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Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

With its new Octo Finissimo at just 3.95 mm thick, Bulgari sets for the fourth time a world record and redefines the frontiers of Haute Horlogerie.

At Baselworld 2018, Bvlgari presents a new breakthrough on the front of extreme slenderness. At just 3.95 mm thick, Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic claims a new watch industry record for the fourth time. The new Automatic movement equipped with a Tourbillon follows the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (2014), the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater (2016) and Octo Finissimo Automatic (2017). This new landmark expresses Bvlgari’s mastery of the watchmaking art – duly acknowledged at last year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève which rewarded both the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton and the Octo Finissimo Automatic.

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic © Bulgari

In the case of this new Tourbillon Automatic model, the Maison had to find technical solutions in the overall construction in order to achieve this degree of slenderness combining exceptional expertise with respect for a certain aesthetic and a model that has achieved icon status. Working on the basis of the Finissimo Tourbillon movement launched in 2014, this new development – Calibre BVL 288 – handles automatic winding via an innovative and attractive peripheral oscillating weight positioned on the back of the movement. It is made of white gold and aluminium, two metals whose contrasting density enables the circular weight to oscillate in a particularly regular manner. The movement also incorporates a flying tourbillon equipped with a ballbearing system contributing to the reduced thickness.

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Front view of the Calibre BVL 288 Finissimo © Bulgari

Measuring just 1.95 mm thick and endowed with a 52-hour power reserve, Calibre BVL 288 Finissimo is housed in a sandblasted titanium case revealing the entirely openworked skeleton movement displaying all its internal organs. Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic also indicates the hours, minutes and small seconds. An opening on the back of the watch, depicting the stylised motif adorning the entrance of the boutique on the Via Condotti in Rome, provides a chance to admire both the tourbillon and the oscillating weight in action.

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Back view of the Calibre BVL 288 Finissimo © Bulgari

Its finely structured 42-mm case draws its strength and beauty from design. Ridges and angles create light effects and perspectives that are unique on the watchmaking scene. Octo Finissimo gives free rein to its modern character by proving it has its finger firmly on the pulse of the most contemporary Italian design trends. In both these respects, Octo can now be regarded as the watch that turns its back on re-editions or vintage themes, given its shape and its case that are firmly entrenched in the 21st century.

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic © Bulgari

The slimness of a watch is based on an ability to rethink, redesign and remodel volumes. It is a global approach relating to all elements of the watch, meaning the case and bracelet as well as each movement component. Bvlgari has chosen an ultra-contemporary material, titanium, to guarantee a combination of sturdiness and lightness.

Lecture 1 Comment(s)

22 March 2018
Brian Ssengo
Brilliantly designed. its a piece of a well designed art

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