Over the years, Bulgari has released various iterations of the Octo Finissimo Automatic, showcasing the brand’s willingness to experiment with diverse materials and textures. Each subsequent model breathed new life into its appearance, unveiling a captivating and distinct aesthetic. The brand also improved the Octo Finissimo Automatic series, notably increasing water resistance from the inaugural 30m to a commendable 100m. New to the series is this bold and luxurious new edition, a yellow gold and blue dial version of the ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Automatic.
In 2017, Bulgari achieved its third record in ultra-thin watchmaking with the Octo Finissimo Automatic, measuring a mere 5.15mm thick. This accomplishment followed the 2014 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon and the 2016 Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater. Despite these earlier achievements, the more accessible Octo Finissimo Automatic played a crucial role in solidifying the iconic status of the series. This watch, which started its life with a 30m water resistance, is now in its second generation with a stronger case, making it far more versatile on a daily basis despite the additional thickness of the case. Achieving this improvement involved using a thicker sapphire crystal, resulting in a slightly thicker watch at 6.4mm, and the use of a screw-down crown.
Let’s turn our attention to the new Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic. It is still 40mm in diameter and 45mm in length, but it has a stronger 100m water-resistant case. This watch truly stands out with the distinct 58-faceted yellow gold case and bracelet that gives this Octo Finissimo a unique wrist presence, exuding modernity, style, and a sense of luxurious fun. The Octo Finissimo’s flat caseback ensures an even and comfortable fit on the wrist, while wide lugs establish a broad and balanced connection point between the case and bracelet.
The gorgeous blue lacquered dial with a sunburst finish, adorned with gilded hands and hour indices, enhances the watch’s elegance. The minimalist, elegant dial is offset with Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 and elongated baton-shaped indices, which Bulgari introduced in 1977. The running seconds sub-dial is positioned at 7 o’clock, and with no date window, the dial maintains a clean and refined appearance, complemented by the golden logo above the centre.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic reference 103812 houses the automatic in-house BVL138 movement. This finely crafted calibre, measuring a mere 2.23mm in height and 36.6mm in diameter, is wound by a micro-rotor crafted from solid platinum for optimal winding efficiency and boasts a remarkable power reserve of up to 60 hours. The intricacies of this movement are on display through the sapphire caseback, where Geneva stripes, circular graining, polished bevels, and an almost entirely monochromatic aesthetic captivate the observer.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic’s luxurious experience extends to its comfortable yellow gold bracelet, seamlessly closed with a triple-blade folding clasp. This opulent timepiece is priced at EUR 49,200. For more details, visit www.bulgari.com.