Concierge Price: $230,178
Bulgari Tourbillon Carbone 42mm: Where Genius Meets Style
Whether in Singapore, Rome, Geneva or Basel, the latter the host city to the BaselWorld watchmaking expo, recent years have seen an arms race in the production of the thinnest possible automatic and tourbillon watches, forgoing the chunky products from firms such as TAG Heuer, with ultra-thin watches from Piaget and Bulgari Watch dominating the competition. Bulgari has shown, with models such as the Bvlgari (ie, Bulgari) Octo Finissimo Automatic at 5.15mm thin, and the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, with a 3.95mm thin titanium case Octo shaped watch, that is the equal of any other manufacturer when it comes to making up to the minute, ultra-thin watches where the case, mechanical movement, dial and hours, minutes and seconds hands are amongst the thinnest watches ever sold. The next logical step for the Bulgari Maison was, of course, to consider not only producing the thinnest of watches, but also the lightest, and hence Bulgari movement into offering models forgoing a traditional rose gold or stainless steel case, instead focusing on the use of carbon fibre with models such as the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater and the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic watches, marking a new direction in the production of ultra-thin, ultra lightweight automatic from the brand.
The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, with 42mm case in Carbon Fiber (Carbone in the original Italian), shares the same ‘Octo’ design as a whole series of watches from the Rome, Italy based Maison Bvlgari. Emulating the Roman Massentius Basilica of 310 AD and the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, the Octo form, short for octagonal, has become a distinguishing feature of automatic watch design from the Bulgari brand and their Finissimo models of an automatic watch in particular in recent years. As you would expect, the limited edition Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone Automatic watch, with its 42mm case, continues this theme, but offers this in ultra-modern form, with a super thin, if not one of the thinnest, fully automatic watch that includes an ultra-thin flying tourbillon addition to the movement that utilizes a special ball bearing system (the BVL 288 ultra-thin calibre/ calibre), in a skeletonized black, finished watch and dial complete with ultra thin 42mm carbon case, with carbon bracelet. The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone Automatic, with 42mm case in Carbon Fiber, truly is a watch that moves watchmaking to another level, a far cry from the Tag Heuer Carrera or Monaco, automatic mechanical winding movement watches with cases in stainless steel, gold or even titanium. Just like the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater from Bulgari Watch Rome, the 42 Carbon Fiber Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone mechanical winding automatic is simply on a different level.
In reality, the limited edition Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, with 42mm case in Carbon Fiber offers everything you would expect an ultra-thin, limited edition, mechanical winding movement, skeletonized tourbillon watch from a Maison which uses Switzerland based movement design and manufacture to be, except here, it is an ultra thin, ultra lightweight, ‘carbone’, or carbon fibre form, weighing just 48 grams, and as such, the thinnest automatic mechanical winding carbon watch from any brand, tourbillon or not. The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, with 42mm case in Carbon Fiber, is based around a 1.95mm thick movement, complete with a flying minute tourbillon with a peripheral rotor. The skeletonized movement of the limited edition Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, with 42mm case in Carbon Fiber, is rendered completely visible through Bulgari’s use of a sapphire crystal for both the carbon fiber dial side case front and case back.
The overall design aesthetic, including the case, movement and hours minute and small seconds hand is highly individual, the matt black finish of the multilayer Carbon CTP (carbon thin ply) of the case and watch strap of the Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is continued onto the detailed finished of the flying tourbillon BVL 288 caliber skeleton movement itself, with a hi-tech black finish also. In short, just as with the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater from Bulgari Watch Rome, the 42 Carbon Fiber Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone mechanical winding automatic combines all those qualities in which the Maison of Bulgari excels, and combines them into an incredibly lightweight, 48 gram watch with novel use of new materials, producing the worlds thinnest self winding tourbillon automatic watch, with a stunning all carbon fiber case and contrasting silver movement, rhodium plated steel hands and other details, and a fantastic 52 hours power reserve. In actual fact, the 52-hour power reserve is probably one of the most traditional details of the latest watches from Bulgari such as the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater and the 42 Carbon Fiber Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone mechanical winding automatic.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater from Bulgari Watch Rome and the 42 Carbon Fiber Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone mechanical winding automatic, two of the thinnest ever automatic and tourbillon limited edition watches ever, are destined to be as popular in the U.S. as in Singapore, Geneva or Rome, such is their outstanding quality. The Maison based in via Condotti, Rome, Bulgari Watches has genuinely excelled with this timepiece, and it is true to say that every detail is worthy of praise and that seeing the Bulgari pictures probably do not do either the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater from Bulgari Watch Rome or the 42 Carbon Fiber Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbone mechanical winding automatic watch justice, it really has to be seen to be appreciated, from the carbon case, sapphire crystal front and back to the exquisite in house skeleton caliber movement with flying tourbillon complication, and which, just like Heuer did, connected with modular design ideas to produce an all-time classic.
Octo Finissimo flying Tourbillon Automatic watch,BVL 288 caliber and 42 mm ultra-thin carbon case.
This watch is the thinnest in the world with a movement of 1.95 mm thickness.
52 hours of power reserve.
Aluminum and gray gold peripheral oscillating weight mounted on a ball bearing system.
Openwork dial. Carbon bracelet with folding clasp.
The total weight of the watch is 48 grams combining finesse and lightness.
Limited edition of 50 pcs
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