During the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), it was a Bulgari Octo Finissimo which dominated, sweeping both the Men’s Watch category, as well as the Tourbillon and escapement watch category. If you think about it, the win for both “entry-level” (if one can call it that) and high horology complication exemplified by the the gorgeous Octo Finissimo Automatic and the Finissimo skeleton tourbillon is evidence enough that Bulgari is not only just creating hype-worthy pieces but value for money consumer products. Which brings us to the all new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted.
“For men, the ultimate elegance is thin. We wanted to bring this essence to men’s watches, which mirror what we stand for in jewellery. We specialise in elegance, so it makes sense – ultimate contemporary elegance.” – Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin
Baselworld 2018: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted
Recently launched at Baselworld 2018, the latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted takes the award winning cult watch and dials its signature Italian style past level 10 with a cool new aesthetic treatment – rather than the exquisite multi-faceted, multi-decoration approach that we have come to associate with the Finissimo line, the two latest Octo Finissimo Automatic available in rose gold and rhodium-plated steel are executed with sandblasted treatment, giving the latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic watches an all new, smoothly opulent, texturous seductive take.
In the latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted, vivid, nigh luminous precious metal colours are expressed through a matt-type approach preserving the chromatic gleam of the metal: rose gold and rhodium-plated steel.
Following the titanium version launched in 2017, their sandblasted surfaces flaunt a distinct and contemporary if unexpected look to create a visual and tactile appearance. The original surface treatment of these two Octo Finissimo Automatic models accentuates the sophisticated structure of an emblematic case that has – within just a few years – become a shining example of modern Italian design executed with the best traditional watchmaking techniques.
As in the original editions of the Finissimo Automatic, the latest Octo Finissimo Automatic enjoys an eminently more tactile effect which is immediately noticeable as you slide it across the wrist. Like its predecessor, the light can be observed dancing upon its angles and facets but it’s the distinctive satin-brushed surfaces that really catches the light and allows the fine sandy face of the precious metal to truly glint and dazzle. This sensuous feel applies not only to the case itself, but also to the bracelet links featuring metal every bit as supple as leather, creating an almost liquid touch.
In either rose gold or rhodium-plated steel iterations of the latest Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic, the two matt exteriors are resolutely modern yet representative of heritage artisanal craftsmanship. These two versions complement the titanium watch presented in 2017, the new Rhodium-plated steel Octo Finissimo bears special mention because of its elegant and silkily shimmering shades, it becomes a dressy watch of such subtlety and elegance, without any overkill or ostentation. That said, there will be those who like the seductive appeal of Rose-gold as well.
Both versions of the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted are driven by the world’s thinnest mechanical self-winding movement: Manufacture self-winding Calibre BVL 138 Finissimo. Adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and circular-grained, powered by a platinum micro-rotor, it delivers a 60-hour power reserve. While they both express the sophistication and rigorous standards of Haute Horlogerie.
Latest Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted Price and Specs
Movement Automatic Calibre BVL 138 Finissimo with 60 hours power reserve
Case 40mm-diameter sandblasted 18kt rose gold or sandblasted rhodium-plated steel with 30 metres water resistance
Strap Bracelet or leather
Price From US$12,800