Back in 2017 Bulgari unveiled a very unique model to their “Octo” collection. It still kept the circle framed by an octagon aesthetic originally crafted by Gérald Genta, but other than that it is quite a departure towards the future. Featuring a tourbillon, flashy colors and a 3D architecture.
The 44mm octagon case is available made out of either: 18k rose gold or black DLC titanium both with a sapphire crystal exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. This is a sandwich case with a sapphire caseband in the middle of two layers of DLC-coated black titanium. The caseband features green luminous cylinders that match the hour index markers and central hand tips.
Mounted to the case is still a circular bezel on an octagonal case, but due to the “sandwich” layered casing, this watch does end up looking quite different form the standard “Bulgari Octo” model. Equipped with a setting crown and protruding lugs that rectangular and edged on the corners. Topped by a sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating (just like the case back crystal), which assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a skeletonized open-worked dial with long green hour index markers cutting thru, which are actually the movement’s caliber bridges and four exposed screws at the: 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock positions. We can see multiple gears grinding away time, especially on the upper half portion of the dial. The arrowhead tipped central hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. Last but not least there is a flying tourbillon complication in motion at the 6 o’clock position.
These exposed bridges that double as the hour index markers have been enhanced by a green luminescent Superluminova coating and ITR2. This innovate material designated as ITR2 is an acronym for: “Innovative, Technical, Revolutionary Resin” which consists of a unique composite material with carbon nanotube particles and properties similar to metal. These carbon nanotubes can create an extremely black surface by absorbing almost any light it catches, just as seen before on the “Panerai Lab-ID Luminor Carbotech” we formerly reviewed here.
It’s truly impressive to see the flying tourbillon make a full rotation. Since its regulator is cantilevered being secured only to the plate with no upper bridge, which allows for an unimpeded view of the captivating bullet. At first glance it seems as if the watch is defying gravity, till a close inspection starts to set it in an intelligible perspective.
Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire
The “Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BLV206 with 20 jewels and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 64 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch os a black rubberized alligator strap with exposed stitching, secured to the wrist by a titanium folding clasp.
MSRP: 65,000 CHF
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