Bulgari Meets the All Blacks
At much personal risk, we brave the boundaries of logic yet again, to speak with a formidable watch-one that has been created as a tribute to one of the most lauded sides in professional rugby: the New Zealand All Blacks. Here's an excerpt from our 'interview' with the Bulgari Endurer Chronosprint, All Blacks edition.
We appreciate your time…er, pun unintended. Your creation stems from the association of two legendary names in their respective fields.
Legendary is a good word. Bulgari-or BVLGARI, as you may know them-need no introduction. They're icons in the world of luxury, having started with jewellery and expanded to include watches, fragrances and even hotels. For those exposed to rugby, the All Blacks are New Zealand's national rugby team, who competed for the first time in 1884, the same year Bulgari was founded.
However, they share more than just their year of commencement; both pride themselves on their style, dynamism and excellence. These values made Bulgari's tribute to the All Blacks all the more fitting. Another coincidental year is 1905, when Bulgari opened their historical boutique on the Via dei Condotti in Rome, and the All Blacks competed in their tour of the Northern Hemisphere-both incidents sparked the respective legends.
Along with your iconic association, your pedigree is equally impressive. Tell us more about your background.
A derivation of the Daniel Roth Endurer Chronosprint range, I am part of a limited edition production of watches encased in Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) steel. You'll notice my hour and minute hands are on an axis that's slightly off centre, to allow for the minute- and hour-chronograph. I have been created with the same Swiss craftsmanship as is expected of any Bulgari/Daniel Roth creation, albeit with a design that you'll be hard-pressed to find outside of the Maori culture.
The All Blacks have created an image that's hard to disassociate from the Maori culture. How has this been represented in you?
Well, the obvious representation is through the Maori motif on my dial-or face, as it were-a characteristic I share with the Maori warriors. But beyond that, I would think in the materials used, the DLC steel, specifically, reflects the same tough resolve that comes naturally to any Maori warrior.
The markings seem as formidable as their original Maori counterparts. We'd be inclined to believe they're merely there to scare away potential thieves. What do they really represent?
The moko (Maori tattoo) is worn as a symbol of status, by those who matter. It is different from other tattoos because it is made by carving the skin with an uhi (chisel). The markings themselves, the koru (bight or loop), are an affirmation of virility, rebirth and life. I like to think that while they are in and of themselves a representation of the Maori culture's presence in the All Blacks, they also offer a second, hidden meaning: that the legend will live on.
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