Monday, April 13, 2015

Bulgari Octo Edition 2015: Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, Octo Finissimo, Octo Solotempo, Octo Tourbillon Full Diamonds & Octo Bi-Retrograde Full Diamonds

Since its launch in 2012, the Bulgari Octo has rapidly acquired central status within the collections, following in the wake of the Octo models with retrograde displays launched in 2010. In barely three years, this model has earned a special place among the surrounding watch creations. A formal sophisticated approach and freshly defined aesthetic codes enable Octo to deploy its aesthetic charms across a broad range and to fully assert its potential, as emphasised by the new releases for 2015.

Last year’s presentation of the world’s thinnest tourbillon was a global-scale event that had a considerable impact among connoisseurs of extreme high-end watchmaking. This year, Bulgari has decided to treat all those wishing to measure time thanks to this beautiful instrument by offering various interpretations driven by super-slim mechanisms.
The 110-facetted case of the Octo watch provides a perfect setting for the three Manufacture-made calibres starting with the exceptional BVL 268 Finissimo Tourbillon, a flying tourbillon movement measuring just 1.95 mm – to date the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement. OctoFinissimo Tourbillon, endowed with a 52-hour power reserve, comes in three versions, all with a 40 mm-diameter case.
The extremely elegant pink gold variation is fitted with a black alligator strap, while the other more modern-looking one comes in platinum framing a black lacquered dial. The platinum crown features black ceramic inserts, while the bezel is set with 60 baguette-cut diamonds.
Finissimo Tourbillon calibre, ultra-thin hand-wound flying tourbillon Manufacture movement making one turn per minute
The slimmest ever made at 1.95 mm thick
Casing diameter: 32.00mm
Total diameter: 32.60mm
14.5 lignes
249 parts
21,600 vph (3 Hz) frequency
Tourbillon carriage: 1.95 mm thick, mounted on ultra-thin ball bearings driven from the outside
Variable-inertia balance requiring no index
Approx. 55-hour power reserve
High-end finishes: bevelling, Côtes de Genève

Case, dial and strap (Pink gold version)
18ct pink gold case, 40 mm in diameter
Total thickness of the watch: 5.00mm
Polished black lacquered dial
Black alligator leather strap

The mechanical hand-wound OctoFinissimo watch is available in two different interpretations, both endowed with a 55-hour power reserve, recognisable by the small seconds hand appearing on a subdial at 7 o’clock, and also fitted with a black alligator leather strap.
The first is in pink gold with a black lacquered dial, while the second is made of platinum set on the bezel with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds and adorned with a black ceramic-inlaid crown.
Moreover, Bulgari has also chosen to introduce several new variations on the theme of the Octo watch designed to highlight the beauty of its harmonious aesthetic. For while this watch is based on a complex, extremely structured design, and its case calls for expert care in shaping the 110 facets, the final result nonetheless exudes a distinct impression of simplicity.

Finissimo calibre, ultra-thin hand-wound Manufacture movement: 2.23 mm thick
36.60 mm in diameter
26 jewels
Indication of the hours and minutes offset small seconds between 7 and 8 o’clock
Power- reserve display on the back
28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Approx. 65-hour power reserve
Circular-grained main plate vertical, Côtes de Genève

Case, dial and strap
18ct pink gold or platinum( bezel set with diamonds), 40 mm diameter
Scratch-resistant glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Transparent case-back revealing the movement
Platinum crown with ceramic insert (Platinum model)
Total thickness 5.15 mm
Water-resistant to 30 m
Polished black lacquered dial; facetted and rhodiumed hands
Black alligator leather strap with 18 ct pink gold or platinum pin buckle

With the Solotempo range, Octo focuses strictly on essentials, indicating the hours, minutes and seconds as well as a date in a window at 3 o’clock. It is powered by the self-winding Manufacture BVL 191 movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

The diameter of the case has been deliberately reduced to 38 mm for this line, thereby enabling this classic and now timeless watch to embrace the resolutely modern style based on more modest diameters. Three variations are on offer.
The first is in steel and features an exquisite sunburst translucent-lacquered dial in a shimmering deep blue, teamed with an elegant blue alligator leather strap. The second has the same blue dial, but this time associated with a steel structured-link bracelet making a perfect match with the Octo watch.
It renders the watch extremely versatile by enabling it to accompany its owner around the clock, from moments of daytime relaxation and sports activity right the way through to elegant dressy evening events.  The third opts for a sophisticated, more precious look with a silver-toned dial together with an 18-carat pink gold case and bracelet.
Solotempo calibre, self-winding Manufacture movement entirely designed, developed and produced in-house
28,800 vph (4 Hz)
42-hour power reserve
11.5 lignes
26.20mm x 3.80mm
26 jewels
Hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock
Bidirectional oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings
Instant date change, equipped with a stop-seconds mechanism serving to lock the balance-wheel when the crown is pulled out; disconnecting system serving to avoid wear of the pinions and to save energy when the winding mechanism is in action, either via the crown or via the movement of the oscillating weight
Côtes de Genève, snailed and sandblasted decoration; bevelled and polished bridge rims, circular satin-brushed wheels, burnished pivots, chamfered holes; domed and polished screw heads

Case, dial and strap
Steel or 18 ct pink gold case, 38 mm in diameter;
Black lacquered or silver-toned dial depending on the version;
Alligator strap or steel or steel/gold bracelet, depending on the version

Octo also knows how to shine in truly dazzling brilliance by appearing paved with 262 baguette-cut diamonds adorning the white gold case. Skilfully paved using the invisible setting technique, the dial displays a perfectly smooth surface composed of 178 baguette-cut diamonds highlighting the tourbillon device. The crown itself is set with 8 baguette-cut diamonds and a brilliant-cut diamond. In another interpretation, baguette-cut diamonds clothe to perfection the Octo Bi-Retrograde and its distinctive black ceramic displays creating a striking contrast with the pristine purity of the gems.
BVL 263 calibre, self-winding Manufacture movement entirely designed, developed and produced in-house
21,600 vph (3 Hz)
64-hour power reserve
28.60 mm x 5.95 mm
40 jewels
Tourbillon device on a sapphire bridge
Côtes de Genèves and circular graining
22ct gold oscillating weight
Indication of the hours and minutes

Case, dial and strap
22 ct white gold 41 mm-diameter case, set with 262 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 11.20 cts)
Crown set with 8 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.15 cts) and 1 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.22 cts)
18ct white gold case-back fitted with transparent sapphire crystal pane
Water-resistant to 30 m
Dial with full “invisible setting” composed of 178 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 6.75 cts), opening revealing the tourbillon carriage
Black alligator leather strap equipped with a double-blade folding clasp set with 35 diamonds (approx.1.24 cts)


Retro GG7722 calibre, self-winding Manufacture movement entirely designed, developed and produced in-house
28,800 vph (3 Hz)
45-hour power reserve
25.60 mm x 5.53 mm, 35 jewels
Jumping hours, retrograde minutes and retrograde date

Case, dial and strap
18 ct white gold 43 mm-diameter case, adorned with baguette-cut diamonds using the “invisible setting” technique
18ct white gold screw-lock crown set with a specially cut solitaire diamond
Water-resistant to 100 m
Dial with full “invisible setting” composed of baguette-cut diamonds
Minutes and date sectors made from ceramic marquetry
Black alligator leather strap equipped with a double-blade folding clasp set with 35 diamonds (approx. 1.24 cts).

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