Octo Finissimo Skeleton Titanium
December 13, 2017
EXTREME SLENDERNESS AND SUPREME LIGHTNESS FOR AN ULTRA-ELEGANT CONTEMPORARY TIMEPIECE
Octo Finissimo Skeleton appears attired in titanium. This graphically contemporary architectural work pays tribute to the principles of beauty and balance inherent in the Italian constructions of Antiquity and the Renaissance. Formal complexity gives rise to an overall harmony to which Bulgari has lent another dimension with the delicate skeleton-working of the ultra-slim movement. A full immersion into the heart of the watch provides a fascinating new perspective.
Skeleton-working associates the artist’s talents with the watchmaker’s technical skill. Literally causing light to stream through the ‘engine’ of a watch requires an ability to grasp its strengths and weaknesses, calling for an obsession with creating an overall work of balance and beauty. For Bulgari, no technical project ever comes to fruition if it is not matched by a powerful aesthetic dimension. This constant principle generates a dynamic that enables Bulgari to offer exceptional contemporary watches exuding an elegance entirely in touch with the times.
A multitude of small details are expressed through the meticulous craftsmanship exercised by the watchmakers and artisans of the Manufacture Bulgari. The eye wanders through the arabesque motifs of this intricate mechanical lacework. While the latter certainly appears complex, it has been treated by Bulgari with an understated elegance designed to accentuate the coherent, homogenous nature of the model. To highlight its contemporary personality, the surfaces of the mainplate and bridges have been chamfered and adorned with a circular decorative motif. The finely skeleton-worked hands are also rhodium-plated. Providing a distinctly on-trend touch, the 40 mm-diameter case is made of titanium, a guarantee of pleasing lightness. The winding-crown, also made of titanium, is set with a ceramic insert, providing a jewellery-like detail in terms of craftsmanship and a modern touch with regards to its design. The transparent case-back and the sapphire crystal protecting the dial enable light to flood through this watch that is water-resistant to 30 metres.
Each component of the mechanical hand-wound Calibre BVL 128SK has been meticulously chased, hollowed out and reduced to essentials. This in-house movement with its balance beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) drives displays of the hours, minutes and small seconds, along with the ever useful power-reserve indication. The latter amounts to 65 hours, thereby guaranteeing both precision and regularity. The excellence of this movement lies in its slenderness. At just 2.35 mm thick, it is one of the thinnest in the world, representing an accomplishment that appeals by its elegant proportions as well as displaying impressive watchmaking skills, since this timepiece combines sophisticated openworking with extreme slimness, a speciality brilliantly mastered by Bulgari.
The Maison is indeed a past master in the particular domain and currently holds three world records. After the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon – the thinnest of its kind in the world – launched in 2014, the Manufacture presented in 2016 the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, the slimmest minute repeater watch on the market; followed in 2017 by the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the thinnest ultra-thin self-winding watch powered by a platinum micro-rotor. Octo Finissimo Skeleton in titanium is entirely in line with these world records, bringing a watch with a bold personality elegantly associating technical refinement with aesthetic beauty.