Bvlgari: The Octo Finissimo UFO

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Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted

CASE : in sandblasted pink gold or sandblasted rhodium-plated stainless steel (5.15mm thick), transparent back, pink gold or stainless steel crown with ceramic inlay, water-resistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber BVL 138 Finissimo, 2.23mm thick, 60-hour power reserve), platinum micro-rotor, adorned with Côtes de Genève, chamfered bridges and circular-grained mainplate

FUNCTION : hours, minutes, small seconds

DIAL : 18K pink gold or stainless steel, pink gold or black rhodium-plated faceted hands

BRACELET : 18K sandblasted pink gold or sandblasted rhodium-plated stainless steel with folding clasp

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

CASE : sandblasted titanium (3.95mm thick), sandblasted titanium numbered crown with ceramic inlay, solid caseback with an opening depicting the shape of the door of the Via Condotti Boutique in Rome, water-resistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : skeleton-worked, automatic (Caliber BVL 288, 1.95mm thick, 52-hour power reserve), peripheral oscillating weight held by three ballbearing mechanisms, flying tourbillon

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds

DIAL : openworked

BRACELET : sandblasted titanium, triple-blade folding clasp

Had enough of the vintage craze ? Step into the era of horology-taming design. Sculpting the contemporary Fine Watchmaking scene since 2014, the Octo Finissimo line overturns genres and redefines aesthetic codes. Finesse is now interpreted in masculine mode exuding strong character ; mechanical performance is teamed with innovative and effective design based on materials distinguished by boldly elegant treatment. The spearhead of the Finissimo phenomenon, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic pictured on the cover enables Bulgari to set a fourth world thinness record in four years : 3.95mm thick for the sandblasted titanium case and 1.95mm thick for the in-house movement with its gold and aluminum peripheral rotor. As Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin points out : “combining design with extraordinary movements means creating legends”. This dream come true extends to the entire Octo Finissimo collection, and notably to its expression bearing the closest relation to contemporary daily living : the Octo Finissimo Automatic. Winner of the Men’s Watch Prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in its titanium version, this already iconic model welcomes two new sandblasted interpretations in pink gold and rhodium-plated steel. The color effect achieved by the latter is hard to perceive in a photo and takes on its full meaning once on the wrist, reflecting light in a highly distinctive silky manner. In its sandblasted pink gold version, this extremely graphic masculine watch also appeals to women by the warm glow of its satin-brushed surfaces and the flowing feel of its bracelet that just begs to be touched. In both versions, the slenderness of the links makes the bracelet as supple as leather, while also rendering it far sturdier and original. Bulgari’s undeniable movement-making expertise has been applied to the beating heart of this timepiece, an ultra-thin in-house caliber adorned with Côtes de Genève which can be admired through the sapphire caseback. Can’t make up your mind which to choose ? Opt for both and take turns in wearing them with your loved one.

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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