Last October, I was welcome to a Bvlgari occasion in Rome, Italy. All together of writers from other watch media, I had a coffee shop with the CEO (Jean-Christophe Babin). During this coffee shop, tuning in to Babin talk about the (Italian) DNA of Bvlgari and examining the Bvlgari Octo plan, it turned out to be obvious to me, that watches aren’t some side undertaking for Bvlgari, known for its valuable adornments pieces, aromas and embellishments. Hell, there are even Bvlgari hotels.
I don’t need to give you a full outing through a world of fond memories, however Bvlgari was established in 1884 effectively, in Italy obviously. So it is a serious old company with a great deal of history, however fundamentally on adornments. History on their watch creation is somewhat more limited, as their top of the line watch creation just began in 1980. Bvlgari could be find on watch dials a couple of years before as of now, since 1977. In 2000, Bvlgari obtained Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth (the brands, not the people) and in 2001, they recruited watch designer Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, who is still ready today. As a matter of fact, he was in Rome too last October. He is really the individual who is liable for the Bvlgari Octo, the model I will discuss in more detail.
Bvlgari Octo Design
Although the Octo configuration was at that point there for certain years (2004), the presentation of the new Bvlgari’s Octo assortment occurred in 2012. Regardless of whether the Bvlgari Octo matches your taste, or not, it is an amazing plan. Where a great deal of brands appear to experience issues finding their DNA or make a watch that stands apart of the group, Bvlgari hit bullseye with the Octo. A serious accomplishment for a watch this youthful. You may recollect the Bvlgari by Gérald Genta Octo Bi-retro watch, which had little to do with the expert himself (other than Bvlgari securing the name) however unquestionably alluded to Genta’s inclination for octagonal shapes.
The new Bvlgari Octo assortment, that traces all the way back to 2012, several fascinating watches. Let’s have a more intensive gander at a portion of the Bvlgari Octo models, I will begin with the enormous guns.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (2016)
Although I am not especially into tourbillons, their Octo Finissimo Tourbillon from 2014 is unquestionably worth referencing in any case. An exceptionally slender case (5mm) lodging the 1.95mm tourbillon development. The dark DLC Octo Finissimo Tourbillon underneath is their 2016 release of that watch. It utilizes Bvlgari type BVL 269 that comprises of 249 components. During our Bvlgari supper in Rome two months prior, they gave me this watch to wear that night. A fantastic dainty watch that is very comfortable on the wrist, notwithstanding the 40mm rectangular case. The dark lacquered dial stands out flawlessly from the gold hands, logo, markers and crown. Retail cost is €115.000.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton (2017)
Based on the watch over, this thin tourbillon watch has been skeletonized. A 40mm platinum case houses the Bvlgari type BVL268SK development, comprising of 253 sections. The hand-wound development conveys 62 hours of force save. Bvlgari truly dealt with the movement’s finish, with its hand-designed Côte de Genève for instance. The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton observe likewise won this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Genève prize in the Tourbillon & Escapement classification. Retail cost of this tourbillon is €140.000.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton (2017)
Luckily, Bvlgari additionally has some more reasonable models in their Octo assortment. This year, Bvlgari showed us this Finissimo Skeleton watch that retails for €25.000. A delightful completed (and skeletonized) Octo with hand-wound type BVL128SK development. Simply 5.35mm thick (development: 2.35mm) and having a force save of 65 hours. The 40mm case is made of DLCed hardened steel, with a 18 carat rose gold bezel. There’s likewise a full titanium variant of the Octo Finissimo Skeleton which retails for €20.900.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic (2017)
Only 5.15mm thick – while being a programmed watch – and 40mm in breadth. A super slender Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic was presented recently and I’ve discovered it to be an extremely charming amazement. The watch – like the ones above – is very slight, that it stressed me a piece on the off chance that it can deal with a touch of misuse. The littlest piece of rubbing may mutilate appropriate working of the development, yet Bvlgari guaranteed me that they tried it well overall. The case and wristband are made of titanium and inside we’ll discover Bvlgari type BVL138 with a 55 hour power save. The development has this pleasant looking miniature rotor, which I really like. The retail cost of this Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic is €13.500. The adaptation on calfskin lash retails for a €1000 less.
Not that some time in the past, my companion Alon Ben Jospeh from Ace Jewelers, and numerous different brands, loan me his Bvlgari Octo Velocissimo with Zenith El Primero chronograph development. The two brands have a place with the LVMH gathering, so Bvlgari appears to have (simple) admittance to these high-beat developments. At any rate, it struck me that in spite of the fact that I regularly am not an enthusiast of wearing rectangular watches, this Bvlgari Octo was somewhat comfortable and ‘different’ than different ones I’ve tried.
And of course, last October, I attempted this super costly Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in dark with gold components – as examined above – and I was stunned by the comfort of this watch. The Octo Finissimo assortment comes at a specific cost however, yet in the event that you like the Octo plan, there are some alternatives.
The Bvlgari Octo Solotempo has a comparable plan to the Finissimo, and highlights an in-house development also, however is only thicker with its 10.4mm. It is likewise heavier, as it is made of hardened steel rather than titanium. These watches start at €6500 for the 38mm rendition (additionally accessible in 41mm).
I need to end this article with a little note about the arm bands. In the event that you are a standard peruser of Fratello, you realized I am exceptionally particular with wristbands. Regarding comfort, yet additionally with regards to plan. As I would like to think the plan of a wristband is maybe nearly as troublesome than the plan of a watch case, at any rate in the event that you need to be unique (and comfortable). Bvlgari hit the nail on the head I think, as the arm band looks great, has a unique plan and gives a ton of comfort.
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A huge thank you to our companions from Watchonista for the brilliant time in Rome.