To celebrate its exclusive partnership with the luxury Italian vehicle manufacturer Maserati, Bulgari which is also a luxury Italian brand has released two new special edition timepieces. Introducing the: Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso models.
It was at this year’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, in Germany, that these luxury Italian brands decided to unveil the new timepieces, alongside the new Maserati automobiles. This isn’t the first collaboration between these brands, but one of the main distinctions between this new model and previous editions is in the unusual dial design.
Its design was inspired by the rev counters found on the recent Maserati dashboard. These Maserati themed timepieces have also been officially added to Bulgari’s flagship Octo collection. We’ve reviewed previous Octo models during our coverage of Baselworld 2016 here.
Both these models are in the iconic Bulgari Octo case, crafted in a bold intersection of circle and squares forming an octagon, tracing time in perfect geometry. The sizing was set at 41.5mm, although the “GranSport” case is made of black DLC-treated stainless steel; while the “GranLusso” comes in an 18k pink gold casing.
Besides the prime material for each of these timepieces, all the other elements match up. Both have a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the movement and a crown set with ceramic on the right-side of the case. Water-resistance on these watches can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on an anthracite dial for the “GranLusso” model with 18k pink gold hour index markers and Arabic numerals; while the “GranSport” model is on a black dial with hand-applied stainless-steel hour index markers and Arabic numerals. These materials, numerals, fonts and colors have all been designed following the Maserati style codes.
Aligned to the right-side of the case with the crown (where the 3 o’clock position would be on a standard watch) is what appears to be a date aperture, but is actually the hour aperture. So this watch relies on one central hand and only provides hour and minute indications, without any seconds count down in sight. Underneath the hour aperture we encounter the emblematic Maserati trident logo, engraved to the dial.
Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso
Both the “Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso” (References below) are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BVL 262 with 33 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on these timepieces can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
The movement is finely decorated with a Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing. Finally the “GranSport” is mounted to an integrated black leather strap with exposed blue stitching and secured to the wrist by a black DLC-treated stainless steel deployant buckle; while the “GranLusso” is mounted to an integrated brown leather strap with matching exposed stitching and secured to the wrist by an 18k pink gold deployant buckle.
GranSport MSRP: $12,800.00 USD – (Ref#: 102717 BGO41C3SLR/MAS)
GranLusso MSRP: $30,700.00 USD – (Ref#: 102906 BGOP41BGLR/MAS)
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