Bulgari’s pre-Basel line-up of watches confirms that we are witnessing a watchmaking revival where daring designs and jaw-dropping mechanical feats are elegantly executed in immaculate Italian style. At the forefront of this renaissance are the men’s Octo timepieces that dare to break the mold, making this octagonal watch a game-changer not just for Bulgari but for the industry as a whole.
It has been just six years since its launch, but the Octo has fast become a distinctive icon, recognisable in a flash of the eye. Few watchmakers can claim to have created a standout product in such a short time while picking up accolades for design and material innovation and repeatedly breaking horological world records with a dash of sprezzatura.
Being an Italian jeweller with 135 years experience of making beautiful objects, design leads the creation process and the result are watches only a son of Rome could have designed. Bulgari’s distinctive and uncompromising style looks both to the past and the future as it harnesses the power of Italian design genius with a focus on unique shapes and materials and an emphasis on ultra-slim movements and cases. Maintaining a classic harmony of proportions, the circle bravely meets the square. By perfecting the one case, the sculptural shape has been refined to 110 expertly honed facets to create a resolutely masculine and powerful form in its minimum expression. And it’s not just about great design, but a marriage of style with Swiss watchmaking rigour. Bulgari’s accelerated rise in the sphere of luxury and haute horlogerie watches is underpinned by its manufacture in Switzerland where all its watches are made. The purchase in 2000 of the niche and high-end complication watch house Gérald Genta gave Bulgari a fast-track access to some of Switzerland’s most skilled watchmakers.
The ultra-thin Finissimo movement has already broken four world records for minimal movements and cases. The line up is: thinnest automatic watch thanks to its peripheral oscillating weight, most slender hand-wound and automatic tourbillons and the most svelte minute repeater; all of which are a direct result of the Gérald Genta know-how at the heart of Bulgari’s technical development.
Bulgari has also made the skeleton a speciality of its own by finishing it with finely-honed edges and space-age matt-black finishings. Add to this a willingness to experiment with finishes such as DLC and carbon and you can see how Bulgari is beating a very new path of its own in the traditional world of watchmaking.
Adding to Bulgari’s impressive roster of Octo’s, the pre-Basel launches include a host of new models from the mechanically mind-blowing to the simply perfect. The Octo Grande Sonnerie (above) is Bulgari’s most complicated watch to date of which only one will be made. The impressive movement is visible through the skeletonised dial offering a glimpse into the automatic BVL 703 caliber. Entirely made in-house this masterpiece combines a tourbillon with striking hour, quarters and minute functions. Combining the resonating qualities of metal and the lightness of high-tech materials, the middle case is titanium sandwiched between rose gold.
Credit to: Maria Doulton
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