Bulgari debuted its Octo Finissimo in 2014, to much fanfare and wonderful reception. It was one of the thinnest dress watches of its time after all. Building on the popularity of the Octo Finissimo label, Bulgari has constantly updated and refreshed the options available within the range. And now, its latest Octo Finissimo S captures the essence of the modern-day man.
Making its debut this year, is the equally dashing, if not more so, Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel. Jean-Cristophe Babin, the group CEO of Bulgari drew parallels of the latest release with the world of fast cars: “We’re taking these record-setting timepieces from being a Supercar to a Grand Turismo – an extraordinary car that you drive every day. Compared to the extreme Sportscar it’s more like an all-wheel drive, as it’s 100 meters waterproof – you have the screw crown, you can dive, swim, take a shower; it’s great for dressing up or dressing down so you can wear it from the tennis court to the board room,” he said.
Thus one can expect the watch to be a lot more sturdy and ready to take on everyday life with its wearer, and all in style and grace.
Here’s a look at the latest iteration of the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel, and a showcase of how thin it is:
The Octo Finissimo is known for its mechanical brilliance, and leverages the expertise of Swiss watchmaking to create newer technical masterpieces — an aspect that is even more impressive as you consider the thinness of the watch’s designs.
The range has redrawn the boundaries of style, mastering a rare combination of aesthetic vision and mechanical expertise with each of its six World-Record-holding designs. Octo Finissimo has always been a pioneer in the world of watches. What sets it apart — in addition to its thinness — is its ultra-performance. It is a powerhouse of technical execution, with dimensions that defy everything that existed before.
The Mechanical manufacture includes a movement with automatic winding via a platinum micro-rotor for the hours, minutes and small seconds indications. Then the maison’s BVL138 Finissimo caliber (2.23mm thick) is seen adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, chamfered bridges and circular-grained baseplate. On top of it all, the timepiece packs an astounding 60-hour power reserve, despite its size.
Having won more than 50 accolades since 2014, the Octo Finissimo has injected a new sense of excitement into the men’s watches landscape, and set new parameters for contemporary, urban watches. With the Octo range, Bulgari have created a new shape for contemporary men’s watches, and in doing so, set new codes and a new trend for ultra-thin watches that is going to be difficult to beat, for now.