[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Italian jeweller and watchmaker Bulgari, based in Rome since 1884, is famed for its complicated and exquisite designs. They did not disappoint at this year’s Baselworld, releasing the Commedia Dell’Arte exclusive limited series, inspired by Italy’s 16th century theatrical traditions. The three most important characters of this – Brighella, Pulcinella and Harelquin occupy the centre of the dial. When the cathedral gong minute repeater is activated a representation of an Italian palazzo becomes the backdrop against which the three figures come alive. The mechanism of this beautiful piece is complex. Crafted on 18 carat gold discs, the dials combine miniature painting, engraving and chasing, three artisanal techniques that require demanding levels of skill. The mechanical movement is a Calibre BVL 618 that is hand finished, all housed in a case crafted from 18 carat white cold and Magsonic, a special alloy that increases the resonance of the piece when it chimes.