On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Octo watch, Bulgari joined forces with the renowned auction house Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to create a special edition of 50 pieces. Wedding Italian savoir-faire with Swiss precision, the Octo Finissimo has impressed with its complex case architecture, which combines seemingly contrasting shapes to an expressive and harmonious appearance, and technical complexity. This super slim watch collection has even set seven world records and was once the thinnest timepiece ever made.
The special edition which comes in a 40mm sandblasted titanium case is likewise powered by a notably thin movement. Despite its modest thickness of a mere 2.2mm, the self-winding manufacture Calibre BVL 138 which is equipped with a micro rotor amasses a power reserve of 60 hours. It goes without saying that it is finished in accordance with highest standards and is displayed through an exhibition case back. This tiny powerhouse drives the hour, minute, and central seconds hands on a sector dial, a first for the collection.
Aurel Bacs, senior consultant, Bacs & Russo and Alexandre Ghotbi, head of watches, Continental Europe & Middle East, jointly said: “With this sectored dial design, our intent was to create a symmetry and pay tribute not only to Bulgari’s Italian roots, but also to the great Italian architects and designers of the 20th century. By eschewing the small seconds counter, a first for this model, we wanted to draw the focus on the engraved dial with its large numerals and the chapter ring whose colour sways from black to grey to bronze, depending on the lighting.”
The Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is attached to an integrated titanium bracelet and has a price tag of approximately $17,000, with the production limited to 50 total specimens.