There is a lot to like about Bvlgari’s Octo Finissimo and while it perhaps took us a moment or two to really appreciate what they were doing it appears that they’ve been breaking the rules for quite some time. The Octo Finissimo was a breath of fresh air when it was first introduced in 2014 and has since continued to push the envelope when it comes to style and record-setting thin complications with each new edition.
The thinness of the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT is massively owed to the calibre BVL 318, first introduced in 2019 and was, and I believe still is, the world’s thinnest chronograph movement. The calibre BVL 318 measures a mere 3.3mm in thickness and this a seriously thin but I think when you also realise it has a GMT function, then the penny drops. The calibre BVL 318 is quite something to look at but what is instantly noticeable is Bvlgari have made use of the solid platinum peripheral rotor. The horizontal layout of the components has afforded Bvlgari the luxury of an extremely thin but also very beautiful at the same time.
The only drawback to this is that they of course had to increase the diameter of the movement, which has a knock-on-effect on the case. The BVL 318 is endowed with 55-hours of power reserve and the GMT function is operated by pushing the push-piece set into the case at 9 o’clock, allowing the wearer to quickly change time zones on the move.
The Octo Finissimo Chronograph is very well-known for its genius design structure, where practicality and complexity are harmoniously blended together. The titanium case is 42mm in diameter and 6.9mm thick, which allows for 30 metres of waterproofness. The dial has been given a rather interesting but highly noticeable finish: featuring a matte black dial with grey markers and indications – enhancing its monochromatic characteristics.
It sports sapphire crystals front and back, but what is quite abundantly obvious is that the case was designed in such a way that incorporates traditional appeal of ultra-thin watchmaking and at the same time wider audience – it’s a stroke of genius. Unlike the monochromatic piece that was introduced a couple of years ago, this new piece comes on a rather cool integrated rubber strap, which is a first for the model and perhaps lends even more to its lightness.
This new take on the Chronograph GMT that was introduced in 2019 will no doubt do well, the use of a rubber strap will ensure the Octo Finissimo will feel as light as a feather on the wrist. However, for those of you who like the tangible feel of a watch on the wrist, this might perhaps irk you – it may even feel non-existent. The allure of Octo Finissimo Chronograph is attributed to its combination of shapes. The simple but yet elegant design of the dial, the seriously thin profile and its beautiful execution in a titanium case with a rubber strap, is in keeping with the flair and style Bvlgari are known for.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronngraph GMT on a rubber strap, when available will retail for £13,800. For more information, visit bvlgari.com