristics of its original design.
The mechanical hand-wound Manufacture Calibre DR3300 comprises of 327 parts that are tastefully arranged around the tourbillon carriage. The traditional minute repeater is composed of two hammers and gongs, allowing it to play a low note for the hours, a low-high note for quarters and the high note for minutes. In the Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon watch, as mentioned before the term carillon is used to refer to the special minute repeater complication that uses not two, but rather three hammers and gongs. The gongs of the Carillon Tourbillon are delicately fashioned in several successive stages. These entirely handcrafted gongs emit a perfect and absolutely identical sound quality. The reworked design has functional benefits. The dial is suspended from the inner bezel ring and covered by a faceted sapphire crystal. It serves to enhance the resonance of the striking mechanism while also providing enhanced lateral visibility of the mechanism. The lever has also been redesigned and repositioned to ensure an optimal grip. Lastly, the case itself has been redesigned and slimmed down. There is no word on the pricing and availability as of yet.