It’s time for a raft of new Bulgari releases and for once the clutch of pieces doesn’t include some record-breaking, ultra-slim masterpiece. Well, it’s only been a few months since the last one, give them a break. Instead we have one of the sportiest Octo to date: the Finissimo S Chronograph GMT 103467.
The watch itself isn’t all new. The Octo Finissimo S Chronograph was previously available in titanium back in 2019, when it was the thinnest mechanical chronograph in the world. Now it’s been made a little weightier – and accessible – in satin-finished steel, and it’s lovely.
It’s a little larger, too, coming in at 43mm across and 8.75mm thin (up from 42mm and 6.9mm respectively), but it’s by no means gargantuan. It’s still incredibly thin, chronograph or no and worth the upsizing as it means that the depth resistance has increased, too, up to 100m, leaning into its sporty vibes. As, in fact, does the dial.
We’re used to seeing the Finissimo opt for monochromatic, minimal colourways, generally some kind of brushed metal colouring. That’s all well and good and gives the broad, faceted watch a distinct industrial elegance. Here though, the new watch is defined by the royal blue of its reverse panda dial.
The combination of sunray blue and silvered subdials is shorthand for sporty, racing-inspired style which suits the slightly larger proportions of the new watch perfectly.
Inside is the same BVL 318 calibre that powered the first record-breaking watch. At 3.3mm thick it’s miniscule, yet still handles a 30-minute chronograph and a 24-hour GMT display with a solid 55-hour power reserve. There’s obviously no point changing a winning formula, and the BVL 318 is a winner in many, many ways.
With the same haute horology as the record-breaker yet with a more wearable, casual colourway and sportier feel and dimensions, the Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT is, quite possibly, my favourite Bulgari to date. I’m a sucker for Panda dials – either way round – and I’ve always wanted a more down-to-earth Octo Finissimo. It seems like this is it.
That is, if I can stump up the £13,800.
Price & Specs:
Model: Bulgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT
Case/Dial: 43mm diameter x 8.75 mm height, extra-thin satin-polished steel case
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre BVL 318, skeletonised, automatic, 37 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, GMT function, chronograph with 30-minute counter
Strap: Integrated vertical brushed steel bracelet
More details at Bulgari.