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This Luxury Watch Is Not Available To The Public But We Can Dream

Bulgari creates a superwatch for supercar owners.
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On the short list of men's most wanted possessions are the supercar and the luxury watch. Some choose the car over the watch because a watch that costs as much as a car still can't take you to work. Other prioritize the watch over the car because, maybe, a car that costs more than a house will send the wife over the edge. 

But a few very men are blessed to have both amazing wheels and wrist candy. Take, for example, the men of the Supercar Owners Circle (SOC), an exclusive group of car collectors or “passionate international devotees and automotive enthusiasts.” This month, the SOC partners with Bulgari for what is described as "a special and unique relationship to express shared values." That, of course, alludes to the very specific thrill of enjoying only the best.  

No need to reiterate the credentials of the Rome-based jewelry and watch house, whose greatest hits include magnificent snake bracelets and record-breaking coin-thin watches. Focus instead on the timepiece it has created to mark the three-year partnership: the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC.

The greatest signifier of luxury may be a watch that not everyone can get: the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC. IMAGE: Bulgari

The watch is a thing of beauty, a timepiece that perfectly echoes its automotive counterparts in terms of technical features and visual appeal. Expressed in black with accents of yellow, the new Octo recalls a hot rod. The black titanium case matched with black alligator bracelet can be considered the wheels, while the 18k yellow gold indices and hands look like spokes. A transparent sapphire reveals every whir and beat of its engine, the mechanical manual-winding flying tourbillon movement. 

Ogle the beating of the flying tourbillon movement through the transparent sapphire. IMAGE: Bulgari

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A titanium dial and alligator band creates the blacked-out look. IMAGE: Bulgari

With gold indices and hands, doesn't this look like the wheels of a fast car? IMAGE: Bulgari

Now the bad news: The watch is exclusive to members of the SOC. 

But for your consideration, there are Bulgari timepieces similar in feel such as the black-and-gold Octo Finissimo, which we like for its elegant thinness, or the black-and-gray Octo Velocissimo, which is a more robust creation. Put these, along with your dream car, on the wishlist. 

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