Perhaps, as an Australian, it may be construed as a tad disloyal to write about a watch relating to the mighty All Blacks, but it is such an unexpected partnership that I couldn’t resist. Plus – who doesn’t love the haka?
For those who do not live (or come from) in a rugby loving nation, the All Blacks are New Zealand’s national team, and the watch brand that has chosen to partner with them is the very Italian Bvlgari.
Meet the (Daniel Roth) 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.
The dial is decorated with an engraving of a Māori tattoo, known as Koru. The design, which symbolizes strength, peace, growth and rebirth, incorporates a fern leaf, the All Black’s emblem. In fact, the design of the watch had to be approved by a Maori cultural committee, which also ensured accuracy.
The case is a very hefty 56.5 mm in diameter and 14.10 mm. This may work for members of the All Blacks, but it won’t work for everyone. That all being said, I recently met someone who was wearing a PAM 341. This is one hefty beast of a watch that the majority of people would not be able to wear but its owner, who is not a particularly large sort of fellow, pulled it off.
The partnership between Bvlgari and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) is actually a two year one, and a specially engraved version of one of these special All Blacks Chronosprints was donated by Bvlgari to aid fund-raising for the All Blacks Earthquake Appeal for Christchurch children.
As a piece of trivia, the All Blacks first competed in 1884, the same year Bulgari was established.
Now all we need to do is to find a watch partnership for the Wallabies…
Otherwise known online as ‘aptronym,’ Y.Chan’s first watch was a gift from her grandmother when she was 8 – a blue dialled quartz stainless steel Citizen on a bracelet. A member of various watch fora, and an Australian Paneristi, when not writing for The Watch Lady she can be found blogging about watches and food at The Sydney Tarts.