Bulgari released five references of Octo Finissimo so far this year, each brimming with different measures of bravado and technical fortitude.
The headliner of these latest models, which first debuted in March at Baselworld, is undoubtedly the Automatic Tourbillon, a drool-worthy, openwork beauty that is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Bulgari and Piaget for world records in ultrathin watchmaking.
The finely linked bracelet introduced by Bulgari last year and the sandblasted finish first seen in the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater of 2016 are now essential elements. The combination is at its height in the newest automatic models, which are available in pink gold, rhodium-plated steel and sandblasted titanium.
So well integrated are the case, dial and bracelet that each looks as if it were stamped out of a sheet of homogeneous material.
Rounded out by a fully carbon-fibre edition of the brand’s ultrathin minute repeater, the latest Octo Finissimo timepieces seem like an entirely new breed of modern watch. Unlike so many of their Swiss counterparts, the watches’ technical qualities are second to style.
The logic of the design is apparent the minute you place the texture of these pieces next to skin and fabric – the essential test for any kind of timepiece. bulgari.com
Bulgari Octo Finissimo