Another Year, Another Bulgari World Record
So blasé has Bulgari become about its signature watch scooping up world records that an official communique from the brand lists its achievements under the headline ‘Octo Finissimo World Record Saga’. It is indeed a weighty and impressive tome.
Introduced in 2014 the Octo Finissimo was an unusual watch. It had an integrated bracelet and a minimalist design. It was also super-thin (the only unwieldy thing about it was its name). The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Manual set a world record for the thinnest hand-wound flying tourbillon movement in the world. Two years later the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater won a second record for its 3.12mm movement. In 2017 the Octo Finissimo Automatic became the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market, with a total thickness of 5.15mm (there are thicker bits of paper). And so it continued. Until recently the Octo Finissimo had amassed six world records for slimness.
Well, they’re going to need a bigger awards shelf because here comes the seventh. The new Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar is the slimmest perpetual calendar watch on the market, with a total thickness of 5.80mm containing a movement that measures 2.75mm.
The sandblasted titanium watch miraculously contains 408 components inside the 40mm case, miniature moving parts that power the hours and minutes hands along with all the perpetual calendar functions: retrograde-display date, day, month, and retrograde-display leap years. They are adjusted by means of three correctors: one for the date at 2 p.m., another for the month at 4 p.m., and a third for the day between 8 and 9 o’clock. It’s a remarkable achievement.
You’d imagine seven would be a good place to stop – though that seems unlikely. With that in mind may we direct you to Ashrita Furman, holder of the Guinness World Record for the most Guinness World Records, including those for underwater juggling, making a giant pencil, and gurgling – a “sport” he claims he invented. At the time of writing, the 66-year-old New Yorker holds 531 world records.
Your move, Bulgari.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.