The Bulgari Octo Finis­simo Squelette gets all pumped-up

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Zoom - Text Ter­ence Lim Pho­tog­ra­phy Ching/green­plas­tic­sol­diers Styling Char­lene Lee

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.

Tefnut Sleep­ing Beauty by MORITZ GROSS­MANN from Caratell.

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