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Latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Watch Review


Latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Watch Review

Latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Watch Review

IN-DEPTH: The slender sexiness of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

The story in a second: Forget bling: thin is in, and Bulgari are king. The Octo Finissimo Automatic is the latest in Bulgari’s trio of record-breaking ultra-thin watches, and perhaps the greatest.

We have a look at the watch’s barely-there beauty, and find out why it’s such a standout. The case Any discussion of the Octo Finissimo Automatic has to start with some specs. And for the case, the key figure is 5.15mm.

That’s slight, no matter how you slice it, but it manages to avoid feeling frail on the wrist. The level of finishing is very high, and you can see how anything superfluous has been pared back or – in the example of the caseback – removed completely. 

For me, though, the real surprise about this case wasn’t how thin it was, it’s the weight. On the excellent bracelet (more on that later), the Octo Finissimo clocks in at only 73 grams, thanks to the titanium construction.

It’s so light that I did an almost comical double take the first time I picked it up.

But the benefit of the titanium case extends beyond its lightness; it’s exceptionally thermo-conductive, meaning it very quickly matches your body temperature, making it even more comfortable.

The other major advantage of titanium is less of a physical property and more of a cultural one.

Traditionally, titanium is not a luxury material, rather it’s used for its technical properties.

That Bulgari opted to use it here is smart, as it’s the perfect complement to the industrial, architectural Octo case, a 40mm exercise in sharply formed angles, lines and light.

The sandblasted finish only amplifies the effect.

The dial, like the case, is matt and grey, with minimal detail to detract from the purity of the design, or add thickness.

There are the trademark Octo hands, and paired ’12’ and ‘6’ numerals.

Everything else is reduced to flat black hash marks.

It’s clean to the point of being sterile, with only the Bulgari brand text and off-centre small seconds providing visual relief.

Some might find the uncompromising aesthetic stark, but there’s no denying it’s legible and amplifies the mood of cutting-edge modernity the Octo Finissimo projects.

The movement : The BVL 138 is ostensibly the star of the show, and it doesn’t fail to deliver (though it must be said the case and bracelet gives it a run for its money).

Measuring in at 2.23mm, it’s a piece of miniaturised engineering that doesn’t cut corners as it breaks records.

The previous record-holder, Piaget’s Altiplano, measures 2.35, meaning the Bulgari has shaved a (not so massive) 0.12mm off the width.

Another popular ultra-thin, JLC’s Caliber 896, measures nearly double, at 3.98mm.

For all its slightness the BVL 138 still manages to offer contemporary standards; a platinum micro-rotor, 60 hours of power reserve and 3Hz beat rate.

Latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Watch Review

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