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Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati (GranSport and GranLusso)

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

Italian powerhouses Bulgari and Maserati are by no means strangers, first teaming up in 2012 with the Bulgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati and then again in 2014 for the Octo Velocissimo Chronograph.

Now they are collaborating once more to reveal two new extremely exclusive watches – the Octo Retro Maserati GranSport and GranLusso. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 alongside the new GranTurismo or GranCabrio, you’ll have to meet certain criteria to get your hands on them. Firstly, they will only be available at Bulgari Boutiques and secondly, they are reserved exclusively for Maserati owners. So, it’s official, we have reached peak limited edition.

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

Unlike Bulgari and Maserati’s previous watch collaborations, the new Octo Retro’s are “time-only” watches that feature a jumping digital hour and retrograde minute display, putting clarity first as well as playing on the design of RPM instruments. While their previous collaborations have been less obvious regarding the Maserati association, the Gransport & GranLusso wears the Maserati trident proudly below the hour display.

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

The GranSport, which is reserved for the first 30 clients who purchase the new Maserati GranTurismo or GranCabrio, has a sporty black DLC coated dial that’s been paired with blue accents on the hands, upper minute limits and hour display. The strap continues the racy vibe with its perforated leather and blue stitching highlights.

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

The GranLusso, the more elegant and expensive of the two, comes with a pink gold case and a brown perforated leather strap. 41mm wide and water-resistant to 100m, they’re both powered by the in-house BVL 262 automatic movement, a modified BVL 191 calibre, which has a power reserve of 42 hours and a beat frequency of 4Hz. The thin Geneva stripes and polished bevels on the movement are all visible through a tinted sapphire crystal display which is imprinted with the Maserati logo.

Bulgari x Maserati Octo Retro

The black DLC-coated steel GranSport (ref. 102717) is priced at CHF 11,900. The 18kt pink gold GranLusso (ref. 102906) is priced at CHF 28,900; maserati.com; bulgari.com

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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