Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic – Bulgari’s 4th record breaker


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At the last year’s Baselworld, Bulgari stunned the whole watchmaking world with its Octo Finissimo Automatic – the (at the time) thinnest automatic watch in the world. This year the Rome-based brand is raising the bar even higher by introducing the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, a timepiece that brakes not one but two world records: the thinnest self-winding watch and the thinnest tourbillon watch! A new achievement in the field of extreme slenderness, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is taking modern masculine elegance to a whole new height. A perfect combination of technical sophistication and aesthetic elegance, Bulgari’s 4th record breaker continues the tradition started by the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon (the thinnest tourbillon movement) in 2014 and continued by the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater (the slimmest minute repeater) and Octo Finissimo Automatic in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is only 3.95mm thick. To achieve this level of slenderness, Bulgari had to find technical solutions in the overall construction. The new self-winding calibre BVL 288 is very similar to the hand-wound BVL 268 used in the 2014 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon – they both feature the same construction and same thickness of only 1.95mm. The challenge with the new movement was how to fit the self-winding mechanism without increasing the thickness of the caliber. The solution was to develop an innovative peripheral oscillating weight and position it on the back of the movement. The oscillating weight is made of white gold and titanium, two materials whose different density allows the rotor to oscillate in a specifically regular pattern. The movement also features a flying tourbillon (6 o’clock) equipped with an ultra-thin ball-bearing system contributing to the reduced thickness.

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The watch is only 3.95mm thick

 

The new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is housed in a 42mm sandblasted titanium case. The Italian brand has intentionally chosen this ultra-modern material to guarantee a mix of lightness and sturdiness. Water resistant to 30 meters, the complex, finely structured case draws its beauty and strength from design. Its ridges and angles create mesmerizing light effects and perspectives that are unique in the world of watchmaking. On the back of the watch there is a solid caseback with an opening that allows the wearer to admire both the tourbillon and the oscillating weight in motion. The opening is shaped like the entrance door of Bulgari’s Via Condotti boutique in Rome. Completing the case is a numbered sandblasted titanium crown with ceramic inlay.

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Titanium was chosen because of its light weight and sturdiness

 

Underneath the double AR-coated sapphire crystal lies a skeletonized open dial that showcases the movement and all of its components. The BVL 288 indicates hours, minutes and small seconds. Entirely developed and produced by Bulgari, this self-winding tourbillon movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and is endowed with a power reserve of approximately 52 hours. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic comes on a sandblasted titanium bracelet fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp. Limited to 50 pieces, the watch is priced at $120,000.

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The opening on the back of the watch is shaped like the entrance door of Bulgari’s Via Condotti boutique in Rome

 

 

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