Bulgari : The thinnest in the world

Octo Finissimo Skeleton Tourbillon

CASE : platinum, sapphire crystal, crown with ceramic insert, water-resistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding (Bulgari Caliber BVL 268, 62h power reserve), 253 components, skeletonized, mainspring with slipping spring, tourbillon carriage with ball-bearing
mechanism, DLC-treated mainplate, beveled and circular satin-brushed gear trains

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

STRAP : black alligator leather, platinum pin buckle

The Octo collection has been steadily racking up a string of records and distinctions since its launch, whether through its brilliant minute repeater model nominated for the GPHG 2016 awards, or its stunning small seconds chosen by the specialized WorldTempus site to create a one-of-a-kind model marking its 15th anniversary. As Guido Terreni, Managing Director Bulgari Watches, points out, “its contemporary and extremely rigorous design can be interpreted to express several facets and its very powerful design can fit various profiles according to the materials and functions it features”. The 2017 offering is also set to make its mark on the watch industry, since the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, the thinnest in the world at 1.95mm, is now presented in a skeleton version. Its bridge-free black PVD-coated mainplate strikes a subtle contrast with the rhodium-plated gear trains, cleverly arranged in such a way as to fill the available space in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The ultra-thin ball-bearing mechanism equipping the tourbillon carriage and the barrel serve to increase its power reserve. Its platinum case will feel the beating pulse of only a few dozen connoisseurs, doubtless also won over by the value for money that the integrated Manufacture Bulgari delivers for this already highly exclusive Haute Horlogerie model.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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