At this years Baselworld, Bulgari is set to introduce several new timepieces into its exquisite collection. My favorite of these timepieces is the new Sotirio Bulgari 125th anniversary edition. Created to mark the brand’s anniversary as well as to commemorate the name of the brand’s founder, this remarkable watch is a unusual release for the brand in that it does not have the brand standard BVLGARI logo on its bezel. The Sotirio is named after the company’s founding father, Sotirio Bulgari, who is also known as Sotirios Voulgaris.

Available in 18 carat yellow, pink or white gold one of my favorite features of Sotirio is the flip-over case-back which provides extra protection to the sapphire crystal. The crown of the watch has a personalized Sotirio Bulgari historical hallmark. The silvered dial has some beautiful decoration with a vertical Cotes de Geneve pattern with Roman numerals and hand-applied faceted indexes. The dial is protected by curved sapphire crystal provided with antireflective treatment. The watch is powered by the Caliber BVL 250 automatic movement, which is composed of 250 parts and has a power reserve of 55 hours. The case is set on a black alligator leather strap fitted with an 18 carat Bulgari ardillon buckle. The watch is expected to retail for approximately $25,000 USD.

Azimuth is a relatively new company in the world of luxury watches. Founded in 2003, it is a fast-expanding watch company whose product innovation has fast tracked them to stand among giants. At this years Baselworld, Azimuth is presenting their very first Twin Barrel Tourbillon. The design of the watch follows in the footsteps of several brands before them, by finding inspiration from another luxury item - cars, or what Azimuth has called "hard core contemporary super cars." This is best seen in they silhouette of their case design, which echos that of a sports car. The case measuring 50 mm x 45 mm x 25 mm is cut from a solid block of Titanium and adorned with plates of carbon fiber fitted into the sides as well as the back of the case, making it ultra lightweight. The face of the watch is protected by a double domed sapphire crystal, giving an added dimension to the case.

The massive Tourbillon mechanism which is visible at the 6 o’clock position contains a KIF shock absorption system which acts as the “suspension” for the balance staff and cage. The Tourbillon Center Bridge is plated in Black Gold with the aim of giving it a more sporting feel. The hand wound movement beats at 28,800 VPH and has a 120 hour power reserve. The case is complimented by a special Interwoven black fiber Strap. The watch is to be produced as a limited edition of just 25 pieces and should become available June of 2009.

Corum will be debuting a titanium version of their Golden Bridge timepiece at this years Baselworld. Until now the Golden Bridge watch has only been produced in 18 karat gold and platinum editions, some with the addition of diamonds. Corum's Golden Bridge watch is a unique creation that was first created in the 1980's and was the first non-skeleton wristwatch to put the movement on the dial of the watch. The new titanium version nicely emphasizes the true beauty of the hand-engraved pink gold movement bridge.

The titanium edition of the new Golden Bridge is limited to only 188 pieces. The tonneau shaped case measures 34 mm by 51 mm and has several brushed surfaces, which is in contrast to the previous versions with their luxurious high polished finishes. The case houses a manually wound movement, the caliber CO113, and sports a variable inertia balance wheel which is adjusted with screws and hand-engraved plates. The movement contains 19 jewels that beat at 28,800 bph. In addition the movement supports a 40 hours of power reserve.

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