MILESTONES AND RECORDS
The Bulgari Octo range currently comprises five collections: the Octo Solotempo (time-only watches), the Octo Velocissimo (chronographs), the Octo Finissimo (ultra-thin watches), the Octo Roma (featuring a 58facet case instead of the Octo’s regular 110-facet case) and the Octo Maserati editions. In addition, variations like the Octo Ultranero (black cases) and the Octo Skeleton are also available in some of these collections.
Bulgari takes over the Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth brands.
Launch of the first Bulgari/gérald Genta co-branded Octo ("Bulgari by Gérald Genta"), the Bi-retro Steel Ceramic (Ref. OBR.Y.1C, diameter = 43 mm), powered by the self-winding Cal. GG7722.
French fashion house and luxury retail company LVMH acquires a majority stake in Bulgari.
Launch of the Octo Solotempo in stainless steel (Ref. 101964) under the Bulgari brand with a redesigned case (height = 10.55 mm, diameter = 41.50 mm), dial and crown, powered by the self-winding Cal. BVL 193.
LVMH announces the appointment of Jean-christophe Babin as Chief Executive Officer.
Launch of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in platinum (Ref. 102138); at 1.95 mm thick, its manual-wind Cal. BVL 268 becomes the slimmest tourbillon movement (the Octo's case measures 5 mm, only 0.2 mm more than Audemars Piguet’s Ref. 25643 from 1986). Launch of the Octo Velocissimo chronograph (Ref. 102116), powered by the self-winding Cal. BVL 328 (based on the El Primero from Zenith).
Launch of the Octo Finissimo Répétition Minutes in titanium (Ref. 102559); at 6.85 mm thick, the watch becomes the slimmest minute repeater watch on the market (the manualwind movement, Cal. BVL 362, measures 3.12 mm) Launch of the Octo Ultranero series, which combines black cases with DLC with elements in rose gold (Solotempo, Chronograph and Tourbillon).
Launch of the Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium (Ref. 102711); at 5.15 mm thick, the Octo becomes, albeit for a brief time, the slimmest self-winding watch on the market (the movement, Cal. BVL 138, measures 2.23 mm). Launch of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette in platinum (Ref. 102719); its manual-wind Cal. BVL 268SK potentially also becomes the slimmest skeletonized tourbillon movement on the market. Launch of the Octo Roma with a rounder, 58-facet case (diameter = 41 mm) in steel (Ref. 102704 or 102779), steel and rose gold (Ref. 102703) and rose gold (Ref. 102705), powered by the self-winding Cal. BVL 191. The Octo Finissimo Automatic (Ref. 102711) and the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette (Ref. 102719) win at the Grand Prix d'horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in the categories “Men's Watch” and “Tourbillon and Escapement.”
Launch of the Octo Finissimo Automatic in rose gold (Ref. 102912). Launch of the Octo Finissimo Automatic in stainless steel (Ref. 103011). Launch of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon (Carbon Thin Ply, or CTP, Ref. 102794), with a total weight of 47 grams only, potentially the lightest mechanical minute repeater on the market. Launch of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic (Ref. 102937); at 3.95 mm thick, it’s the world's thinnest automatic watch, the world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon and the world’s thinnest tourbillon. (The movement is, like the manual-wind version from 2014, only 1.95 mm thick.) The Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium (Ref. 102711) wins a “Red Dot: Best of the Best” design award.