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Bulgari Expand Octo Finissimo Collection in Celebration of the Series’ 10th Anniversary

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Rose Gold 1

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the world record breaking Octo Finissimo collection, Bulgari have expanded two of the Finissimo models with new variations in gold, joining previous gold editions such as the Minute Repeater. The precious metals of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo gold collection suits the ultra-thin designs impeccably well, enhancing their luxe aesthetic.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic Ref. 103468

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Rose Gold Chronograph (2)

The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT only debuted a few years ago, breaking records in 2019 for its 3.3mm thickness. However, while it’s relatively young, it’s already a staple in the Octo range well deserving of a new edition.

In brushed rose gold it has the same proportions that made it a record breaker (a record it still holds), maintaining its best qualities. However, the new gold design makes it shine gloriously in comparison to the relatively dull tone of the titanium original. It also features an updated dial in brown lacquer, which is tone matched to the brown alligator leather strap.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Rose Gold Chronograph Portrait 2

Price & Specs

  • Model: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic|
  • Ref: 103468|
  • Case/dial: 43mm diameter x 8.75mm thickness, 18k rose gold case, transparent caseback, brown lacquered sunray dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: BVL calibre 318, automatic, 37 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 55h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph|
  • Strap: Brown alligator strap with 18k rose gold pin buckle|
  • Price/availability: TBC

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Ref. 103637 / Ref. 103717 Limited Edition

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Close Up

Rose gold is one of the most elegant gold alloys that sees regular use in watchmaking. The rich, piny-red tone is bright enough to draw the eye but isn’t so brilliant as to be distracting or gaudy. It’s the perfect material for a refined variation of the Octo Finissimo Automatic.

The Automatic was the third of Bulgari’s record breaking watches, originally launching in 2017. It introduced many innovations such as a new winding system, closed barrel and restructure escapement. The movement is called the BVL Calibre 138. Like the Chronograph above it has a brown lacquer dial, although it’s presented on an integrated gold bracelet instead of an alligator strap.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Rose Gold
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic

Lastly there’s a limited edition yellow gold version of the Octo Finissimo Automatic, which is stylistically the same as the rose gold edition but made from a different alloy. It’s also the first time an Octo Finissimo case has featured multiple styles of finishing, both matte and polished, to provide a contrasty design.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic Caseback

As for availability there are only 50 pieces produced in yellow gold. Although they’re even more exclusive than that might make them seem, since all 50 are only being sold in America to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Bulgari boutique in the USA.

Price & Specs

  • Model: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic and Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT|
  • Ref: 103637 (Rose Gold), 103717 (Yellow Gold – Limited Edition)|
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 6.40mm thickness, 18k rose or yellow gold case, brown lacquered sunray dial, transparent caseback|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: BVL calibre 138, automatic, 31 jewels|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 60h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds|
  • Strap: Satin-polished 18k rose or yellow gold bracelet with 3-blade folding buckle|
  • Price/availability: £29,700 (Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT), £36,900 (Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Rose Gold) Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Yellow Gold edition limited to 50 pieces and available exclusively in the United States

More details at Bulgari.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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