The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo is the type of watch that comes along so infrequently in the world of watches that it can take many by surprise. Much like the Porsche 911, most watches evolve in incremental steps over generations. Tesla would be a better comparison for the Octo Finissimo though. It takes the rule book and throws it out the window. Based on a Gerald Genta design, the Octo line was inherited by Bvlgari in their purchase of the Genta brand, along with Daniel Roth, in 2000. This acquisition marks a turning point for Bvlgari and its intentions to enter the world of high-end horology. 17 years later the Octo Finissimo marks the moment when for many in the watch world, the brand truly achieved its goal. The Octo Finissimo was and still is a technological marvel. When it was released it held the record for the slimmest automatic movement at 2.23mm. Its faceted matte titanium case was also incredibly thin measuring only 5.15mm thin. The list of features continues with a platinum micro-rotor, the hidden clasp that recedes into the bracelet itself, and a sparse dial that lets the case and movement take center stage. A watch for the bold and innovative person that lives in us all.
The Case and Bracelet
The 40mm titanium case and bracelet are in excellent condition with no flaws to note. The hardness of the titanium and the matte finish means that scratching the finish is nearly impossible. The faceted design is futuristic and bold, yet the overall slimness and matte finish allow the watch to slip under the radar. As a bonus for the owner, the watch features a sizeable sapphire display caseback that puts the highly finished movement on full view. The watch is sized to fit a 7-inch wrist and comes with all of its additional links.
The Dial and Hands
The dial is also titanium and matches the case perfectly in color. It was designed with functionality in mind. The layout and painted hour markers and logo are simple because they have to be to achieve the watch’s thin form factor. No room for applied elements or sunken registers. The dial lets the watch breathe and completes its forward looking yet understated look.
This watch features the automatic, Bulgari’s caliber BVL 138 Finissimo movement (2.23mm x 36.6mm). The movement features a 60-hour power reserve and a platinum micro-rotor and is decorated with Cotes de Genève, chamfered bridges, and a circular-grained mainplate. The watch is running and has never been serviced.
Box and Papers
This example was originally purchased in 2017 and comes as a complete set, with its box, papers, and its original sales receipt.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Bulgari's caliber BVL 138 Finissimo|
|Clasp Type||Hidden Clasp|