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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.

2000:

Bulgari takes over the Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth brands.

2010:

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.

2011:

French fash­ion house and lux­ury re­tail com­pany LVMH ac­quires a ma­jor­ity stake in Bulgari.

2012:

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.

2013:

LVMH an­nounces the ap­point­ment of Jean-christophe Babin as Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

2014:

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).

2016:

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).

2017:

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.”

2018:

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.

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