The relatively new Magnesium Series, which is highly praised with its color variations and budget friendly list prices, is a sub-product line of Diagono Collection. The version we have picked for a detailed review is the Ref. 102304.DG42C3SMCVDCH model.
The first Magnesium timepieces from Bulgari came out at the exhibition at Baselworld 2015. Because of the new series positive feedback, they have released a chronograph collection of the Magnesium Series this year at Baselworld 2016.
I start with the case as usual. Undoubtedly, Magnesium is the main topic of discussion in this section. We have witnessed the use of Magnesium, mainly for its light and strong nature, in the past. Hublot, a classic pioneer in using new and alternative materials, released a collection of its trade mark Big Bang series made with Magnesium.
The grainy appeal of Magnesium is perfectly matches with the ceramic bezel. Almost every part of the watch bears a matte finish. This boosts the masculine character of the watch nicely and follows suit with the 42mm case. Let me remind you that the watch is water resistant to 100 meters making it a suitable choice for daily activities and light water sports.
The dial is made of titanium. The ultimate craftsmanship that we are all so familiar with, in the Bulgari products, is strongly noticed through the dial. The blue colored surface is accompanied with black chronograph sub-dials and stainless steel indices. The date display is located between 4 and 5 o’clock position with a dark background date disk. The night time legibility is not the watch’s strongest part, due to the limited use of SuperLuminova material, however, I am sure enthusiast’s can easily overlook this for a watch with such a beautiful design and impeccable craftsmanship.
Bvlgari Diagono Magnesium Chronograph is powered with the Bvlgari Caliber Ref. B130. Despite the brand’s recent approach about employing in-house movements, the B130 is not engineered in-house. However, we are safe to say that it is still highly durable and precise, as it is based on the tested and approved ETA-2894.
Besides its 12 hour chronograph feature, the Caliber Ref. B130 also features a date function. The automatic winding movement beats at 28800vph, and offers a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound. Due to the PVD coated solid stainless steel caseback, the movement cannot be seen from the backside.
The model features a black rubber strap that we are familiar with in many models from the brand’s product line. The strap is secured with a pin type buckle with PVD coating. The rubber strap looks cool and does its job comfortably.
The light and comfortable Bulgari Diagono Magnesium Chronograph has four different color variants. I would also like to say that, on a personal note, I feel it looks pretty cool on a woman’s wrist with that 42mm diameter.
Bvlgari Diagono Magnesium Series is a unique alternative, especially in its price range. The model we have here retails for 4950 EUR. I strongly suggest you to try the model at Zorlu Center AVM-Bulgari Boutique, in Istanbul, where you can find the rest of the color variants.