Bulgari launched its Octo Finissimo collection in 2012, and ten years later, there’s little doubt about the already iconic status of the Octo Finissimo in modern watchmaking. The collection is full of complicated record-holding timepieces, and it is an excellent platform for horological wonders and collaboration. The watches made in cooperation with the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Tadao Ando are impressive enough, with their zen tranquillity and expression of infinity. The laser engraved Octo Finissimo Tattoo Aria turned this Octo Finissimo ultra-limited edition of ten pieces into a super-hot item, with ten watches sold within two hours. The Tattoo Aria was the first in the series, themed on the natural element of air rendered in clouds. Now please welcome opus number two, guided by tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta’s hand and only available at Chronopassion Paris, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua, with a powerful representation of the mighty ocean waves.
In this extra-thin Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua, the dial, the sandblasted titanium 40mm case and the integrated ultra-thin bracelet with a concealed folding clasp are laser-engraved with the elaborate tattoo motif, and only the bezel was spared. A customised transparent caseback provides a perfect view of the extra-thin (only 2.23 mm) mechanical self-winding movement BVL 138, with a platinum micro-rotor. This Finissimo calibre is decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes, chamfering, and circular-graining finishes. It provides 60 hours of power reserve and operates at 21,600 vibrations/hour. The watch is only 5,15 mm thick (like the classic version) and water resistant to 30 metres.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua is the result of the creativity of three men, passionate about watchmaking and design: Laurent Picciotto, founder and owner of Chronopassion in Paris, Mo Coppoletta, legendary tattoo artist, art director and designer, and Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Product Creation Executive Director at Bulgari Watches. Here’s what Stigliani says about this new edition: “The tattoo concept in this new model is used as a graphic element, which runs through the entire surface of the watch. This time, the curves and aquatic movements are in contrast with the rigidity of the design of the case and the bracelet creating an unexpected dynamism.”
This opus and its predecessor are certainly not the first examples of watch cases and bracelets engraved with a tattoo motif. However, with the Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua, the decoration is truly as close to the skin as it can be, “an extension of the wearer’s wrist,” according to Mo Coppoletta.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tattoo Acqua comes as a limited series, with only 30 pieces exclusively available at Chronopassion in Paris. The price is EUR 26,000 (incl. taxes). For more details, please visit www.bulgari.com and www.chronopassion.fr.