2018 has been a breakthrough year for the highest luxury timepiece brands. We’ve seen the world’s first Triple Split Chronograph from A. Lange & Sohne, as well as a dive into unfamiliar territory for Patek Philippe, as they attempt to penetrate the increasingly luxurious young buyers’ market. Now it’s Bulgari’s turn to attract the attention, which they are doing with the unveiling of the newest watch to enter their esteemed collection; the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic.
Three World Records in One
This is a watch that can be credited with simultaneously breaking three world records at the same time: the world’s thinnest automatic watch, thinnest automatic tourbillon and thinnest tourbillon.
The Bulgari takes over from Audemars Piguet’s Reference 2643, which held the record of thinnest tourbillon for an incredible run of 32 years from 1986 until now.
The Finimisso Tourbillon measures in at 3.95mm thick, which is nothing short of extraordinary considering this is a watch that is built for everyday purpose, not just to sit on a shelf for show.
‘A Distinct Metalic and Mechanical Feel’
The case is constructed using sandblasted titanium, complemented by an ultra-thin, ultra-light titanium bracelet with a triple folding clasp.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic uses a skeletonised open dial, showcasing all the cogs and movements for the world to see. This, combined with the sandblasted titanium finish give this watch a distinct metallic and mechanical feel.
Key Features and Price
Probably the most praised aspect of the watch is the BVL 288 calibre, which at first glance is a beautiful sight to behold. It allows for the smoothest of movement on the automatic winding system.
The power reserve comes in at 55 hours, which is standard for the luxury watch industry. It also features a water resistance of 30 metres, catering for the highly popular diving market.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic doesn’t come cheap. It currently retails at $118,000, and although the availability is still unknown, expect a limited supply at that kind of price mark.
A Baselworld Spectacle
Perhaps it was the striking, mechanical aesthetics, or the slenderness of the world record breaking Tourbillon that caused a stir at this year’s Baselworld.
However, since it was debuted in the Swiss city for the biggest watch show of the year, there has been an ever-growing buzz surrounding this watch, and for good reason.
This is a watch that has been stripped down to its very core. The painstakingly handcrafted mechanics unconcealed, brandished to the world and packed into the thinnest automatic watch to ever grace the planet; and ultimately, it is this minimalistic design that showcases its true beauty.