LVMH Watch Week featured Bvlgari’s debut of the Octo Finissimo in 18ct yellow gold for 2024, marking the first time the brand has released this version since its inception in 2017. Bvlgari, renowned for its fine jewellery craftsmanship, has also established itself as a top-tier watchmaker. Previously known for other watch styles, the brand transitioned with the introduction of the ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium in 2017, setting a world record for thin watches. In 2018, they released the same model in steel, and recently announced the newest addition in yellow gold.
The Octo Finissimo’s slim profile is attributed to the BVL 138 Finissimo calibre, unveiled in 2017 as the world’s thinnest self-winding movement at 2.23mm. In contrast to AP’s calibre 2120, the world’s thinnest full-rotor automatic movement, Bvlgari’s calibre utilizes a micro-rotor, providing a more aesthetically pleasing view of the movement through the exhibition case back, in my humble opinion.
The Octo Finissimo boasts a captivating satin brushed 18-carat yellow-gold case, renowned for its ingenious design with sharp lines and a round radial brushed bezel. Measuring 40mm in diameter and 6.4mm thick, it achieves an enhanced 100 meters of waterproofness. The standout feature is the deep blue sunburst dial, creating a striking contrast with the yellow-gold case.
The yellow-gold Octo Finissimo features sapphire crystals on both sides, with a case cleverly designed to blend traditional ultra-thin watchmaking appeal with a broader audience, showcasing a stroke of genius. The integrated triple-blade folding clasp bracelet, not only unique but skilfully executed, complements the octagon shape of the watch head.
Bvlgari’s latest addition maintains the Octo Finissimo’s freshness and expands its line-up. The unique yet organic design is a key factor in the Octo Finissimo’s appeal. The Automatic model’s charm lies in its combination of shapes, a simple yet elegant dial, an impressively thin profile, and a satin brushed case with an integrated 18-carat yellow-gold bracelet – it is a much-welcomed addition.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic in Satin Polished 18-Carat Yellow-Gold, when available will retail for £42,000. For more information, visit bvlgari.com