Bulgari: An Octo, what else ?

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Octo l’Originale Chronograph

CASE : titanium with titanium crown and transparent back, water-resistant to 100m

SIZE : 41mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical selfwinding (Caliber BVL 328 Velocissimo, 50h power reserve), silicon escapement and
column wheel, Côtes de Genève decoration,circular-grained and chamfered

FUNCTIONS : Hours, minutes, seconds,chronograph, date

DIAL : gray with applied hour-markers and three subdials

STRAP/BRACELET : leather and rubber strap or titanium bracelet, folding clasp in DLCcoated
steel

 

Octo l’Originale

CASE : titanium with titanium crown and transparent back, water-resistant to 100m

SIZE : 41mm MOVEMENT : mechanical selfwinding (Caliber BVL 191 Solotempo, 42h power reserve), Côtes de Genève decoration,chamfered and snailed

FUNCTIONS : Hours,minutes, seconds, date

DIAL : titanium with applied hour-markers

STRAP/BRACELET : rubber strap or titanium bracelet, folding clasp in DLC-coated steel

 

As the new epitome of contemporary masculine design, the Octo has been interpreted for the past six years in different versions, and notably within its Finissimo range as the world’s thinnest tourbillon and then the world’s slimmest minute repeater – all crafted from titanium. This dual mastery of ‘shape’ movements and of titanium, a metal that makes the case both sturdier and lighter, has been applied this year to the fundamentals of the Octo collection : the self-winding and chronograph models. A welcome means of making titanium available to a broader public, especially since this material often used in aerospace and medicine is particularly biocompatible. Few watch brands offer such a broad choice of titanium watches across so many different segments. At Baselworld 2018, Bulgari is reaffirming its authority in the field of masculine design with a powerful identity, while simultaneously focusing on horological content. So definitely an Octo, what else ? With or without a chronograph.

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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