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Af­ter launch­ing the world’s thinnest tour­bil­lon model in 2014, Bul­gari con­tin­ues ex­plor­ing the theme of ex­treme slen­der­ness in the Octo Finis­simo Minute Re­peater, which is the world’s thinnest strik­ing watch.

The BVL Cal­i­bre 362 mea­sures j ust 3.12mm thick and the over­all case thick­ness amounts to only 6.85mm. The case, made of ti­ta­nium, is not only ap­pre­cia­bly light but the low-den­sity me­tal also en­sures the best pos­si­ble sound dif­fu­sion. The hour-mark­ers on the dial, also made from the same me­tal, fea­ture an in­cised, cut-out de­sign, as does the small sec­onds counter at 6 o’clock: the open­ings serve to am­plify res­o­nance inside the case and op­ti­mise the sound ef­fect.

The cir­cu­lar-sec­tion gongs di­rectly af­fixed to the case are in­di­vid­u­ally fash­ioned and fin­ished by hand. From pre­par­ing and shap­ing the steel parts, to defin­ing the notes and the har­mon­ics, many stages are in­volved in pro­duc­ing the com­pleted gongs. The ex­treme minia­tur­i­sa­tion of the 362 com­po­nents housed within this ex­tremely slim case is vividly il­lus­trated in the cen­trifu­gal strike gover­nor, fea­tur­ing a to­tal di­am­e­ter of just 3.3mm in­clud­ing its two in­er­tia-blocks. The pusher ac­ti­vat­ing the strik­ing mech­a­nism, fit­ted with an “all or noth­ing” safety de­vice, is po­si­tioned on the case mid­dle at 9 o’clock. It is de­signed to guar­an­tee con­tin­u­ous wa­ter re­sis­tance to 50m. This ex­cep­tional hand-wound move­ment de­liv­ers a 42-hour power re­serve once fully wound.

Octo Finis­simo Minute Re­peater lays the foun­da­tions of a new ap­proach to me­chan­ics and clas­sic com­pli­ca­tions. Lim­ited to 50 pieces.

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