Watch of the Week: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton

Bulgari’s pre-Basel creation is a crazy-thin tourbillon watch with 253 parts that you can see.
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First, know that the Octo is a standout creation. See its 110-facet case, a play on geometry with octagons and circles, and then realize that, despite all the layers, the watch remains elegant, clean enough to pair with something as strict as a tuxedo. You can chalk it up to perfect proportions or, really, the unknowable magic of Italian style, which results in a daring design that is never too much.

Now consider that the watch is very thin and that, within this slim package, is a tourbillon. That’s two great limits in the watch world that the Octo has conquered. Engineering the delicate tourbillon, that pretty spinning complication that combats the effects of gravity on a watch, into an infinitesimal case requires a high degree of expertise. And no doubt, the masters at Bulgari delivered, having created the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement.

How do you top that all of that? You take that ultra-thin, eight-sided case with a tourbillon purring within, and render everything in a new skeleton form. Which means that the technical sophistication of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, all 253 parts with 13 jewels and eight ball-bearing mechanisms, is now visible.


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If you’re keeping score, it’s daring shape plus super slender case plus tourbillon plus skeletonization. And just to add another layer of panache to the entire endeavor, the case comes in platinum, too. Despite all that, the watch appears quiet, something that proclaims its power, not by shouting, but by drawing you in. It’s a complex thing and yet feels simple. That’s a true marvel.

Bulgari is at Greenbelt 4.

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