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The Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum
In the world of Bulgari Watches Rome collections of outstandingly innovative and complex ‘Haute Horlogerie’ timepieces, whether they are strictly a part of the Bulgari Watches Rome distinct Haute Horlogerie collection or not, one watch, the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum, is now firmly established as a watch with an established history, dating back to its launch as the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement watch, with the original Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum, stealing the title for the thinnest tourbillon movement previously held by Arnold & Son in the process, and subsequently offering the watch as the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, which as the name suggests, delights in a fully exposed ultra-thin automatic, ball bearing equipped, skeleton tourbillon movement, with similar black dial, crocodile leather strap, and a distinct absence of gold. And the case? The case is the classic octagonal case (hence Octo): a platinum case, featuring an updated design.
The road to Bulgari Watches Rome record winning run of success with what was the Octo Finissimo ‘trilogy’ of world record beating watches (in 2014, for the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement, with the ultra thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum; in 2016 for the world’s slimmest minute repeater with the ultra-thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater; and in 2017 for the skinniest automatic movement the world had ever seen with the ultra-thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Automatic), but which now, following Baselworld 2019, has been expanded to include the world’s skimpiest ever chronograph, with the ultra thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, has been a long and complicated one. The drive to achieve this record-breaking streak only really began after LVMH acquired a majority stake in Bvlgari, which some years earlier, had made the very wise decision of purchasing the Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth watchmaking brands, and the wealth of innovative design heritage that each was renowned for. The injection of Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth inspiration into Bvlgari Watches Rome was to eventually gel into a watchmaking brand that would rival Cartier for widespread acceptance, and a range of ultra-thin watches, in the form of the Bvlgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo collections, that fused Roman architecture, Swiss mechanical prowess and innovation with distinctly Italian design flair, a truly world-beating combination!
The Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum and its subsequent development into the open-worked Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton hold a special place as the first watch in the cycle of development for the brand based in Rome, Italy, which has deployed Swiss manufacturing excellence with such brutal effect. While the key features of the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum can be summarized in just a few words, as a bleeding edge development of the ultra-thin watch into the field of the grand complication, in this case with a manual winding mechanical Caliber (or calibre) BLV268 movement featuring a one minute flying tourbillon movement, housed in a 40mm platinum case, with transparent case back, black lacquered dial, alligator leather strap and platinum ardillon buckle, such a description give no real clue as to the level of innovation, engineering and design excellence that was required to produce this record beating watch. The truth is that even though subsequent developments by Bulgari Watch Rome, particularly with the ultra-thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Automatic, with its remarkable platinum micro-rotor system, and more recently the ultra-thin Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, have immunized aficionados of the ultra-thin watch to the level of excellence in ultra-thin watchmaking precision first epitomized in the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum back in 2014, it is well worth remembering, in any case, just how innovative this ultra-thin watch, and its skeleton version in the form of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton really are.
Both the Caliber BVL268 of the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum, and the Caliber BVL268SK of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton is a testament to the vision of Bulgari Watch CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and the successful leveraging of Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth inspiration from a technical invention into commercial reality. In this case, the result is a 1.95mm thick mechanical manual winding flying tourbillon movement, housed within an equally thin titanium case. The Caliber BVL268 and BVL268SK movements were only possible due to their extensive use of ‘flying’ gears, with only single sided support, and the widespread use of ball bearings throughout the respective movements, that for flying one minute tourbillon and tourbillon cage and mainspring barrel being neatly showcased courtesy of the transparent anti-reflective coated crystal sapphire case back. While in the original Caliber BVL268 of the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum, a good deal of the Caliber BVL268 was in fact hidden beneath the black dial face, the Bulgari Watches Rome Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton sought to overcome this, offering potential purchaser’s the joy of an incredible 3D (three dimensional) view of all the details of the BVL268SK Caliber movement from both the dial side and watch back, deleting the black dial and hours and minutes hands set against a backdrop of satin polished, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) and rhodium plated moving parts. Notwithstanding the one-minute flying tourbillon movement complication and extensive use of the sapphire crystal, the Caliber BVL268 Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum is still able to deliver an amazing 62-hour power reserve and water resistance down to 30 meters. Both the Caliber BVL268 Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum, and the Caliber BVL268SK Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton shun the use of gold in almost any form whatsoever, instead offering an aesthetic of satin polished Platinum, contrasting only with the black dial used in the former, and the black alligator leather strap common to both models. There’s also a full titanium version of the Octo Finissimo Skeleton. Indeed, Octo Finissimo was first launched in titanium. Bulgari then introduced steel as well as a rose gold version of the watch: not as light as the titanium version but not less striking than the titanium version.
In any case, bearing in mind the importance of both the Caliber BVL268 Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Platinum and the Caliber BVL268SK Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton as symbols of the resurgence of the Rome, Italy based brand and the success initiated by LVMH and Jean Christophe Babin with their hunger for world record breaking ultra thin watches, with astoundingly beautiful complications, particularly in the form of the one minute flying tourbillon movement, and the wider subsequent success of the Bulgari Watches Rome Octo Finissimo Ranges of watches, any connoisseur of ultra thin timepieces would be very wise to seek out and enjoy the pleasure of either of these remarkable watches.
Octo Finissimo watch with mechanical movement and extra-thin flying Tourbillon (1.95 mm), the world’s thinnest in its category. 52-hour power reserve. 40 mm platinum case (5.15 mm thick), transparent case back, platinum crown set with black ceramic, black lacquered dial, black alligator bracelet with platinum ardillon buckle. (102138)
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