For this year’s LVMH Watch Week Bvlgari has added three new models to its hugely successful Octo Finissimo collection – the Octo Finissimo S which extends the line’s monochromatic heart, the Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT, and Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium with a new dial and rubber strap.
In under a decade, the Octo Finissimo has managed not to just stamp its mark from a ‘world record’ point of view (the thinnest tourbillon (2014), the thinnest minute repeater (2016), the thinnest automatic watch (2017), the thinnest automatic tourbillon (2018), the thinnest automatic chronograph (2019), the thinnest tourbillon chronograph (2020)), but its design has also become instantly recognisable.
Last year’s stainless steel Octo Finissimo S, featuring the thinnest automatic movement and a water resistance of 100m, is now available in a new all silver form – a 40mm steel satin-polished case (6.4mm thick) with a new silver vertically brushed dial and a radial brushed bezel, plus a water resistance of 100m. The crown is set with a ceramic inlay.
Behind the open case back is the familiar automatic in-house ultra-thin (2.23mm) Calibre BVL 138 with a micro-rotor. Beating at 21,600VPH with a power reserve of 60 hours, it is decorated with Côtes de Genève, has chamfered bridges and a circular-grained baseplate.
It comes on an integrated brushed steel bracelet that has a combination of vertical brushing and polished finishing.
Next up we have the new Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT. It is in a 43mm (8.75mm thick) satin-polished steel case with a radial brushed bezel, polished steel screw-down crown set with a ceramic inlay, and water resistant to 100m. Functionally we have, on the new blue sunray dial, what it says on the label – silver sub dials featuring the chronograph function, and a second time zone sub dial at 3 o’clock. It is adjusted using a pusher at 9 o’clock.
Inside is the automatic in-house Calibre BVL 318 that is 3.30mm thick, beats at 21,600VPH, and has a power reserve of 55 hours. It is the same movement that was used for earlier Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT models.
This new piece comes on an integrated vertically brushed steel bracelet with folding clasp.
The final LVMH Watch Week Octo release is a new version of the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium, which made its inaugural appearance in 2019, with a new dial and on a rubber strap. The 42mm case is sand-blasted titanium (6.9mm thick) with the crown in the same material. Its water resistance is 30m. The dial is black opaline, and as per the second new piece, it is a combination of chronograph and GMT functions, so the dial format is the same, so the differences are a matter of design.
Behind the open case back is also the same BVL 318 movement, and it comes on a black rubber strap with a sand-blasted titanium buckle.
[Photo credit: Bvlgari]