A Bit of Brawn: Testing the Bulgari Diagano Ceramic

Bulgari is known for its focus breitling replica eta on design, but the brand’s Diagono Ceramic is durable as well. Alexander Krupp takes a closer look at the watch in a piece from the the WatchTime archives. With images by OK-Photography.

Toughness isn’t the first thing you look for in a brand like Bulgari, which puts high style front and center. That’s why the brand’s sporty Diagono Ceramic is a bit of a surprise: it’s built to withstand all manner of threats, from water, hard knocks and abrasion.Bulgari Diagono Ceramic on the High Seas.

The watch is named for its scratch-resistant ceramic bezel (the Bulgari name is inscribed on it twice, a design feature found on many Bulgari watches). The case is water resistant to 100 meters and fitted with a rubber strap. The caseback and crown screw in to enhance impermeability. Crown protectors shield the crown from blows.

The Diagono Ceramic is easy to operate. Although the crown, which is coated with ceramic, is not large, it is easy to grasp and turn, thanks to its fluting. The chronograph buttons, which are also ceramic, require a bit of force to push down but have grooved surfaces to resist slipping.

The watch is also very comfortable. The swiveling cylindrical lugs, in conjunction with the ergonomically shaped strap, ensure a perfect fit for any wrist.

The Diagono Ceramic does somewhat less well when it comes to legibility. The hour and minutes hands stop way short of their corresponding markers and are difficult to see when they’re on top of the subdials because they are the same color as the subdials’ thick chapter rings. But at night, the luminosity of the hour and minutes hands and the hour markers is strong. The watch is almost easier to read at night than during the day.

Its timekeeping is good. The watch ran two seconds fast per day during the wearing test. The electronic timing machine showed a similar result: +1.5 seconds per day. The manufacturer adjusts the watch in five positions but we tested it in six and detected a fairly large difference among them. The greatest deviation when the chronograph was running was 10 seconds, due primarily to an anomaly in the crown right position. Few watch brands check this position since it seldom occurs in real life other than when the wearer looks at his watch. (The watchmaker who helped us with this test, Martin Thom of Depperich Jewelers in Reutlingen, tag heuer replica watches uk Germany, says all positions are important because they can reveal fine-adjustment problems and because watches kept on watch winders can remain in a particular position for a long time.)

The watch contains the ETA 2894 in its “Top” grade. Unlike a lower-quality “Elaboré” movement, a Top one has a temperature-resistant Glucydur balance (instead of a gold-plated nickel one) and a high-end hairspring. In addition, ETA subjects the movement to a more extensive adjustment process with lower tolerances.

Thom describes the 2894 as technologically advanced, reliable and easily serviceable. And, since it is smaller and thinner than the ETA 7753 (which is also used in watches like this one, with tri-compax displays), it fits in smaller watches, though its smaller dimensions mean reduced reliability.

The Diagono Ceramic’s excellent finishing and overall high-quality appearance justify its price of $8,750, which is in line with other Bulgari products. The watch’s ability to withstand various assaults from the environment is a bonus that will interest many potential buyers.

Manufacturer: Bulgari Horlogerie SA,   Rue de Monruz 34, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Reference number: DG42BSCVDCH
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date, hack mechanism
Movement: ETA 2894 “Top,” automatic, 28,800 vph, 37 jewels, Incabloc shock absorber, Etachron fine regulator with  eccentric, Anachron hairspring, power   reserve = 42 hours, diameter = 28.6 mm, height 6.1 mm
Case: Stainless steel, ceramic bezel and chrono pushers, flat sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating, screw-down crown, fully threaded stainless-steel caseback, water resistant to 100 m
Strap and clasp: Natural rubber strap with stainless-steel accents and pronged buckle
Rate results (Deviations in seconds per 24 hours; Chronograph off/on):
Dial up                        0/+2
Dial down                   +1/+2
Crown up                   +5/+5
Crown down              +1/+3
Crown left                  +6/+8
Crown right               -4/-4
Greatest deviation     10/12
Average deviation     +1.5/+2.7
Average amplitude:
Flat positions             298°/284°
Hanging positions    268°/256°
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm, height = 10.4 mm, weight = 131 g
Variations: Rose gold ($25,600)
Price: $8,750
SCORES:The buckle is simple but holds the watch securely.
Strap and clasp (max. 10 points): The natural rubber strap has an unusual, ergonomic design. The simple clasp is no match for it.                    8
Operation (5): The screw-down crown could be a bit larger but its fluted surface is ideal. The large pushers demand a bit of force to operate.                        4
Case (10): Perfect finishing, except for some hard-to-reach places between the mid-section and lugs.                         9
Design (15): Compelling sports watch  design with elegant accents.     14
Legibility (5): The center-mounted hands are noticeably short and are difficult to see when they’re above the subdials of the same color.                    3
Wearing comfort (10): Swiveling lugs and a moderately large case make for a very comfortable watch.             10
Movement (20): The “Top” grade of the standard chronograph movement, the ETA 2894, boasts a Glucydur balance, Anachron hairspring and various decorative finishes.         13
Rate results (10): The average deviation is very low, but the difference between the various positions is too high.     6
Value (15): The price is in line with the iwc replica online store high-quality finishing.  12
TOTAL:          79 POINTS

IWC Connect: The Latest “Smart” Watch Strap for Mechanical Timepieces

With last week’s announcement breitling replica online store of its IWC Connect device — an “intelligent tool” embedded in the straps of its watches — IWC Shaffhausen becomes the latest Swiss watch brand to offer a high-tech alternative to both traditional mechanical watches and so-called smartwatches such as the recently released Apple Watch.

According to the company, the concept behind IWC Connect is “to enable owners of IWC timepieces to control their connected environment directly from the wrist while also maintaining the integrity of a handcrafted mechanical timepiece.” In other words, to compare and contrast it with other “smart” and “connected” products introduced by Swiss watch companies over the past year or so, it appears to have more in common with Montblanc’s Urban Speed e-Strap (you can read about it here) — in that all the electronics will be inside the strap rather than in the watch itself — than with such “hybrid” devices as the MMT Horological Smartwatches and Bulgari’s Diagono Magnesium Concept watch, all of which have electronic components incorporated into mechanical movements.

While IWC has released little detailed information on tag heuer replica watches IWC Connect, its will be designed to allow wearers to control and interact with the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the term for a network of connected devices in one’s environment, as well as track an unspecified range of daily activities. The first IWC watch family to have its straps to be equipped with IWC Connect technology will be the popular Big Pilot’s Watch collection.IWC Connect strap - CU

“Seeing that many of our customers and brand ambassadors are wearing connected devices alongside their IWC watches, we chose to work with a like-minded digital technology company to develop an elegant, aesthetically complementary solution that eliminates the need to have additional devices on the opposing wrist to your IWC,” says IWC CEO Georges Kern. “But, and this is essential, we do not touch our beautiful watches – an ‘IWC’ stays a mechanical handcrafted timepiece. We’ve engineered an intelligent design solution which perfectly integrates and underlines our product worlds.”

IWC says that further information on IWC Connect, including a launch date, will become available on its website (www.iwc.com) and social media channels over the coming months. Scroll down to see a photo aaa iwc replica   and teaser video.