Bulgari - Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT  103068
Bulgari - Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT  103068

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068

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Bulgari Watch Rome Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068

In recent years, Bvlgari Watch Rome has wowed connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie on a regular basis with models from its Bvlgari Watch Rome Octo Finissimo range of ultra-thin case, and ultra-thin movement watches: first came the record-breaking Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Tourbillon with an ultra-thin movement at 1.95mm thick, with a case of 5mm; next came the world’s thinnest  Minute Repeater, with the Bulgari Watch Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in sandblasted titanium, with a calibre movement just 3.12mm thick housed in a watch case 6.85mm thick; finally, or so many thought, completing what has been termed the Octo Finissimo ‘Trilogy’ of ultra-thin complication men’s’ watches, came the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, the world’s thinnest automatic men’s’ wristwatch, with a tourbillon thrown in for good measure, with a watch movement 1.95mm thick, in a case 3.95mm thick.

As if Bvlgari Watch hadn’t set the bar high enough (or thin enough), its release of the limited edition ultra thin complication Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch at Baselworld 2019  once again set the Twitterati and Instagram on fire, earning itself the fifth world record in the ultra-thin complication sector with Jean Christophe Babin at the Rome brand’s helm, this time for the world’s thinnest automatic chronograph men’s’ watch.  The impact of the Bvlgari Watches Rome Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch has indeed been spectacular, mirroring the sheer will of the brand to succeed in this sector, by adding the chronograph complication to the mere hours and seconds format of other ultra-thin watches, and providing every competitor brand, from Porsche, A. Lange & Sohne, Bell & Ross, Seiko, JLC, IWC, Patek Phillipe to Piaget itself with something to think long and hard about. Since Baselworld 2019 the internet has been ablaze with talk of Bvlgari Watch Rome and the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch in particular, with the Rome brand’s Guido Terreni spreading the word far and wide, with platforms such as watchadvisor, Time & Tide Watches, and even individuals like Ashton Kee, Vaughn Atkinson, Garrett Kenny and Pedro Brazon making great comments and positive feedback online for the Bulgari Watches range of watches including the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch.  This was of course, very much the case at Baselworld 2019 itself, with throngs attempting to get their hands on the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch, as the latest addition to the Bulgari Octo Finissimo collection. Numbers were limited though, and precious few hands touched the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch at the time. Many of the important players in the game were though, able to watch the launch and gain all-important knowledge, the first step in the game is first getting yourself noticed. Others were happy to simply enjoy the teamwork on display from the Bvlgari Watches team, to watch the secret of their hard work being unveiled and then work hard themselves to simply enjoy the team and exhibition if not a lot, then as much as possible. This was all now more than a month ago, and now that the dust has settled, what are the details of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic men’s watch that has kept the posters at platforms such as Watch advisor and elsewhere busy.

While the sheer will and technical ability of Bulgari Watch to produce yet another world record beating ultra-thin watch in the form of the Bulgari Watch Rome Bvlgari limited edition Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 that has provided such a shock for brands such as Porsche, A. Lange & Sohne, Bell & Ross, Seiko, JLC, IWC, Patek Phillipe and Piaget and sparked such commentary from watchadvisor, Time & Tide Watches, and even individuals like Ashton Kee, Vaughn Atkinson, Garrett Kenny and Pedro Brazon, it is very easy to overlook the details of the watch itself when Baselworld hands them another prize. All the secret hard work back at Maison’s technical centre in Switzerland has certainly paid off, and the plaudits received after Baselworld have almost certainly given the Bulgari Watch team a lot of satisfaction, even if it is correct to say that the team responsible for the Bulgari Watch Bvlgari limited edition Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 simply enjoy the teamwork and do not wait on every word from Watch advisor or any other platform, looking for the latest divas dream.

At the heart of the Bulgari Watch Bvlgari  Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 sits a brand new calibre (or calibre) movement, the BVL318 caliber, at an astonishing 3.3mm thick, and not only that, but it also includes a GMT hours function. Implementing a GMT hours function is never easy, and the GMT hours function implementation the Bulgari Watch Bvlgari limited edition Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 required another level of technical skill. The fact that the designers chose to add the GMT function itself to the 3.3mm thick Caliber BVL318 shows just the level secret hard work that went into the Bulgari Watch Bvlgari limited edition Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068: quite simply, for the team to enjoy this, it shows just what all those competitors like  Porsche, A. Lange & Sohne, Bell & Ross, Seiko, JLC, IWC, Patek Phillipe and Piaget are really up against, when the easy option would have been to just omit a GMT hours function. The GMT hours function and local time are set into the case at the prominent 9 o’clock position, the design of the Bulgari Watch Rome Bvlgari limited edition Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 once again proving its practicality for the busy business traveller, as watchadvisor would say.

However, whatever watchadvisor might say, or whatever watch advisor might highlight, the Bulgari Watch Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 will not only be remembered as a record-breaking super thin chronograph with an ultra-thin 3.3mm caliber movement, or a mere divas dream. When all the online conversation and internet commentary from watchadvisor, Time & Tide Watches, and even individuals like Ashton Kee, Vaughn Atkinson, Garrett Kenny and Pedro Brazon has subsided, the watchadvisor, Time & Tide Watches, and even individuals like Ashton Kee, Vaughn Atkinson, Garrett Kenny and Pedro Brazon has subsided, the watch will be seen for what it is: a statement of intent.

Of course, Bvlgari will have entered the record books once again, and quite rightly so in the light of the stunning implementation of not only the thinnest automatic chronograph ever made but one which also offers a GMT hours function at the same time, but it also leaves potential customers asking, maybe on watchadvisor, “what will come next?” from Bvlgari Watch. With Jean Christophe Babin at the Rome brand’s helm, only time will tell, but there can be no doubt that Guido Terreni and his design team, in conjunction with the Rome watch brand, will once again have another record-breaking ultra-thin watch concept for people to get their hands on at Baselworld, next time perhaps a world’s thinnest Octo Finissimo Chronograph Tourbillon Automatic?  The Bulgari Watch Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT 103068 is, of course, shipping now, and while it is sometimes worth a check with an official distributor for a special offer, whether in Geneva, Rome or elsewhere, any such special offer from an official distributor of Bvlgari Watches is likely to be extremely short-lived, although they will almost certainly forward any comment on this to Bvlgari Watches Rome.

 

Technical specifications

Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT watch with automatic winding and small seconds. BVL 318 calibre (3.30 mm thick).

55 hours of power reserve.

42 mm extra-thin titanium case (6.90 mm thick) with a transparent case back.

Titanium crown set with ceramic.

Sandblasted titanium dial and bracelet with folding clasp.

Water-resistant up to 30 meters.

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