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Object of Desire: Bvlgari B.zero1 Design Legend Bangle

By Sng Ler Jun

Bvlgari

When Bvlgari first unveiled the B.zero1 collection in 1999, the Maison revolutionised the field of jewellery design with rings that shifted the focus from precious stones to emphasise unorthodox shape and form. Drawing its muse off the fluid geometry of the iconic Roman amphitheatre, the Colosseum, the endearing collection has evolved to become a style statement that echoes the ethos of unconventional pursuits.

Since then, the B.zero1 collection has undergone several creative reinterpretations by sculptor Anish Kapoor and late architect Zaha Hadid while rings from the collection have been sold for more than two million pieces — a remarkable feat in the collection's two-decade-old history. For its 20th anniversary, Bvlgari reinvents the celebrated collection although this time, adding stylish bangles into its ranks.

Take Hadid’s revered creations for the maison, for example: Known for her outstanding architectural designs — such as the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, to name a few — the late Pritzker Architecture Prize winner separated the B.zero1 collection’s rigid form and lines, while interweaving her trademark curves into a criss-cross design on the pieces dedicated to the ‘B.zero1 Design Legend’ range.

Dutifully retaining the wave-like forms of the original model, the new 20th anniversary ‘B.zero1 Design Legend’ bangle embraces the wrist with its sleek and sensual silhouette that complements its other offerings, comprising rings and pendants, in a shade of rose-gold and an inner core of black ceramic. With or without diamonds embellishments, the new ‘B.zero1 Design Legend’ is an audacious testament to Bvlgari’s predisposition to be an unconventional rule-breaker.

Bvlgari B.zero1 Design Legend bracelet in 18-karat rose gold and black ceramic, price and availability upon request.