Bulgari Unveils New Gold Octo Finissimo Models at Geneva Watch Days – Robb Report
The watch industry is back today for the inauguration of the Geneva Watch Days. The show, a gathering of 40 luxury brands in various hotels, workshops and boutiques in the city, as well as a pavilion at the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc, is open until September 1. It’s a rare opportunity for the public to witness pre-trade watch launches, including Bulgari‘s blockbuster launch of 10 new men’s watches today.
Four new pieces complete the famous ultra-thin Octo Finissimo collection to celebrate the line’s tenth anniversary. Four are in 18k gold with gold/brown dials, a sporty sartorial look that Bulgari rightly calls “subtly ostentatious.” There are three 18k rose gold models: Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, the world’s thinnest chronograph at 6.9mm thick ($35,800); the Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days, also ultra-thin at 5.95mm thick with a new openworked movement that sports anthracite PVD bridges ($37,300); and the Octo Finissimo Automatic, introduced last year with a sandblasted rose gold case and dial ($44,800). There is also a special yellow gold edition of the Automatic ($45,500). The new models demonstrate, once again, how variations in finish and color can totally change the look of a watch.
A single steel Octo Finissimo stands out in this sea of gold. The “Sejima” edition ($14,100) is a collaboration with Kazuyo Sejima, Japan’s star architect and 2010 Pritzker Prize winner. The 360-piece edition is made of steel with a mirror-effect dial set in value with a polka dot pattern that reflects Sejima’s signature aesthetic. The mirror finish is carried over to the highly polished case and bracelet, and the artist’s signature appears on the sapphire crystal case back. The ultra-cool model will no doubt be a collector’s darling, as have been previous iterations of the Octo Finissimo with Japanese architect Tadao Andao.
The more affordable Bulgari Bulgari collection makes an appearance among GWD’s debut with a black-on-black model of pure minimalist chic. The case and bracelet are in DLC-treated steel, matched with a black lacquered dial with white numerals and hands. The bezel is engraved with the model’s signature Bulgari logo. There are two versions: a 33mm with quartz movement ($3,750) and a 41mm with automatic caliber 191 ($5,100).
The black theme continues on three new aluminum parts, with the addition of colors that create sportier accents. Aluminum (the European spelling of aluminum) was first released in 1998 and dates back to when sports watches were everything and new materials were first combined in sports watches. luxury. The aluminum case and titanium back with DLC coating, as well as the rubber and aluminum strap, are faithful to the original design. There are three themed editions (limited to 1,000 each) that are color-coded according to their automotive inspiration. The red and black dial of the Ducati version takes up the colors of the famous Italian motorcycles. The Amerigo Vespucci edition wears the black, white and yellow gold colors of the legendary exploration vessel, and because its theme is travel and exploration, it has a GMT function for a second time zone. The third piece is another collaboration with the Japanese artist Sorayama, with a pearl silver dial inspired by the bodies of flying and driving machines from the 1930s and 1940s. The only visible number is 2, thus honoring the lucky number of the artist. It’s not as dreamy as the Octo Finissimo, but with the aluminum watches priced at $3,400 each, it’s definitely more affordable.