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Close-Up: Bulgari Octo Ultranero “Americas Edition” (Live Photos)


Bulgari introduced its Octo Ultranero collection of men’s sport-luxury watches — notable for their multifaceted, octagonal cases in jet-black, DLC-coated steel — at Baselworld 2016. This year, the brand adds a touch of blue in a new edition of the watch designed specially for the Americas. WatchTime had a chance to preview the new Octo Ultranero Americas Edition at the Bulgari flagship boutique in New York.

Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - front
Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition – front

The watch’s 41-mm-diameter steel case is coated with Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC); the grooved, screw-down crown is also treated with DLC and is topped with a ceramic insert. The black lacquered and polished dial of this special edition is graced with applied hour markers (including Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock) and faceted, skeletonized hour and minute hands, all executed in a bright blue that contrasts with the watch’s predominantly all-black look. The central seconds hand is also in blue, while the date appears, somewhat discreetly, in a small window at 3 o’clock.

Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - Boutique NY

Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - Boutique NY
Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - side- Boutique NY

Inside the 100-meter water-resistant case, and on display behind a specially decorated sapphire caseback, is Bulgari’s in-house Caliber BVL 191 Solotempo, a self-winding movement with a rotor mounted on ceramic ball bearings, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a 42-hour power reserve. Its rotor, mainplate, and bridges feature an array of haute horlogerie finishes, including côtes de Genève, circular graining, and chamfered edges. The watch’s black rubber strap, with its black DLC-coated steel pin buckle, is integrated seamlessly into the case lugs.

Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - back - Boutique NY

 

Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - back - Boutique NY
Bulgari Octo Ultranero Americas Edition - back CU - Boutique NY

The Bulgari Octo Ultranero “Americas Edition” is limited to 250 pieces and priced at $6,950. It is available at select Bulgari boutiques in North and South America.

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