Once again, setting watchmaking records is the name of the game at the annual watch and jewellery tradeshow, Baselworld 2017 and this time it’s the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic.
Despite being known for its fine jewellery, the Italian luxury brand introduced their first timepiece: the Serpenti a.k.a snake watch in the 1940s which was inspired by the Art Deco period popular during the 1920s and 1930s. The watch has since become a signature design of the luxury house.
Following their previous world records set in 2014 for the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (left) and in 2016 for the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater (center), Bulgari has clinched their third world record in watchmaking for the THINNEST, ultra-slim self-winding watch, the Octo Finissimo Automatic (right), measuring at a mere 5.15mm in thickness with a super-thin, self-winding movement of 2.23mm.
“Bulgari is always pushing the boundaries, it is a brand that seeks and meets challenges, this is something I am always doing in my work too, and it is a big reason why I love Bulgari watches” said Spanish Model and Actor, Jon Kortajarena, who is the new appointed Bulgari Global Watches Ambassador.
The self-developed and manufactured in-house movement, Calibre BVL 138 has a 60-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. To ensure smooth winding, the micro-rotor here is made of platinum, which is a lot denser to compensate for the lower inertia. Topping it all off, the movement is hand-decorated with Côtes de Genève, chamfered bridges and circular-grained finishing which can be admired from its stunning, transparent sapphire case-back.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic is water resistant at up to 30 metres and the 40mm diameter casing actually wears larger on the wrist due to its slim profile. Furthermore, it is extremely light, weighing at less than 50g with the leather strap, and around 80 grams with the titanium bracelet.
To further accentuate the watch face, the greyish matte look of the sand-blasted titanium casing includes a ceramic inlay for the titanium crown. The clean-looking, polished sand-coloured dial carries the same finishing as the case and features the Octo baton-style hour markers, black hands with PVD treatment, two elongated Arabic numerals for the 12 and 6 o’clock mark and a small seconds counter between 7 and 8 o’clock.
This watch appeals to individuals looking to stand out from the crowd with its record-breaking thin body and incredible movement. Price for the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic on integrated alligator strap is CHF 11,900, while the one with the titanium bracelet is priced slightly higher at CHF 12,900.
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