Bulgari just unveiled its most complicated watch so far, the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar, as well as a number of new additions to the Octo collection. WatchTime had the opportunity to spend some time with the models in person during today’s launch event at the Bulgari hotel in Shanghai.
A Touch of Blue for the Finissimo
The first one, the 5.15 mm thick Finissimo Automatic (Ref. 102945), is now available with blue hands and hour-markers on the titanium dial.
Specs: Mechanical movement with platinum micro-rotor. BVL 138 caliber (2.23 mm thin). 40-mm, extra-thin sandblasted titanium case and bracelet. Crown set with ceramic inlay. Titanium dial. Price: $14,300.
The second new release in this collection, the 5.37 mm thick Octo Finissimo Skeleton (Ref. 102941) with a BVL 128SK caliber, features the same color theme with blue hands, small seconds, counters, power reserve, minute scale, and matching alligator leather strap. Both watches are water-resistant to 30 meters.
Specs: Manual winding and openworked BVL 128SK mechanical movement (2.35 mm thick). Featuring small seconds and a power reserve indication. 40-mm, extra-thin sandblasted titanium case (5.37 mm). Leather strap. Crown set with ceramic inlay. List price: $22,500.
The Other Side of the Coin
Bulgari’s approach to design is based on more than a century of expertise and 135 years of creating high jewelry “at the intersection between Roman architecture inspiration and contemporary design.” A perfect example of this is the new Octo Monete. This one-of-a-kind creation can be worn as a pocket watch equipped with an elegant 18k gold chain, or as a wristwatch. Its cover features an ancient Roman coin which opens to reveal a skeleton tourbillon movement housed in an 18kt rose gold case set with baguette-cut diamonds.
Specs: Manual winding BVL 268 caliber with flying tourbillon and a special ball bearing system. 44-mm, 18k rose gold case set with diamonds and an 18k rose gold chain. Price upon request.
The Grande Finale
The new Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar combines two of the most prestigious complications in watchmaking: the Grande Sonnerie (grand strike) and the Perpetual Calendar. Equipped with four hammers, the automatic movement sounds the hours, quarter-hours, and minutes on demand. The Perpetual Calendar features the full range of calendar indications – day, date, month and year – along with a moon-phase display and is equipped with a tourbillon.
The watch was first unveiled at the beginning of July in Rome. By the end of the month, it was already sold to a collector in Asia.
Specs: Mechanical BVL 5307 caliber with Grande and Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, moon-phase display, and chime power-reserve indicator. 44-mm, sandblasted 18k rose gold case with transparent case back. Black alligator strap with 18kt rose gold sandblasted folding clasp. Water resistant to 30 meters.