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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