Very recently, the arrival of Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo watches hewn from “grade five” titanium have caught the eye of the watch collector today. Is it simply because of their svelte profile or smooth skin-like feeling on the wrist with its integral strap. Maybe it is the tension created by the slightly ajar positioning of the octagon within the circle dial within bezel design?
This is not to mention the squadron of watch geeks that would surely be attracted to look upon such a thin watch with a 65 hour power reserve, ultra light design, bringing Roman design to Swiss mechanics in a way few could even attempt.
However, how might one pick this superbly proportioned watch and be sure not to be lost in a sea of like-minded design aficionados who have also clued into Bulgari’s next-great-thing having spared no loss of time on advertisements and smart media placements. Looking at it sideways, that 5.15mm of thickness cuts through the air with the sexiness of a Lamborgini, yet if it only could be yours, and only yours. No pulling up along side your clone, dangling that same 5mm out the window. Maybe you could spring for the minute repeater version? Alas, that plan would set your Lambo acquistion plans back a mighty time period…so the search continues…make this watch MINE! It seems to echo and bounce of the octagon corners.
Short of the commission of a piece-unique, or ordering the minute repeater and all the encumbrances implicit to that , one might look to the special edition watch released by the stylish and timely Revolution magazine.
They took the stealthy nature of this watch and went all the way with it. The petite seconds sub dial and the roman numeral hour markets are cut completely through the dial…conjuring thoughts of stripping fast vehicles of weight, even the light variety, until there is nothing left but driver and engine. Even the masthead is well hidden on the rear over the power reserve lever, seeming natural with its one pointed star in the center. Finally all this machinery is belted in with a heavily vulcanized alligator strap and a DLC treated ardillion buckle.
Case: 40mm sand blasted grade 5 titanium, 5.15mm thick.
Dial: partial skeleton dial, titanium.
Movement: BVL128, with small seconds, hyper thin 2.23mm.
Power Reserve: 65 hours.
Strap: vulcanized alligator strap, integrated with DLC ardillion (tang) buckle.