The Papillon Tourbillon Central flutters into the Bulgari collection

The Papillon Tourbillon Central flutters into the Bulgari collection

Fly away

Text: Vimidamini Haridasan

Nature sits on your wrists and powers along with the reinterpreted Papillon

In their reinterpretation of the Papillon collection, Bulgari has presented another limited edition creation that showcases the luxury watchmaker's unique way of telling time. The patented Papillon system is featured on the 45mm Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central, allowing for the time to be displayed in a manner that is complex, yet so simple.

Like two monarch butterflies taking flight, two retractable, diamond-shaped hands in 18-carat gold sit on a supporting disc to indicate the minutes. While one sweeps over the graduated minutes scale, the other remains in position, waiting to take over when needed. The jumping hours are displayed in a window at the 12'o clock position. With the system that is manufactured in-house, less power is used and thus creates a positive impact on the 60-hour power reserve.


With a satin brushed, polished and bevelled case and screw heads in 18-carat pink gold or platinum, the elegance and complexity of the design is framed perfectly. The tourbillon movement of the timepiece is visible in the middle of the dial, through the sapphire crystal glass that also protects the case back. When paired with the pink gold case, the timepiece is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap, while a black alligator leather strap is matched with the platinum case.


The Bulgari Papillon Tourbillon Central is available in a ten piece limited series, in platinum and a 30-piece limited series in pink gold.