One thing you can’t say of Bvlgari is that they are content to rest on their laurels. Seven years and seven world records for thinness – the Octo Finissimo has more than made its mark in its brief life, from simple pieces to complications like minute repeaters and tourbillons.
LVMH Watch Week earlier this year saw some new additions to the range, but Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 has shown that it’s time for another horological big gun – the new Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar – at an astonishing 5.8mm, the slimmest perpetual calendar in the world.
This new record breaker is available in two variants – the familiar sand-blasted titanium shared by their other record holders, and a satin-brushed and polished platinum-cased version. They are both 40mm with a thinness of 5.8mm and with a crown that is either titanium or 18kt white gold, both with with a ceramic insert. They have double sapphire crystals and are water resistant to 30m.
The titanium model has a dial in the same material that is 0.3mm thick, silver hands, and comes on a bracelet with a folding clasp. The platinum model has a blue lacquered dial and black hands, along with a matching dark blue alligator strap with a platinum clasp.
With the design elements out of the way, let’s get to the crux of the matter – the movement.
It’s the automatic Bvlgari in-house Calibre BVL 30, which beats at 21,600 VPH, has an off-centre platinum micro-rotor, and a power reserve of 60 hours. How thin is it? Well it’s 2.75mm thick.
There are 408 parts to this watch and hours, minutes, retrograde date, day, month, and retrograde leap year functions to fit into that space.
Adjustment of the perpetual calendar functions are via correctors at 2 o’clock for the date, at 4 o’clock for the month, and for the day between 8 and 9 o’clock.
This latest achievement can only leave one question – what’s next?
[Photo credit: Bvlgari]