It’s been a busy month in the stars! The sun moves into Aquarius in a few hours and I just realized that I haven’t fulfilled my obligation as a fashion astrologer to discuss an iconic piece of jewelry that I associate with Capricorn.
Of course, it’s a timepiece. There are plenty of expensive timepieces out there that would fit the bill, but none of them are as special as a bejeweled Bulgari Serpenti watch. My old favorite blog to follow, “Jewels du Jour,” published this post about the watches a few years ago as a handful of them went to auction simultaneously:
Bulgari first began creating realistic serpent jewels during the 1960s, adding the Serpenti wristwatch to its collection of sprung bracelet watches. Drawing on the ancient symbolism of wisdom and eternity, some of the jewels bore inscriptions referring to the actual snake the jeweled example was based on. The watch movements were supplied by Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre, Movado and Vacheron Constantin.
In a way, a Serpenti watch is like a Fabergé egg: a spectacular, one-of-a-kind piece of art that inspires collectors to part with their millions. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the record auction price of a Bulgari Serpenti has surpassed $1 million USD.
Like the other jewels I have included in this series so far, there is something instantly recognizable about a Serpenti watch. For a Capricorn, a piece of jewelry like this becomes a status symbol for the status-loving wearer, but that status is only recognized by those who speak the same language as the wearer. Capricorns may be label whores, but they’re covert label whores. The rabble might recognize the watch as a fabulous piece of jewelry, but they wouldn’t recognize it for what it is: the pinnacle of form and function, and a testament to the artistry of one of the world’s finest jewelers.
I think I need one. I’m not just a Capricorn, but I’m a snake in Chinese astrology, too. If that’s not a compelling argument to own one of these, I don’t know what is.