Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic is another record-breaking watch from the luxury brand who has made the ultra-thin watch highly desirable. Despite featuring some technically complex complications, this new watch is just 3.5mm thick. In the world of horological limbo dancing, how low can Bulgari go?
In the ultra-thin space race, there are a handful of firms battling to outdo one another. Bulgari is one of the forerunners in this competition. Over the last six years, the Roman house has made six supremely slender watches, each one setting a new world record.
Making ultra-thin watches presents a myriad of challenges. Movement components have to be arranged in such a way as to minimise a model’s depth. Indeed, as much as possible, the barrel, gear train, escapement and regulating organ should be aligned in order to mitigate the height of the movement. Some components will be miniaturised in order to fulfil a role within the least amount of space.
There is also the matter of strength and rigidity. When making an ultra-thin watch, the mainplate must be thin, but it shouldn’t flex. If there is any hint of flex, components will foul each other, causing the watch to malfunction.
Bulgari has surmounted all of these problems when creating its waif-like watches. However, the luxury marque has gone above and beyond merely surmounting such problems by endowing each of its six world-record beating ‘Finissimo’ models with a variety of complications.
Tourbillons, minute repeaters and chronographs are complex mechanisms to master, even when housed in a regular watch with a regular waistline. However, Bulgari has cleverly shrunk such intricate mechanisms into a space thinner than a mouse’s lunchbox. The luxury firm has repeatedly shown its watchmaking prowess over and over again.
Now, the esteemed brand has unveiled a new model, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic. This model is equipped with a two-register chronograph, a gravity-defying tourbillon and is equipped with an openworked dial. And before you ask, it has a case height of 3.5mm. In this world of horological limbo dancing, how low can Bulgari go?
The brand’s press release
Fuelled by passion, and driven by excellence and artistry, Octo continues to shift the paradigm of modern-day watchmaking with its latest and sixth World Record-breaking design: the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic Watch. The saga goes on with a new exceptional creation that highlights a mechanical manufacture ultra-thin skeleton movement with automatic winding, chronograph single-push and tourbillon. All those features combined for a 7.40mm total thickness, a concentrate of excellence and performance.
From the first model launched in 2014, Bvlgari Octo watch has built a saga of groundbreaking thinness records. But beyond those successive prowess’s, Octo Finissimo has reset the codes of watch design to become a new cult watch model.
Since that time, it has evolved into a central theme of the Octo collection, a distinctive characteristic of the watch known for its charisma, elegance and daring. There is no limit to Octo, as seen in the continuity of its progress, and that the watch has continued to achieve new world records with each passing year.
This new Octo Finissimo launched during the Geneva Watch Days trusts again the World Record podium in the ultra-thin and ultra-complicated automatic watches: it combines the single-push chronograph with a tourbillon functions, driven by a peripheral oscillating mass for a 3.50mm movement thickness. There is no equivalent including all these features on the market within such a reduced thinness. The innovations to deliver this development have privileged the most refined technical solutions such as a horizontal clutch and a column wheel securing the best performances.
The Octo saga is driven by a passion for excellence, showing a remarkable attention to detail and unique know-how 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 created new editions that are technical masterpieces — a feature that is made even more impressive by the thinness of the models.
Since its inception, Octo has been visionary in terms of the sleekness of its designs. With each new record holder, it seeks to make the impossible real — and has succeeded. The collection has achieved this miniaturization without sacrificing performance. Therein lies the genius of Octo.
“2020 is the year of the World records at Bvlgari with this new ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic. It is the 6th World record in a row for Octo Finissimo. We already launched last January in Dubai Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon, the smallest ladies watch Tourbillon on the market which complements Diva Finissima Minute Repeater, the thinnest chiming ladies watch available on the market. Complication and records are without genders at Bvlgari!” commented Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari.
Bvlgari watchmaking has long established itself as a master of L’Estetica della Meccanica, fusing its soul — that of The Roman Jeweller — with the technical expertise of Swiss watchmaking and mechanical movements. In doing so, it has led its own revolution in watchmaking, uniting cutting-edge aesthetics with technical mastery in a way that is utterly unique and singular to the Maison. In this way, Bvlgari has assumed the role of The Roman Jeweller of Time.
Within the luxury watches landscape, Bvlgari is unrivalled, carving out a niche of excellence with its provocative pieces. The Octo saga is perhaps the greatest example of Bvlgari’s signature disruptiveness, its passion for pushing the envelope and moving the needle on modern day watch design, with seemingly boundless vision and execution.
The six-year-long Octo saga, and the continuation of the story with yet another world record breaking Finissimo, highlights the exceptional nature of Bvlgari and its designs. It is part and parcel of the larger story of the Roman jeweller, which has always combined technical mastery with an unbridled visionary approach.