Bulgari has surprised everyone at Basel 2017 with the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic. Here we are having a closed look at the predecessor of this watch: the Bulgari Octo Finissimo special edition for the watch magazine revolution.
Originally the watch came with the crocodile strap
but I have recently upgraded it with the full titanium bracelet
This watch is unique in many ways. First of all the shape: you won't find anything like that. Bulgari has combined Italian design with Swiss watchmaking (they bought several years ago the Gerald Genta factory hence they have extensive in-house know-how) and ended up with an upgraded version of the Genta octo that has 58 facets.
The whole watch is just 5.5 mm thin and as far as I can tell it is the same case of the automatic version (the revolution one is manual winding)
It is hard to describe this watch but it has an ultra-light feel even with the bracelet (66 grams overall) and the matte grade 5 titanium has a very futuristic look.
May be it has a bit of a space ship and a bit of a modern fast car :)
The bracelet is very comfortable and matches the watch perfectly.
I like the signature on the clasp that is well hidden and not as annoying as must bracelets nowadays!
Last but not least the in-house Bulgari movement is spectacular. The movement is the Manual winding Manufacture BVL 128 caliber; small seconds and back-side power reserve indication; 28’800 Vph (4 Hz); dDiameter: 36.60mm; 2.23mm thick; 65-hour power reserve; movement decorated by hand with côte de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing.
Note that the new automatic version has a micro rotor in lieu of the power reserve indicator but is pretty much the same look.
In conclusion I think that this watch is for the modern CEO that wants to stand out and wear something entirely unique.