The latest addition from the house of Bulgari is intended for frequent flyers and travelers. The new Hora Domus Dual Time Zone unites two complications important for one travel watch – the GMT and the world timer – bringing something quite unique. The term “Hora Domus” is Latin and stands for “Home Time.
In general, dual time-zone timepieces are built on the idea that the main hands show your local time, while a secondary hand indicates your home time. This secondary home time indication can either work on a 12- or 24-hour scale. That sometimes can cause confusion if you want to know whether it’s AM/PM in your home city, and definitely is less convenient than being able to tell instantaneously what time it is back home. This issue has been solved with the new Bulgari Hora Domus watch which has a 12-hour home time display which is linked to an AM/PM indicator placed just above the Bulgari logo in the center of the dial.
The new Bulgari travel watch can show any two of 24 full-hour timezones. The future owner of this exceptional timepiece can switch easily between them using the pusher which is set into the case at the 4 o’clock position. By each press of the button, both the upper and lower apertures of the dial are advanced by one increment, and the lumed local time’s hour hand is also advanced by one increment. When you set the time at both your home and local timezones, then you can set indication if it is a.m. or p.m. at home via the push-piece set into the case at the 10 o’clock position.
A small aperture placed beneath the center of the dial with a triangle in it, always points up or down to show the wearer’s actual time-zone. Besides, the new Hora Domus Dual Time Zone also indicates the current season, and can be adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (DST) via a pusher located at the 8 o’clock position. This is a very rare feature which in my opinion should be present more often in multiple time zone timepieces.
The impeccable movement that provides all these complicated functions is based on Bulgari’s caliber BVL 191 automatic caliber which uses an attached in-house module that controls the complications. The mechanism accommodates two wide and very legible discs, carrying the city names. The movement is mounted on 26 jewels, has the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and it provides about 42 hours of power reserve.
The complicated movement is enclosed in a 45mm-wide, oval-shaped case crafted from 18-karat pink gold. Just like the most complications offered by Bulgari, the mechanism was originally developed by Daniel Roth in 2006.
The luxury watchmaking brand offers two dial options – black and silver. The Bulgari Hora Domus will be available since October 2016. The retail price will be around €36,000 which is approximately $40,000.