A name synonymous with unmatched luxury, opulence and exquisitely fine things; Bvlgari’s time pieces and fine jewelry are magnificent must-haves that have conquered the test of time. With endless creativity and a formidable history, a Bulgvari piece is an aspiration and a wish come true. Visit Bvlgari’s showrooms in Um Uthaina Vista for a taste of the magnificence that is Bvlgari! Here below are nine facts you didn’t know about Bvlgari!
1 || Bvlgari’s origins go back to Greece; Paramythia to be exact. Sotirios Voulgaris is a Greek goldsmith who became a jeweler and opened his jewelry store in his home town in the early 1880s.
Bvlgari’s first store in Paramythia, Greece
2 || After many hardships and several moves, Voulgaris moved to Rome and officially launched Bvlgari in 1884, opening the first store on Via Dei Condotti in 1905.
Bvlgari’s Store on Via Dei Condotti in the 1900s.
Bvlgari’s Store on Via Dei Condotti Now
3 || Bvlgari originally specialised in fine jewelry that includes coloured stones and were the first jewelry designers to walk down that road, thus establishing themselves as ‘masters of colored gemstones’.
4 || The Latin ‘V’ in Bvlgari was added to the name in 1934.
5 || The Dolce Vita Years: During the 1950s, and 60s, Bvlgari’s Via Dei Condotti flagship store was heavily involved in the cultural scene hosting elite artists, writers, and actors which was key in positioning Bvlgari amongst the influencers of its time.
Gina Lollobrigida In Bvlgari
6 || Bvlgari ventured into watch-making in the 1970s with the launch of its iconic “Bvlgari.Bvlgari” watch in 1975.
A rare Bvlgari Serpenti watch from 1965 that set a new world auction record at Christie’s reaching a price of $1,107,038
Serpenti Spiga 2016
8 || Andy Warhol once said “For me, calling at Bvlgari’s shop is like visiting the best exhibition of contemporary art.”
9 || The largest Bvlgari store is the 10-storey Bvlgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo with a space of 940 square meters.