Bulgari’s Octo range has for a long time now, represented the brand’s love and finesse for design. The unmistakable round bezel, framed by an octagonal case allows for a multi-faceted look to the range that has seen it done in several ways, including three world record holders.
This year, Bulgari introduced the Octo Roma sub-collection in the range that takes on the idea of a “classic” dress watch head on. If you’re not completely familiar with the different design elements in the Octo, you’d be forgiven for believing that the Roma shares the exact same specifics as other Octo timepieces. It’s fully done on purpose, of course. The Octo Roma sees subtle differences that make it stand out on its own, while maintaining the DNA and essence of the Octo name.
While the watch keeps the 41mm case and 58 facets that make the Octo an interesting choice for many, the new Octo Roma sees narrower lugs that connect case to the bracelet or strap, giving an optical illusion that the case is “rounder” than other Octos. This design allows for a more classical look, giving the dress watch option to a rather modern collection. Other subtle changes include the adjustment of the hands and hour markers, tweaking the proportions such that the dial seems a little more spacious.
Bulgari has also introduced more finishing, with the bezel of the Bulgari Octo Roma brushed, in contrast to the case that’s polished. As we’ve said, the changes are subtle to the point that it could be missed but the end result is undeniably different. Even wearing the piece, the straps or bracelet taper down on the wrist unlike other Octos, making it feel a little more like a traditional watch in a sense.
It’s a good thing that Bulgari has introduced several variants of the new Bulgari Octo Roma at once, really. The execution in a stainless steel case and bracelet with a black dial will most likely be a favourite among fans looking for a daily beater-ish look. For the men wanting a little more of a future classic look, the two-toned 18k rose gold and stainless steel Octo Roma or the full 18k rose gold case is a good bet.