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Since we're headed out to Manhattan, there's little point to keeping a convertible (or any car, for that matter). Sad as we were to see the XLR go, I put some of the proceeds into trying out the Bulgari XLR watch. It's quite handsome... you can see some pictures of it at http://www.timezone.com/library/news/news631891297246406250

I was mailed #112/1000 I'm sure there's no reason to assume they're sold in sequential order, but it's interesting that the price is still $3000 three years later. Anyone have other serial #s?

I've never considered a watch this expensive, but it seems a fair price for the value -- the aluminum Diagono Chrono it's based on seems at least ~$2500. The latest models have a super-sexy 3-D woven carbon-fiber face, sigh...

The face is my main issue with it: the big "seconds hand" is in fact only for the stop-watch function; the logo is ironically too subtle (occluded most of the afternoon); and even the local Bulgari branch manager admitted the hands weren't as easy-to-read as other models in the line. I also wish the glow-in-the-dark aspect were brighter (any reason to think it's faded sitting in the box all these years?)

I think I may keep it -- the last issue is the warranty; since they can be returned easily, the actual stamp that validates the 2 years is blank (and the call center says it's only one -- still waiting for an answer...)

Previous threads: http://xlrforum.com/showthread.php?t=498 (wherein BUDSVET correctly calls out the readability of the watch face/hands) and http://xlrforum.com/showthread.php?t=682 (the end of the Bulgari alliance in Nov 2004)
 

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When my wife bought me my 05 XLR, I sent for the Bulgari watch. When it arrived, I was disappointed it was so small. My wife did not like it either and so back it went.

My wife replaced the Bulgari with a Rolex, so I did not do too badly.
 

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Bulgari Luggage for the Imaj concept

By the by, in my research, I came across an article about the *stunning* set of prototype luggage I found sitting in a vitrine at the GM HQ in the Renaissance Center, part of the Coach Insignia restaurant's decor on the 72nd floor....

Cadillac Imaj at the Geneva Show. March 2000

One of the more striking concepts on display in Geneva is the Cadillac Imaj luxury sedan. Styled in Europe, the all-wheel-drive Imaj continues the edgy design theme begun a year ago by the Evoq concept — a new family look for Cadillac that will commence with the 2002 Catera replacement and run through the next-generation Seville in 2004. In fact, the general shape and package of the Imaj is said by Cadillac insiders to provide more than a broad hint at the profile of the next STS.

Under the hood is a new 4.2-liter version of the corporate Northstar V-8, fitted with a supercharger to boost output to 425 horsepower. That power is fed to all four wheels through a new five-speed automatic transmission. The Imaj measures just under 200 inches long, but its weight is reduced through the use of a lightweight aluminum space frame. The Imaj features Goodyear EMT run-flat tires mounted on 20-inch magnesium wheels, plus Brembo antilock disc brakes and Delco traction and yaw control systems.

Inside, each seat has its own individual LCD screen with e-mail access, cell phone, DVD capability, navigation and entertainment, co-developed with IBM and Delphi. Access to the vehicle is controlled bye-lock, a fingertip-based security system. Other advanced features include smart front and side airbags, fully configurable seating with in-seat heating and ventilation, adaptive cruise control, front and rear radar for parking, adjustable pedals, head-up display and shift-by-wire gear selection.
Italian jeweler Bulgari has designed a fine clock and distinctive instrumentation for the Imaj, and has provided modular aluminum luggage to complement the leather, brushed-aluminum and bird’s-eye maple cabin.

Might this be the angular, chiseled look of 21st century Cadillacs to come?Certainly it would be a change from those Japanese inspired "jelly-bean" cars of the nineties!

[Nota: the personal opinions of the compiler of The (new) Cadillac Database, who admits thathis taste in Cadillac automobile styling never evolved past the 1970 models, are not necessarily shared by the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc., nor by Cadillac Division of General Motors]

From http://www.car-nection.com/yann/Dbas_txt/Cad86_up.htm
Photo: http://www.car-nection.com/yann/Dbas_ima/imaj5.JPG
 

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Greetings,

I received the Bulgari watch offer and at the time I was not interested in it primarily due to style. I later purchased a stainless steel Omega Seamaster, which I like very much. But I will consider the Bulgari possibly if I get the XLR-V.

JLM
 

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Rolex GMT-Master II

The bride gave me a Rolex GMT-Master II, and I love it.

It has three hands and a moveable bezel, so I can readily view the time in two time zones, and by moving the bezel, I can keep track of a third one.

All aviators operate in Zulu time (GMT) while aloft, so it's better than having to wear two watches!

Seriously functional, seriously beautiful...
 

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When I bought my XLR 2004, I also recieved the offer and I did order one, but it sure did not impress me ,so I sent it back with thanks, but no thanks.:party :nopity :jester
 
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