THE SEVENTH WORLD RECORD, ONCE AGAIN PUSHES THE
LIMITS OF CONTEMPORARY HAUTE HORLOGERIE
2014 – 2021: seven years, nearly 60 international awards and a seventh world record for Bvlgari with the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar for Bvlgari.
Octo Finissimo has definitely made its mark on the Haute Horlogerie landscape in a very short space of time. After exploring ultra-miniaturisation in the fields of the automatic movement as well as the minute repeater, chronograph and tourbillon, Bvlgari presents Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar, the slimmest in the world. This new record is available in two variations: the “signature” titanium like all Bvlgari’s World Record, and a platinum version.
Once again this development redefines the limits of contemporary fine watchmaking, a dynamic that began in 2014 and involved rewriting the heritage conventions of traditional watchmaking year after year based on modern codes. A successful exercise: Octo Finissimo has set a trend and reinvented high-flying contemporary watchmaking by bringing it that touch so brilliantly mastered by the Italian House of Bvlgari: L’Estetica della Meccanica, or the art of in-depth innovation with regard to both form and substance. Aesthetics are inseparable from functionality when it comes to reinterpreting a sophisticated classic horological complication in a resolutely contemporary manner.
The outcome? No less than 408 components interacting within the extremely limited space provided by the slender 5.80 mm case of the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. The development of the 2.75 mm calibre required the movement design engineers of the Manufacture in Le Sentier to devise new solutions, such as the use of a micro-rotor and the optimal use of the space between the components without reducing their dimensions. Testifying to true genius in the realm of miniaturisation, this development powers the hours and minutes hands along with all the perpetual calendar functions: retrograde-display date, day, month and retrograde-display leap years. They are adjusted by means of three correctors: one for the date at 2 pm, another for the month at 4 pm and a third for the day between 8 and 9 o’clock.
This horological complication is imbued with a sense of magic. The perpetual calendar symbolises mankind’s relationship with time, the fluid concept that gives rhythm to existence and to all human activities and which has never been entirely tamed.
This complication is the most accomplished in this respect and the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendars offers a talented reinterpretation by merging watchmaking excellence and Italian aesthetic sensitivity. Two versions are available, in titanium or platinum. Their owner will be able to read the time without worrying about having to adjust the indications before February 2100, a leap year that will require the adjustment of the functions by… his or her descendants.
Having made its mark on the turn of the century as one of the most contemporary models, Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar looks even further ahead, already propelling us towards the XXIInd century.
OCTO FINISSIMO WORLD RECORD SAGA
OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON MANUAL
Featuring the thinnest hand-wound flying tourbillon movement in the world, BVL 268 caliber, only 1.95 mm thick, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Manual in platinum immediately becomes a major and innovative player in the field of watchmaking.
OCTO FINISSIMO MINUTE REPEATER
Bvlgari unveils the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in a titanium case, featuring the ultra-thin 3.12 mm BVL 362 movement. A bold design, featuring cut-out dial markers that enables the sound to pass through from the back of the movement, thus amplifying the volume of the chimes.
OCTO FINISSIMO AUTOMATIC
Bvlgari presents its third world record, the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market, featuring a total thickness of just 5.15 mm and its self-winding BVL 138 caliber of just 2.23 mm thick for a 40mm diameter.
OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC
Bvlgari introduces a new breakthrough on the front of extreme slenderness. At just 3.95 mm thick, Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic claims a new watch industry record for the fourth time. An automatic version of the tourbillon caliber, the BVL 288, introduces a bold new design for Bvlgari – a peripheral winding rotor, allowing one to view the movement in its entirety with the benefit of automatic winding.
OCTO FINISSIMO CHRONOGRAPH GMT AUTOMATIC
With its manufactured integrated movement that displays the classical chronograph functions, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is the thinnest ever mechanical Chronograph in watchmaking history. The watch features a modern horizontally coupled, column wheel controlled chronograph with peripheral winding and a second time zone function, all within the 3.30 mm thin movement, caliber BVL 318.
OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH SKELETON AUTOMATIC
The new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Automatic movement, at just 3.50 mm thick, claims a new watch industry record for the sixth time. The watch features Bvlgari’s record breaking chronograph, now in a two-counter display, as well as a tourbillon at six o’clock. The dial is skeletonised to fully show the complexity of the BVL 388 caliber from the front.
OCTO FINISSIMO PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Bvlgari presents its seventh world record, the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar, the slimmest perpetual calendar watch on the market, featuring a total thickness of just 5.80 mm and its automatic BVL 305 caliber of just 2.75 mm thick for a 40mm diameter.