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Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire

A stunning black version in DLC-coated steel contrasting with blue.

Right from the time of its introduction in 2012, Octo by Bulgari renewed the approach to watchmaking by bringing a contemporary vision. Inspired by the architectural harmony of antiquity, its daring design plays with geometry and light. Fully mastered volumes, complex lines and 110 facets achieve the tour de force of embodying both simplicity and a modern vision of elegance.

With the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire, it is resolutely time for transparency. But the  watch also offers a new interpretation of the formal purity of the octagon, with a new case with its modern, urban proportions.

Bulgari makes no distinction between form and substance. The task of modelling shapes and seeking aesthetic balance is not gratuitous, but instead consistently intended to match functionality. The formal purity of the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire is now dedicated to a new horological vision: allowing light to pour in so as to magnify the beauty of the movement, imbued with an innovative, modernistic approach.

Octo Tourbillon Saphir

Octo Tourbillon Sapphire © Bulgari

Through its dial and its transparent caseback, the 44mm-diameter timepiece crafted in steel DLC-black coated (Diamond Like Carbon) offers connoisseurs a visual immersion into the system itself. The mechanical manual-winding flying tourbillon movement, Calibre BVL 206, is staged at the heart of the watch and features 11 DLC-coated bridges adorned with blue bars made of ITR2 – a unique composite material laden with carbon nanotube particles and endowed with metal-like hardness – and SLN, a high-tech luminescent material. The bridges are also used as hour-markers, thereby serving both to support the movement and as functional elements in reading off the hours and minutes.

Octo Tourbillon Saphir

Calibre BVL 206 © Bulgari


 

The time-setting operations of the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire stem from a sophisticated development process. One press on the crown reveals a red dot in the micro-aperture at 3 o’clock, signalling that the time may be set simply by rotating the crown. Once the operation is complete, a further press causes the dot to vanish and locks the time-setting mechanism.

The timepiece is fitted with a rubber-coated black alligator leather strap, with steel DLC folding clasp.

 

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