No watch enthusiast can overlook Bvlgari’s hegemony of the ultra-thin category. The formula is simple: 5 stunning watches, 5 world records, 1 great design. Not only is the Octo Finissimo a demonstration of mechanical savoir-faire but it is also a treaty of modern design. Until now, the “simplest” of the watches in this collection, the Automatic model, has been available in titanium, stainless steel and rose gold, all with a sandblasted finish. Now, the brand adds a luxurious touch with the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection.
With these new models in the ever-growing (and always surprising) Octo Finissimo collection, don’t expect multiple design or mechanical changes. The ingredients are still the same: the same angular case; the same ultra-flat luxury sports watch concept; the same paper-thin automatic movement; and the same bracelet/strap. Whereas most brands introduce new dial colours to spruce up an existing model, Bvlgari refreshes its watches with different finishings on the case and bracelet. Clever, refined and contemporary.
While most of the previous models in this Bvlgari Octo Finissimo family were monochromatic and matte-finished, the two new models (available either in steel with a bracelet or 18k rose gold with a strap) play with contrasts. First, there is the contrast between the matte, slightly grained black lacquered dial and the highly polished hands and indexes to match the case material.
Second, there is the heightened contrast of the case with its more classic satin-finished and polished areas, which emphasize the architectural design of these watches with over 100 facets. The brushed surfaces all follow the shape of the watch and its angles, with a radial brushing on the bezel and vertically brushed casebands. In between, the reflecting polished parts add depth to the design.
Specific to the steel model is the presence of a metallic bracelet, which has the same combination of polished and brushed surfaces. The 18k rose gold version is worn on a black alligator strap.
Technically speaking, this is not an evolution of the Octo since it still has the same 5.25mm profile for the case and a 40mm diameter. However, there is a novelty regarding the water-resistance of the case which can now withstand depths of 100m thanks to a screw-down crown: it seems that Bvlgari has listened to the complaints concerning this specific topic. Inside is the ultra-ultra-thin 2.23mm automatic, in-house calibre BVL138 with micro-rotor. Known but still exceptional.
No words regarding price yet, but we’ll update the article as soon as Bvlgari reveals its 2020 price list. Expect around EUR 14,000 for the steel model and EUR 24,000 for the 18k rose gold model. More details at www.bulgari.com.
This post first appeared on Monochrome Watches - An online magazine dedicated to fine watches.