Bvlgari : Dark strength

Octo Ultranero Solotempo 

Case : black DLC-coated stainless steel, polished and satin-brushed finishing, matching or pink gold bezel, pink gold crown with black ceramic insert, transparent caseback, water-resistant to 100m Dimensions : 41mm in diameter (43.7mm diagonal) Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber BLV193, 50h power reserve), twin barrels, Côtes de Genève motif, beveling, circular-graining and snailing Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, date Dial : polished black lacquered, hand-applied pink gold-plated hour-markers Strap : integrated rubber, DLC-coated stainless steel pin buckle

Clearly in a good position to state that “the Octo case is an extension of the Italian temperament”, Guido Terreni, CEO of Bvlgari Watches, also adds that black reinforces both the sheer strength of this cult model and its urban elegance. The choice of exterior is matched by a selection of ‘engines’ powering this beautiful mechanical model. Available in three-hand or chronograph versions, or indeed equipped with the world’s thinnest tourbillon, the Octo Ultranero range interprets the 110 facets of its case in DLC-coated stainless steel or titanium with a blend of assurance and generosity, particularly when the bezel appears clothed in pink gold. Its powerful personality also contrasts with its slimness that makes it particularly pleasant to wear. The undeniable assets of the Octo Ultranero did not however suffice to eclipse the flagship Bvlgari model introduced on the first day of Baselworld and presented on


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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