Bulgari has launched an exclusive Octo Finissimo edition for the U.S. (Ref. 103856). Limited to only 50 pieces, the stainless steel watch with integrated bracelet has a diameter of 40mm and is just 6.4mm thick. This version is equipped with a sunray-finished dial in one of the favorite colors of the Tuscan Renaissance painter Jacopo da Pontormo (May 24, 1494 – January 2, 1557). Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Executive Director of Product Creation, Bulgari Horlogerie:
“The Octo Finissimo opens an almost limitless universe of creation. Its design is both so geometric and rigorous, and at the same time so versatile that we can play with a multitude of personalities. Associated with color, it can express ideas, emotions or abstract concepts. Here, the particular metallic salmon tone – it is extremely rare in Bulgari watchmaking and has only been used once before – draws its inspiration not from the usual vintage aesthetic prized by collectors, but from the very roots of Italian art, that of the 16th century, and more precisely from a disruptive movement of the time, called Mannerism, which marked my own training as a designer. Hence, my choice for this color symbolizes an experimental and disruptive artistic approach, like that of the mannerist current led by deeply anti-conformist painters, first among them Jacopo da Pontormo.”
The U.S. holds a special place in the history of Bulgari: It was in the early 1970s that the Roman jeweler crossed the Atlantic. At the time, Bulgari was already a well-established brand in Europe and Asia; curiously, though known, the brand did not yet have an official presence in the United States. The opening of its first North America boutique in 1972 inside New York City’s Pierre Hotel marked the beginning, but it was in 1989, with the inauguration of its flagship store on Fifth Avenue, that the brand had really arrived.
This special edition of the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the world’s thinnest three-hand timepiece, when introduced in 2017, is powered by the ultra-thin self-winding manufacture movement, Caliber BVL 138 with micro-rotor. It offers a power reserve of 60 hours (when fully wound):
Pricing for the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tuscan Copper is marked at $13,300.
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