Bulgari Daniel Roth Tourbillon Chrono Rattrapante Watch
While the indicators on the dial are laid out logically with a good eye for symmetry, the style of the dial and the colors used just don't do it for me. The dial has an excessive amount of little hash marks. So many that they feel visually distracting. That and the many vertical lines of the texturing on the darker, brushed segment of the dial (done in blackened gold), feel overwhelming. The split personality of the dial (to compliment the split second chronograph?) is an interesting ideal in theory artistically, but I am not buy it here. There are just too many colors on the dial that want to be dominant, but aren't. Gold, white, various shades of black, and blue. It doesn't feel cohesive - I feel like I am looking at two watches mushed together. Reminds me of Two Face from Batman. In a sense it is. The design of the watch is a mixture of Bulgari and Daniel Roth. This new exercise in blending the two is feeling contrived. Neither is winning, and results feel a bit forced.
The Bulgari Daniel Roth Tourbillon Chrono Rattrapante comes in a big size of 46mm wide for this case style. It is in 18k rose gold, with pretty large pushers and a crown. There is also a pusher built into the crown (probably for the rattrapante complication). Overall, an interesting movement is hampered down by a less than satisfying design. The watch tries to be both Bulgari and Daniel Roth at the same time, and in the end it is neither. It isn't a bad piece, and if the design speaks to you, then by all means you should consider it. Though from my point of view Bulgari should go back to the drawing board and build a better case and dial for this movement.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.