New models to the Octo collection are being released by Bulgari, for 2018. They are simple in design and faithful to the aesthetics they were first introduced with, hence their moniker “L’Originale”. Some have been given further complications, but today we’ll focus on the “Bulgaria Octo L’Origianle Solotempo”.
Last year Bulgari unveiled a record-breaking ultra-thin model, dubbed “Octo Finissimo Automatic”. It was crafted with a thickness of merely 5.15mm, which was an impressive feat. Composed in a 40mm casing crafted with sand-blasted titanium, gleaming forth smooth angles and precise curves. But, for most aficionados of this Bulgaria model it came with quite a hefty price tag, despite its physical stature.
Still, it was more accessible than their more complicated Baselworld 2016 debut of the “Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultranero Tourbillon”. But, although even more expensive, with that caveat aside. This timepiece was quite a horology accomplishment, which led the brand to craft the thinnest tourbillon movement at 1.95mm, in order to fit the thinnest case. More details and images of this accomplishment can be seen and read here, among other Baselworld pieces.
Originally released in 2012 the “Octo” model by Bulgari was perceived as a refreshing take on the standard round or square watch design. Since then it has been given many varied themes and complications, in a relatively short time-span, as it swiftly seeped itself onto many horology aficionados “want-lists”. Another iteration we took a closer look at this year was the partnership issued pair of “Bulgaria Octo Maserati GranSport & GranLusso”. These pieces were inspired by the rev counters on the recent Maserati dashboard. A closer look and more detail characteristics can be had on our review here.
The 41mm case is made of titanium with an exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the inner mechanical movement. This chamfered and snailed movement is also decorated with a Côtes de Genève motif. The use of titanium provides a 40% lower density than the use of steel, besides its enhanced resistance to: mechanical stress, fire and corrosion. Offering an impressively light and comfortable feeling on the user’s wrist.
It never seizes to amaze how the overall simple design of this case manages to be so captivating. This trademark multi-layer octagonal case with 110 facets, exudes a subtle craftsmanship that offers an undeniable appeal. For it accomplishes to pull off an air of simplicity, while bearing nuanced contours. Even its setting-crown feels sculpted, as opposed to being a machined component. All topped by a sapphire crystal, which also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a titanium dial with applied hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. Bulgari has opted to permeate this watch with one solid aesthetic all around and the end result furthers its appeal. Adding the slightly contrasting grey numerals and hour index markers, enhancing legibility with a minor color scheme tweak. The central dagger-style hands are also made out of titanium and have a hollow center. There is also a distinct black-wheel date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Bulgari Octo L’Originale Solotempo
This “Bulgari Octo L’Originale Solotempo” (Ref#: 102858) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BVL 191 Solotempo with 26 jewels, 1919 components and a 28,800 Vph.
Equipped with a ceramic ball bearing for the bi-directional winding rotor. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
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Mounted to the watch is an integrated black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a titanium folding clasp. For more up to date information visit the official Bulgari website here.
MSRP: 6.950.00 EUROS
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