With it’s asymmetrical silhouette and solid construction, Bólido’s case is a magnificently-tactile piece of metal, unique and architectural. It’s a bold choice for any wearer of course, but if you have the confidence to wear it you’ll find that the striking case is far more than a design flourish; it has some serious practical purposes, too.
The first of these is water resistance. Keeping water out of the movement is hard. The deeper it goes and the higher the pressure mounts, the more water is forced into the miniscule gaps between the case barrel and back. Bólido though found a rather straightforward solution: water can’t get in through a caseback if there is no caseback.
Bólido’s monocoque construction uses a single block of steel that is machined from the top down to create space for the movement, dial and rest of the watch. It reduced the number of parts used by a full third and, like anything, the fewer moving parts there are, the less that can go wrong. Unfortunately one part you can’t stop moving is the crown.
The crown is the most delicate exterior part of the watch and one that needs protecting. To that end, Bólido placed it at 12 o’clock, the raised part of the watch, making it far, far harder to knock accidentally. The slant that results from the asymmetrical case has another practical purpose too. By tilting the dial, it makes the clean, industrial-looking face of the watch that much easier to read, regardless of conditions. With plenty of SuperLuminova, that includes night, too.
In short, what at first looks to be an aesthetically dramatic case is actually a new approach to the necessities of keeping a movement safe and secure inside, a case study in function leading form. Of course, that would be a little pointless if it weren’t worth protecting in the first place.
Bólido movements are built to exacting specifications and tested just as thoroughly in five different positions, far more than the industry standard of three. That reliability and accuracy is underpinned with Geneva stripes and engine-turned finishing, contrasting with the almost brutalist nature of the case.
With its host of innovations, eye-catching style and impressive specs sheet, Bólido’s collection sounds like it should cost the Earth. Instead, you’ll find that their colloquially-named ‘rocks’ are far more affordable than you might expect, starting at $695.
Find out more and view the entire collection at Bolido.