Apparently, if you get hit in the head enough, you become a world-renowned architect, or at least that’s what the career progression of Tadao Ando would suggest. The ex-boxer behind the design of Shibuya station has a penchant for beautiful, flowing lines that few do. It’s an eye for form that has helped create some of the finest limited-edition additions to the Bulgari Octo Finissimo line we’ve ever seen and, in the latest, has really outdone himself.
The latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando limited edition has at its core the concept of Mikazuki, a word for the transitory crescent moon, on its way to waxing full. As you can probably expect, there are a lot of themes attached to Mikazuki – the nature of time, prosperity for the future, enough to keep any watchmaker stuffed full of motifs.
What it means in actuality is a brighter, more striking approach to the architect’s signature spiralling watch dial. Previous versions have lent heavily on monochrome to emphasise the shape of the spiralled dial, but here it’s instead lacquered the deep blue of the night sky. The 40mm, Genta-designed ceramic case is still very much black though, while makes the blue pop more than the collection’s usual titanium would have.
The star of the show is the moon (there’s an astronomical joke for you), which is a bright gold set at 5 o’clock. It’s a sliver of precious metal but with the dark background is unmissable. Compared to previous versions this is more minimal in terms of watchmaking – the micro-rotor equipped Calibre BVL 138 is a time-only affair – the ever-so-slightly more colourful approach is a welcome one.
You can see that movement – it’s ultra-thin so honestly there’s not a huge amount to see – through the sapphire caseback, laser-engraved with Tadao Ando’s signature. Set on a full ceramic bracelet to match the case, it’s an incredibly cool piece and thankfully a touch less limited than the pair’s previous collaborations at 160 pieces.
It does just beg the question: could Mike Tyson be the next great architect?
Price & Specs:
Model: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 5.5mm height, black sandblasted ceramic case, blue lacquered dial with special pattern and yellow gold moon
Movement: In-house ultra-thin Calibre BVL 138, automatic, 31 jewels
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Strap: Black ceramic bracelet
Price/Availability: $18,100 USD, limited to 160 pieces
More details at Bulgari.