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For this year’s Baselworld 2016 the Italian brand Bvlgari unveiled some new versions of its “Octo Ultranero” watch, in its “very black” versions. This model line originally debuted in 2014, but has evolved into various editions. So, get ready to feast your eyes on this years: Octo Solotempo, Octo Velocissimo and Octo Finissimo Tourbillon.

Since the main focus seems to have been on the case design, the dial on theses Bulgari watches are pretty modest, with their overall “very black” colors that are livened up by the contrasting 18k pink gold hands, index markers and other elements, depending on the model.

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So, this case design is definitely the key feature of theses timepieces. The way it manages to mix and match all these angles and curves in both a balanced, yet unique way. Bvlgari is aiming for a certain legacy with this timepiece, in the realm of the “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak”, which curiously enough, was also designed by Gerald Genta. The Gerald Genta brand was acquired by Bvlgari a few years ago and this is just one of the fine design they’ve assimilated.

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The “Octo Solotempo” is the simplest version of this model line. It features the Arabic 12 and 6 numerals. And there is a date aperture located at the 3 o’clock position. White minute markers are also located between each five minute index marker interval. The logo is also printed in the center of the dial with white colored lettering.

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The 41mm case is made of 18k pink gold and features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback. Elegance is subtle, but no doubt an aura of Gérald Genta seems to transpires from this timepieces design, even in its simplest version. An accomplishment produced through cooperative synergies, since both these horology brands belong to the LVMH luxury group (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton). Various conglomerates that came together through phases, which ended up in this configuration with this designation and is headed by Christian Dior.

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Bvlgari Octo Solotempo

This “Bvlgari Octo Solotempo” (Ref#: 101963 BGOP41BGLD) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BVL 193, with 28 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours and water resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet). Mounted to this watch is a black alligator strap with 18k pink gold folding buckle.

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The Velocissimo is the Octo equipped with a chronograph movement, which is visible through the exhibition caseback. This 41mm case itself is made of 18k pink gold with a ceramic crown set. The black lacquered polished dial exhibits the 12 Arabic numeral, followed by pink gold hour index markers. There is a black window date aperture located between the 4 and 5 o’clock position. Also features three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position.

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Bvlgari Octo Velocissimo Ultranero Chronograph

This “Bvlgari Octo Velocissimo Ultranero Chronograph” (Ref#: 102115 BGOP41BGLDCH) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber BVL 328, with 31 jewels and 36,000 vph. Also features a silicon escapement and a 1/10-second chronograph controlled by a column wheel. The power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap with a black DLC-treated steel pin buckle.

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And finally we take a look at the most complicated model, the “Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultranero Tourbillon” which comes in a 40mm case made of 18k pink gold. It is referred to as the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement, a feat they accomplished by mounting the tourbillon cage on seven ball bearings, among other technical details. The tourbillon measures 1.95mm and is visible at the 6 o’clock position. Overall this version also maintains the “very black” aesthetics, with only the hands, index markers, crown, and some elements of the tourbillon shining their pink gold.

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Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultranero Tourbillon

This “Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Ultranero Tourbillon” (Ref#: 102346 BGOP40BGLTBXT) is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber BVL 268, with 21,600 vph and decorated by hand with Côte de Genève finishing. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 52 hours. Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with an 18k pink gold ardillon buckle.

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Written by Mauro Az