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the first ‘octo’ watch was de­signed in the 1990s by swiss watch brand gérald genta. Like its epony­mous founder, the genta stu­dio was adept at shapeshift­ing, meld­ing the cir­cu­lar bezel and an­gu­lar case of the ‘octo’ in a blend of jew­eller-style fin­ishes. Bul­gari ac­quired the genta busi­ness in 1999 and ever since has been hon­ing his in­stincts for geo­met­ric play with verve and style. For its ‘octo Finis­simo au­to­matic’, Bul­gari spurned a tra­di­tional gold fin­ish in favour of an in­dus­trial ap­proach. the watch’s 18ct-rose-gold case and bracelet is sand­blasted, in­fus­ing the metal with a uniquely mod­ern, ma­chine-like gleam. we’ve put it firmly in the spot­light us­ing Cana­dian de­signer tom Chung’s ‘Beam’ lamp for mu­uto, which shares the sleek in­dus­trial fin­ish of the ‘octo Finis­simo’. Fea­tur­ing a ro­tat­ing base and an an­odised alu­minium body, it can shed light from ei­ther end and the bright­ness can be al­tered with a play­ful twist of a dial. Bril­liant from start to fin­ish.

‘octo Finis­simo au­to­matic’ watch, £37,700, by Bul­gari. ‘Beam’ lamp, £179, by tom Chung, for mu­utoFor stock­ists, see page 169

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