Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra Combines Fine Jewelry And Horology

The scintillating and award-winning “Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra” is just as much a watch as it is a glorious jewel waiting to be discovered.  

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s December 2023/January 2024 Issue.

Inspired by Egypt’s most alluring queen, the Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra by Bulgari is a hypnotic timepiece like no other. Created with over 50 carats of vividly colored gemstones, and around 4000 snow-set diamonds, the rose gold cuff conceals the watch face in its hexagonal geometry, nestled under a faceted clear topaz.

Bulgari's Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra
Bulgari’s “Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra”

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Mimicking the scales of the enigmatic serpent, which has long been part of the brand’s design heritage, the exquisitely crafted manchette exemplifies the perfect marriage of the Roman jewelry house’s expertise in haute joaillerie, with Swiss watchmaking savoir faire. In fact, each of the three-dimensional scales is unique in shape and size, to ensure this brilliant cuff is beautifully fluid and comfortable to wear.

Bulgari's award-winning Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra combines fine jewelry with watchmaking
Bulgari’s award-winning “Serpenti Misteriosi Cleopatra” combines fine jewelry with watchmaking

This one-of-a-kind marvel has showcased such design virtuosity and flair that it clinched the prestigious Jewelry award at the recently concluded Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, considered by many as the Oscars of watchmaking. Dazzling and majestically irreverent, just setting the custom- cut topazes, rubellites, tanzanites, and amethysts, along with the diamonds, took more than 470 hours of meticulous work.

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Photos courtesy of Bulgari. 

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