BVLGARI launch partnership with rugby

Golf, tennis or polo have been the favourite sports of major international luxury brands for decades, some, such as Rolex, Louis Vuitton or Lacoste being long time traditional partners of major competitions. Time has come for world class rugby to be recognized as an elite sport.

Italian luxury company BVLGARI, now owned by LVMH Group, launched earlier this week a limited edition ”All Blacks” watch in partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union. With the occasion of the annoucement of the two year partnership, Bvgari donated a customized, engraved watch to the All Blacks Earthquake Appeal for Christchurch children, charity which is providing support for children affected by the earthquake.

Endurer Chronosprint All Blacks Edition, an all-black chronograph in an elliptical case in DLC treated Staybrite stainless steel, and with a concave screw-down bezel. The watch runs on the Daniel Roth DR 1306 calibre, which has 34 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours.  The mainplate is circular grained, bridges have the Côtes de Genève. The crystal is AR-coated sapphire, the caseback screw-in and with a semi-transparent tinted crystal and applied All Blacks logo. Water resistance is 100 metres.

The chronograph hours and minutes are shown by hands of different lengths at the 6 o’clock subdial. The chrono function’s start, stop and reset functions are via a rectangular pusher at 7.30. The large date display is at 12 o’clock. The hour markers and hands have Superluminova. Interestingly, although the name “Chronosprint” implies the timing of shorter periods, this chronograph doesn’t actually count seconds, only hours and minutes.