Watch and Brand News Bulgari World Record: Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic Technical Details & Pricing Baselworld 2018

Bulgari takes masculine contemporary elegance to the next level with their new world record setting Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic. This is the fourth time a world record has been set by Bulgari for the Octo Finissimo collection.

Left to right: 2014 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, 2017 Octo Finissimo Automatic, 2016 Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, 2018 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

A new year brings another accomplishment for the Octo Finissimo, the new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic claims a new record and is just 3.95mm thick. This new release follows the launch of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in 2014, Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 and last year’s Octo Finissimo Automatic.

Caliber BVL 288

In the case of this new Tourbillon Automatic model, the Maison had to find technical solutions in the overall construction in order to achieve this degree of slenderness combining exceptional expertise with respect for a certain aesthetic and a model that has achieved icon status. Working on the basis of the Finissimo Tourbillon movement launched in 2014, this new development – Calibre BVL 288 – handles automatic winding via an innovative and attractive peripheral oscillating weight positioned on the back of the movement.

It is made of white gold and aluminium, two metals whose contrasting density enables the circular weight to oscillate in a particularly regular manner. The movement also incorporates a flying tourbillon equipped with a ballbearing system contributing to the reduced thickness.

Measuring just 1.95mm thick and endowed with a 52-hour power reserve, Calibre BVL 288 Finissimo is housed in a sandblasted titanium case revealing the entirely openworked skeleton movement displaying all its internal organs. Octo Finissimo Automatic Tourbillon also indicates the hours, minutes and small seconds. An opening on the back of the watch, depicting the stylised motif adorning the entrance of the boutique on the Via Condotti in Rome, provides a chance to admire both the tourbillon and the oscillating weight in action.

This is clearly a case of the watchmaking art serving innovation and style, as Bvlgari has been vividly demonstrating since 2014 with the successive Octo Finissimo launches. The development and production of an ultra-thin watch is a very distinctive undertaking. It in no way represents a mere miniaturisation of an existing model, particularly with the benchmark Octo Finissimo.

Technical Details

  • Caliber BVL 288 Manufacture skeleton automatic movement equipped with a Tourbillon carriage mounted on a peripherally-driven ultra-thin ball-bearing mechanism
  • 1.95mm thick movement
  • 52- hour power reserve.
  • Hours, minutes and small second
  • 42mm sandblasted titanium case
  • Skeletonized dial
  • 3.95mm thick case
  • Solid caseback with opening to view tourbillon
  • 30m water resistance
  • Sandblasted titanium bracelet fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp

Pricing and availability: 50-piece limited edition, 120,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $127,000 USD)

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