DARK SIDE

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - TIMEPIECES -

While the Ro­man jew­ellery house of Bul­gari may be bet­ter known for its shim­mer­ing ser­pents, its horo­log­i­cal cre­ations have graced the wrists of the rich and fa­mous since 1975. One of the brand’s most iconic de­signs is the Octo, an oc­tag­o­nal watch com­prised chiefly of straight lines and facets – 110 of them – which this year is show­ing off a dark side, cour­tesy of the Ul­tranero col­lec­tion. The 41mm case is treated with a black di­a­mond­like car­bon fin­ish, which, thanks to its ul­tra-hard and scratch-re­sis­tant prop­er­ties, prom­ises to be as tough as it looks.

Un­in­ter­rupted black runs the risk of com­ing off as mo­not­o­nous. But paired with pink gold, as it is here, sud­denly the black seems richer and the gold more in­tensely lus­trous. It’s this clas­sic com­bi­na­tion that el­e­vates the Octo Ul­tranero chrono­graph to a higher plane of beauty, the pink gold hour mark­ers and hands ap­pear­ing to float on the pol­ished lac­quer dial, sur­rounded by a finely brushed gold bezel that adds a suit­ably Ital­ianate op­u­lence. RRP $18,550

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