Over the last watch occasion we attended, Bvlgari launched to us its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized. Based on them, it broke one other world file, that of growing an ultra-complicated motion with a thickness of simply three.5mm.
By some means, I really feel that this new watch obtained a bit snowed below by the introduction of the extra inexpensive Bvlgari-Bvlgari Aluminium assortment. After all, watches with a price ticket below €5,000 communicate a bit extra to the general public than a watch that’s for the fortunate few. Nonetheless, the brand new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized deserves a correct quantity of consideration as properly.
Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized
We had the chance to see and expertise this watch within the flesh and it left fairly an impression. And it ought to, after all, it’s Bvlgari’s show-off piece to show what the model is able to. After we visited the Bvlgari Manufacture earlier this 12 months (again when touring was nonetheless straightforward) it turned very clear to us that growing difficult actions is of their genes. Our manufacture visit report can be found here.
Single Push Chronograph And Tourbillon
For this Octo watch, Bvlgari determined to mix one thing sensible — like a chronograph — with a tourbillon. The chronograph is a single push one, that means that you simply begin, cease, and reset this perform by one pusher. On this case, the pusher at 2 o’clock is for the chronograph capabilities. The pusher at four o’clock would usually be the one to reset the chronograph however is now in use to modify the crown setting. We’ve seen this earlier than, additionally from different manufacturers, which you can set the crown perform in numerous modes. On this case, you’ll be able to swap between a winding mode and a setting mode. Within the setting mode, you’ll be able to appropriate time. The winding mode is used to, properly, wind the motion.
Then, there’s additionally the tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock. It’s not the primary tourbillon in a Bvlgari Octo Finissimo, however the mixture with the one push chronograph is. We’ve seen an Octo Finissimo with Tourbillon earlier than, here. That had caliber BVL288, which was simply 1.95mm thick. As written above, the thickness of the BVL388 motion is simply three.50mm. As a substitute of stacking the whole lot up, Bvlgari pulled it off to maintain the whole lot on the identical degree. The oscillating weight of the motion, is a peripheral rotor, as you’ll be able to see within the image above.
On the dial facet, you might be additionally capable of take pleasure in a big portion of the BVL388 motion. Subsequent to the tourbillon cage, you will notice a bit column-wheel just under the minute counter (see image above). That is used for the pusher at four o’clock, to modify the crown mode from winding to the setting mode (and vice versa). Bvlgari caliber BVL388 has an influence reserve of 42 hours, and ticks at 21,600vph.
Bvlgari’s ultra-thin Octo case
With a motion as skinny as three.50mm, Bvlgari managed to maintain the 42mm large case additionally very skinny, or ultra-thin, one would possibly say. It simply measures 7.4mm in peak, which is even thinner than a Royal Oak 15202 with no issues (aside from a date). Spectacular! As a result of the case is 42mm large, it nonetheless feels and wears like a extra substantially-sized watch. I’ve a 19cm wrist, and this 42mm Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized wears very comfortably (I needed to give it again although). As we now have proven to you in our manufacture go to report, the sandblasting is finished in one of many model’s amenities with particular gear. The sandblasted titanium case appears stunning and matches completely with the matt gray dial and gray motion components.
My colleagues have come to know me as very finicky on the subject of bracelets. On the Octo Finissmo watches, Bvlgari did a superb job of designing an exquisite wanting bracelet. Once I spoke to Bvlgari designer Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, he agreed with me that a bracelet is without doubt one of the hardest issues to design on the subject of watches. It completely blends in with the design of the Octo Finissimo and the small hyperlinks make it a really snug bracelet to put on.
Worth and availability of this Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized
Bvlgari will solely be producing and delivering 50 of those Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized watches. That’s definitely a low quantity, however given the worth tag of €150,000, it suits. I prefer it when manufacturers push boundaries, and Bvlgari appears to be on prime of this recreation on the subject of creating tremendous skinny watches. With or with out issues. Extra info by way of Bvlgari on-line.
Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Computerized Watch
Case width: 42mm, Thickness: 7.4mm
Bvlgari caliber BVL 388, self-winding, Energy reserve: 52-hours, tourbillon, thickness: three.5mm, ticking pace: 21600vph
Titanium bracelet with folding clasp
Time, (single pusher) chronograph,
Restricted version of 50 items