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Introducing: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection

Luxury is all in the finishing. It’s the element that elevates a timepiece from simply well-made to true haute horology and makes more of a difference than you might think. Case in point, the latest pair of pieces from Bulgari, the Octo Finisssimo Automatic Satin Polished.

Previously the record-breaking automatic watch has only been available in a sandblasted case. It’s given the whole thing a cool, contemporary vibe, a little less luxurious but much more modern than your average pricey timepiece. Now Bulgari has developed the formula with gold and steel cases in a new satin-brushed finish.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection

The ingredients in the recipe are still very much the same, with that angular Gerald Genta case, but the new satin-polished case adds a whole new dimension. Not only is there a lovely contrast between the grained dial and the case, but between the various satin polished and brushed parts of the case itself.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Collection Strap Variations

The gold version is equipped with a black leather strap to match the dial, while the steel edition is on a seriously cool steel bracelet.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Caseback

Otherwise, the new Octo models are the same as the sandblasted versions. They’ve upped the water-resistance to a more practical 100m, but the ultra-thin automatic movement is the same, as are the 40mm wide, 5.25mm high dimensions. It’s a relatively small change, but the more options for the Octo Finissimo there are, the better.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished
Reference: 103297 (steel on bracelet), 103286 (gold on strap)
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 5.25mm height – ultra-thin case, polished and brushed in steel or in 18k rose gold
Water resistance: 100m
Movement: Calibre BVL138, in-house – ultra-thin automatic movement with micro-rotor
Power Reserve: 60h
(steel model) steel bracelet, satin-polished, folding clasp, (gold model) alligator strap with 18k rose gold pin buckle
Price: USD 12,000 (steel), USD 20,400 (gold)

More details at Bulgari’s website.

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Sam Kessler

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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