The watchmaking family of thickness records turns ten years old

For Bulgari, the tenth anniversary of the launch of Octo, the brand’s iconic watch, is a special moment. This timepiece with octagonal case and round bezel, designed by the Italian fashion house for the male wrist, has become an increasingly structured collection over the years with the Octo Finissimo (in 2014) and Octo Roma (in 2017) versions. Octo Finissimo, since its presentation, has had the task of representing the watchmaking family of records in terms of thickness: from the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Manual, up to the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar which were the thinnest watches on the market with those specific characteristics .

In the Octo Finissimo Ultra (01) the hours are read on the right side of the dial on two off-centre indicators: the upper one marks the hours, the lower one the minutes. At six o’clock a very small wheel marks the seconds.

These versions have been joined by the Octo Finissimo Ultra, presented in Rome last March, in a limited edition of 10 pieces, with a sandblasted titanium case measuring 40 mm in diameter and, above all, only 1.8 mm thick and with a weight, so to speak, of only 44 grams. Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, director of the Bulgari Watch Design Center, says: «To create it, we revolutionized the rules in terms of design of the movement, the case, the case back, the bracelet and its folding buckle. To achieve a subtlety like this, the way of thinking must be revised, as well as drawing on many skills, playing with materials and adapting to many new constraints: this model can be considered an absolute complication in the vast field represented by ultra miniaturization » . The manufacturing process took a full three years.

A stage in the assembly of the BVL 180-manufactured caliber with steel winding and adjustment wheels and 50-hour power reserve.

Among the solutions, the tungsten carbide case back (an extremely resistant mix of carbon and tungsten) was designed to also act as a plate: on this, therefore, the 170 elements that make up the very thin BVL 180 winding caliber were mounted. manual with 50 hours of power reserve. Looking at the dial, on the right side there are two off-centre indicators: in the upper one the hand marks the hours, in the lower one the minutes. At 6 o’clock, however, a small wheel indicates the seconds.

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A unique QR code is engraved on the ratchet wheel of the mechanism which allows watch owners to access an NFT work.

And then, the gaze can only linger on the left where there is a part of the mechanism, the ratchet wheel, which seems to show a particular decoration. In reality it is a QR code which allows the owner of the watch to access an exclusive NFT work as well as a series of information on the watch itself. Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari explains: «Octo is a modern watch and reflects the character of a gentleman of today, surrounded by luxury and contemporaneity. For this, for the first time we have linked it to NFTs, which makes each of these Octo Finissimo Ultra a unique piece, giving access to a unique and exclusive artwork for each model, created as a creative idea by an artist guided by Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani.

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Parts of the movement before being machined.

Each NFT is an integral part of the watch. We certainly don’t want to reproduce virtual watches, but artistic NFTs inspired by the object that add experience, value and emotion». Among other things, always remaining on the artistic theme, together with the Octo Finissimo Ultra, for the anniversary Bulgari has also created two limited edition models (200 pieces per version), an Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT and an Octo Finissimo automatic time only, both with sandblasted titanium case and bracelet in which the artistic side is immediately evident.

The watchmaking family of thickness records turns ten years old