Com­pet­i­tive Spirit

Bul­gari puts forth two new Di­agono ath­letes in the watch­mak­ing arena. By Yong Wei Jian

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Special Feature -

The em­pha­sis on com­pe­ti­tion and ath­letic achieve­ment in Greek cul­ture was re­lated to the ideal of in­di­vid­ual ex­cel­lence, and it is this men­tal­ity that in­forms the na­ture of Bul­gari’s Di­agono. The col­lec­tion’s name even has its roots in the An­cient Greek word “agôn”, which cov­ers all forms of com­pe­ti­tion. But more than phys­i­cal prow­ess, it’s about the el­e­gance of ex­e­cu­tion, em­bod­ied by My­ron’s Dis­cobo­lus, in which a sleekly mus­cu­lar body is cap­tured in sta­sis just be­fore the re­lease of the dis­cus. In­spired by the in­ter­play be­tween power and grace, Di­agono watches as­pire to be both ath­letes and aes­thetes alike.

Through its many sport­ing en­deav­ours, the col­lec­tion reg­u­larly com­bines high-tech ma­te­ri­als for strength and en­durance. The Di­agono Mag­ne­sium Chrono­graph is a con­tem­po­rary ex­em­plar, show­cas­ing the name­sake el­e­ment along­side three res­o­lutely tech­ni­cal ones. Durable and light­weight mag­ne­sium forms the cen­tre of the 42.5mm case, pro­tected by PEEK guards (an ad­vanced poly­mer used in space and air­crafts) and a ce­ramic bezel for re­sis­tance; stain­less steel ( in black PVD coat­ing) case back, crown, and push­ers com­plete the struc­tural makeup. To en­hance the bold sporti­ness of the watch, the dial and mag­ne­sium parts are lac­quered in Mo­tor­lac, a high- per­for­mance auto coat­ing that im­parts a vi­brant grainy tex­ture in black, blue, red, or grey. The en­gine is the B130 self-wind­ing chrono­graph cal­i­bre with a 42- hour power re­serve, while a vul­can­ised rub­ber strap com­ple­ments its water re­sis­tance of 100m.

On the nau­ti­cal front, the fash­ion­able Di­agono Scuba resur­faces with greater re­fine­ment. The 1994 orig­i­nal was lauded as a sports watch with an ir­re­press­ible sense of style, so nat­u­rally, es­sen­tial el­e­ments of its de­sign are main­tained. The notched diver’s bezel once again picks up the ar­chi­tec­tural codes of Ro­man col­umns and arches, as do the hands and hour mark­ers, while the dial is cleared of text for vis­ual im­pact. The new Scuba in­cor­po­rates the man­u­fac­ture BVL 191 Solotempo cal­i­bre for sim­ple time telling, and is water re­sis­tant to a solid 300m. Avail­able in pink gold (for sporty lux­ury), steel, and bi- colour vari­a­tions, the lat­est model even in­cor­po­rates blue on the dial for an aquatic touch.

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