INSIDE BULGARI’S HOME IN LE SENTIER: MEET JOHN SHERIDAN, YOUNGEST MINUTE REPEATER SPECIALIST
Bulgari belongs to the very few brands that can make grande complications such as chiming watches from start to finish. The entire spectrum of the grand endeavour in the rarified realm of the highest of high horology is not a simple task – it first involves conception – a grand gesture of creative genius, taking for example the mental idea of close to 1,000 components as in the case of the Bulgari Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetual calibre. Then, you need to have an idea of how all the components work together, a domino effect springing from the loins of the mainspring, stored potential energy transmitting through the many gear trains in a grand mechanical universe. And then production and assembly – where once the pieces fit together, you have to breathe life into a mechanical soul, unlike God, a watchmaker isn’t always successful the first time around – so they disassemble the thousand piece jigsaw and try again.