Bulgari Octo Finissimo S
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo S upholds the firm’s predilection for horological svelteness (6.4mm) but adds enhanced water resistance (100m), making it ideal for daily wear. Once again, this luxury marque has demonstrated its remarkable watchmaking prowess.
A few years ago, I was invited by Bulgari to look around its various production facilities. Any preconceptions I had beforehand soon evaporated when I witnessed the company’s in-house expertise. Beyond making its own movements, the firm also makes dials, cases and bracelets. I remember thinking at the time that few brands could match Bulgari in terms of in-house know-how.
In 2014, the prestigious marque unveiled the Octo Finissimo, setting a new World-Record. It would go on to release further ultra-thin models and now has six World Records to date. As a result, I suspect that there are a greater number of horophiles who now appreciate this company’s technical virtuosity.
In January 2020, at LVMH Dubai Watch Week, Bulgari unveiled the Octo Finissimo S, another svelte creation, measuring just 6.4mm in height and equipped with a black dial.
While the brand has made thinner watches, this automatic model, featuring a micro-rotor, has an impressive water resistance of 100 metres. This combination makes the watch ideally suited to daily wear. Indeed, the owner can happily shower with the watch affixed to their wrist safe in the knowledge it will take no harm.
The reasons for this improved water-resistance include a slightly thicker case and a screw down crown. The watch retains its elegant appearance and notable wearer comfort but with an additional dose of practicality. The 40mm steel case is satin-polished and fitted with an exhibition caseback.
Recently, the luxury firm unveiled an additional variant endowed with a polished blue lacquered dial, further augmenting the model’s appeal.
The brand’s press release
Fuelled by passion, and driven by excellence and artistry, Octo Finissimo continues to shift the paradigm of modern-day watchmaking with its latest Octo Finissimo Steel, featuring the thinnest automatic movement and a water resistance of 100 meters, made possible by increasing the case just slightly to 6.4mm and adding a screw-down crown.
The Octo Finissimo saga is driven by a passion for excellence, showing a remarkable attention to detail and unique expertise in all of its designs. Beyond that, it is also a story of performance. Octo is known for its mechanical brilliance, and leverages the expertise of Swiss watchmaking to create new editions that are technical masterpieces — a feature that is made even more impressive by the thinness of the designs.
Since its debut in 2014, Octo Finissimo 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. From watch connoisseurs to those following the latest trends in timepieces, Octo’s audience is varied and diverse — a fact that establishes the collection as an icon of modern-day watchmaking.
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.
Having won more than 50 awards since 2014, Octo redefined the men’s watches landscape, and set new parameters for contemporary, urban watches. Since its start, it has been about creating something unique, different from anything that came before. With Octo, Bvlgari created a new shape for contemporary men’s watches, and in doing so, set new codes and a new trend for ultra-thin watches.
Now, the latest Octo designs continue to enrich the Octo Finissimo saga and cement its role as a paragon of trendsetting design. Debuting in Dubai this year with a polished lacquered black dial, the Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel is now offered with a polished lacquered blue dial. These releases very much demonstrate that Bvlgari is hitting a big turning point for the collection – one in which discreet luxury can be versatile too. “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.”, commented Jean-Christophe Babin.
Six years in, Octo has shown its consistent ability to lead the world of men’s watches. For 2020, it continues to refine and define the genre with new debuts that evolve the aesthetic of the collection, leaning into a modern sporty lifestyle, blending ultra-performance and style. As technical masterpieces with a distinctive and beautifully honed aesthetic, they once again establish Bvlgari as the Roman Jeweller of Time, and enrich the ongoing legacy of Octo, which has, in the six years since its debut, proven time and again that it has all the fundamental elements of a modern-day icon.