MB&F x Bvlgari’s FlyingT ‘Allegra’ is a diamond planetarium on your wrist


Dubai Watch Week 2021: MB&F and Bvlgari launch the exquisite Legacy Machine FlyingT ‘Allegra’, an opus of fine jewelry and mechanical mastery.

Mechanical maestro, MB&F and connoisseur of Italian luxury, Bvlgari presented a beautifully icy iteration of the FlyingT, which apparently stole the show at Dubai Watch Week 2021. We got our first glimpse of the Flying T (‘T’ as in the tourbillon ) in 2019 which was designed for women who wanted the same level of horological complexity as that of a men’s watch. Meanwhile, it arrived in two variations, a bezel and case set with diamonds and a dial paved with diamonds.

MB&F x Bvlgari launch Legacy Machine FlyingT ‘Allegra’ at Dubai Watch Week

Even though the timepiece was quite a spectacle, MB&F fans thought it would be better without all the ice. The brave people of MB&F made their wishes come true by teaming up with Kari Voutilainen on a guilloche. And so, we saw a much more pared-down version of the FlyingT in February 2020. Fast forward 21 months and Bvlgari arrives on the scene with his effervescent Roman repertoire and penchant for precious jewels and shiny stones, with the FlyingT.

Here’s what impresses us about this MB&F x Bvlgari – We’ve seen a lot of brand collaborations where ‘worlds meet’, and there’s usually a trade-off made in the creative direction where a certain brand’s aesthetic overlaps with that. the other. But in the case of the FlyingT Allegra, the presence of MB&F and Bvlgari here is instantly recognizable, as are their distinctive aesthetics and designs. It’s such an elegant blend of the skillful luxury of Bvlgari and the mechanical poetry of MB&F.

Arrived in two iterations, white gold and rose gold, both limited to 20 pieces. While the two pieces house a blend of tsavorite, amethyst and tourmaline diamonds, the rose gold model also uses a single round rubellite gem. In case you were wondering, rubellite is simply a red tourmaline, and also the rarest tourmaline variant to find. As it seems, MB&F also redesigned the watch case for this collaboration, with the lugs now hiding underneath. The case measures 39mm x 20mm. Buonamassa imagined the MB&F x Bvlgari FlyingT Allegra as a planetarium where vibrant gemstones are planets revolving around a central vortex.

mb & f bvlgari legacy flying machine t

When it comes to mechanics and movement, not much has changed from the base FlyingTs. With a self-winding caliber underneath, the flying tourbillon resides at the top among the diamonds. We also see a tiny skeletal window that exposes the winding rotor and train components. In case you were wondering, yes the dial is lightly titled and can only be read correctly from the point of view of the wearer. The movement offers a 100-hour power reserve with a 60-second flying tourbillon and a solar-patterned winding rotor.

While only 20 will be made in white gold and red gold each, the MB&F x Bvlgari FlyingT Allegra is priced at $ 185,000.

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Arline J. Mercier