The yellow metal B.zero1 wrist watch was purchased by the previous owner at Bulgari's Riyadh boutique in Saudi Arabia in the early 2000s. The hammer came down at just under £600 in Fellows' auction.

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In 1884, Greek jeweller Sotirios Boulgaris opened a shop on Via Sistina in Rome. This was the second shop Boulgaris, the founder of Bulgari, ever opened. His first venture into jewellery was a store in his home town of Paramythia, Greece, which can still be seen today.

Sotirios Boulgaris' first store in Rome Sotirios Boulgaris' first store in Rome

Along with his sons, Costantino and Giorgio, Sotiros built up a family empire in jewellery and luxury goods which is as strong today as it has ever been. Bulgari’s designs do not shy away from being bold, the strong, architectural lines include interlocking steel and link motifs.

During the 1940s, Bulgari introduced their first timepiece to the market, an elegant watch in the form of a snake, inspired by designs of the Art Deco period.

It was not until the late 1970s that Bulgari launched a major collection of timepieces. In 1977, the company created a watch with a double engraved logo on the perfect cylindrical section, which became the company's most popular design.

In the 1980s, Bulgari continued to boom, and from that first shop opened by Greek Boulgaris in Rome in 1884, the company now had premises in Munich, London, Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

To date, Bulgari has released more than 200 timepiece designs. The piece that was in to Barnebys Valuation service and sold at Fellows was a B.zero1. The minimalistic design of this watch is inspired by the shape of a ring.

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