Piaget, step aside. Blvgari is on to something: breaking records of creating ultra-thin watches. In 2014, we saw the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon and in 2o16 the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, last year it was about their Octo Finissimo Automatic. We all showed them in this article. All four watches, including this year’s novelty’ break records when it comes to creating thin watches.
A fair question could be when will this race for being the thinnest model stop? During the SIHH we saw a very very thin Piaget Altiplano Concept watch (2.0mm) that we were not allowed to even touch – let alone wear – as it was too fragile. It has to make sense and a watch definitely needs some substance in all honesty. However, having worn the previous year’s Bvlgari models, there is no real threat yet. They all feel very thin, but well-proportioned.
This new 42mm Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is powered by the caliber BVL288 movement. Only 1.95m thick and has a power reserve of no less than 52 hours. The weight mass is made of white gold and aluminium and moves around the movement, so to speak. Also, the movement incorporates a flying tourbillon equipped with a ballbearing system to ensure further reduction in height.
The case of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is made of titanium. It also has a sandblasted titanium crown with ceramic inlay; solid caseback with opening shaped like the entrance door to the Via Condotti boutique in Rome. Water-resistant to 30 meters. This watch is so thin, with its 3.95mm thickness in total, that the construction of the case is very important. It needs to be strong, while staying attractive for its wearer. A challenge that needs to be taken when they decide to go thinner each time.
You will find a sandblasted titanium bracelet with a triple-blade folding clasp on this new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo.
The 42mm titanium Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic with caliber BVL288 is limited to 50 pieces only, and has a retail price of 125.000 Euro.
More information via Bvlgari on-line.