Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Squelette gets all pumped-up
Bulgari has been on a roll with its Octo Finissimo line of watches, breaking ultra-thin record after record. The rewriting of technical feats has gotten the watch cognoscenti to take notice of the collection. Due credit has to be given to the watchmakers for innovating clever ways to minimise the space between the movement components. Take the Octo Finissimo Squelette, for instance. Its Calibre BVL 128SK barely measures 2.35mm thick but provides a whopping 60 hours of power reserve. Last year’s variant came sheathed in black with gilded touches on the bezel and hands. The 2017 edition, however, takes on a full-matte grey look. Its titanium case matches the grey of exposed movement components, making the highly technical watch look sporty and masculine.
A chance meeting between Caratell founder Michael Koh and Moritz Grossmann CEO Christine Hutter led to the creation of this watch named Sleeping Beauty. Both the local jeweller and the Glashütte-based watch brand were exhibitors at a Singapore yacht show in 2016. During the meeting, Koh and Hutter realised the synergy between the two firms and this led to the partnership which saw Koh designing and Moritz Grossman producing the unusual watch—it has visible lugs only on the left side of the case and a sloping dialplate. Because of the peculiarities, the development process took nearly a year with extra time spent on prototyping and production. The result is a unique yet elegant ladies’ Tefnut model with a whimsical moonphase display. Koh’s expertise with gemstones also sees the manual-winding piece, which comes in four colourways, decorated with different jewels.