Since the Serpenti motif was first adopted in the 1940s, Bulgari has continuously found new ways of adapting the style to suit any taste. Serpenti pieces are seductive interpretations of the snake, inspired by Greek and Roman mythology and also by the Garden of Eden. The creature, which represents exotic charm, wisdom and hypnotic appeal, has been recreated by the brand in a host of sensual renditions that coil around the wrist. The open-faced watches show their true function, while secret watches with heads that lift or move to reveal the dial beneath, give a new meaning to Serpenti.
On the luxury side of Serpenti, as mentioned, Bulgari has just unveiled the haute Joaillerie Serpenti Seduttori watches. Featuring gem-set bangle bracelets, the new pieces focus on the glamour and beauty of geometric designs. Each watch features the iconic snakehead – richly embellished with gemstones that almost form a crown atop the head, which opens to reveal the watch dial beneath. These may well be the most colorful renditions of Serpenti the brand has ever created.
Even the Serpenti eyes are made with pear-shaped stones. This little snake has a 16 carat sapphire on top of its head, because of course it does.
According to Bulgari, this collection represents the first cuff-bracelet watch produced for Serpenti. In reality, the tail of the snake does not make \ closure contact with the head of the snake, making it more a bangle than a cuff.
The Seduttori is available in two versions, one in 18k rose gold set with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies and another in 18k white gold with diamonds, rubies, and one hell of a sapphire.
The case measures 36mm top to bottom and the bracelet wraps around the wrist with a hinged tail section. The bracelet itself is set with 197 brilliant and baguette-cut white diamonds in an alternating Art Deco pattern. The Serpenti head is set with two pear-shaped rubies for eyes, and the hinged head is set with a 16-carat deep blue cabochon sapphire (likely from Sri Lanka). If you have a cool $349,000 laying around, you should certainly consider this watch.