In addition to the high-end series of retrograde or watch functions, Bulgari Bvlgari watchmaking has been deeply rooted. Since Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in 2014, it has started with a thickness of 1.95mm. Its name in the ‘ultra-thin’ craft world, including the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 and the Octo Finissimo Automatic, which were recently released in 2017, have also established their own beachheads in the field of ultra-thin watches. What could be easier for people to remember their achievements than breaking world records one after another?
Bulgari has done a very good demonstration here, so now mentioning Bulgari watches, in addition to jewelry, in addition to high complexity, there are more and more people will think of ultra-thin, and in addition to the aforementioned The ultra-thin record-breaking Sanjie, in fact, the brand has still had a lot of solid ultra-thin watches in recent years or an extension of the existing ultra-thin watch base. For example, the Octo Finissimo ultra-thin hollow tourbillon diamond watch is a good one. For example, in addition to ultra-thin craftsmanship, it also incorporates more exciting features of watchmaking, which can also show that Bulgari’s increasingly advanced technology in the ultra-thin field.
In 2017, I first saw Octo’s ultra-thin tourbillon launching a hollow design. The movement exposed after the faceplate was lifted makes the watch more representative of the beauty of the structure of micro-precision machinery.
Feature one: hollow version of ultra-thin tourbillon
The BVL 268 caliber mounted on Octo Finissimo Tourbillon has been unmatched by rivals since its debut. The key to its ultra-thinness is to reduce the height of the tourbillon frame, to use a large number of ball bearings instead of ruby bearings, and to improve the structure of the movement. Only when the space is reduced a little and accumulated a little bit over there can the thickness be reduced to the ultra-thin realm, and then usually the ultra-thin watch is thin and tends to be simple in appearance. This is the original Octo Finissimo Tourbillon can be confirmed, but in 2017, Bvlgari introduced a skeleton version of the movement BVL 368. Although the cover of the faceplate did not reduce the thickness of the watch or the movement, it was a lot. For a more eye-catching look, the 253 movement parts are displayed naked in front of the wearer’s eyes. You can roughly see the concept of horizontal arrangement to save vertical space. In order to strengthen the support of the movement, its gemstones Instead, the number increases.
Generally, ultra-thin watches are not often hooked with gemstones, because the models will increase thickness. However, Bulgari has a good balance here, not only maintaining the thinness, but also making the watch look more gorgeous and noble
Feature two: The shock power of more than a hundred diamonds
Octo Finissimo ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon watch continues the Octo ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon at the beginning of 2017. Bvlgari further adds 96 rectangular diamonds to the noble platinum case, and the same series has actually also produced cases and surfaces. Diamond-in-disk version. However, considering the structural stability of the skeleton movement, this model ‘sets’ diamonds only on the bezel, lugs and some cases, which strikes a balance between showing mechanical precision and gorgeous appearance. The specifications of the case are similar to the Octo ultra-thin hollow tourbillon in principle, but the diamond setting always takes up space. If you want the sparkle of the diamond, it is unavoidable to sacrifice a little thinness, so the thickness of this case is up to 5.45mm (Octo ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon is 5mm).
The back of the case can see the key to BVL 368’s ability to reduce the vertical space of the movement, including the improvement of the tourbillon and the barrel structure, which makes it closer to the sapphire bottom cover, breaking the design burden of traditional movements.
Feature three: Just making the case is a science
Don’t be stunned by its ultra-thin and diamond-studded, look back and take a closer look at the case design of the Octo series. In fact, it is also a major point of this watch. The octagonal case looks very original, but In fact, there are as many as 110 facets on the case-this is why many collectors praise the Octo watch, because in the case part that is usually more easily overlooked by consumers, Bulgari spent It took a lot of effort and time to ‘honed’ the rigid and three-dimensional appearance we saw. Turning over the case back, you can see the tourbillon and barrel, which are opposite to each other. As mentioned earlier, they are committed to the ‘flat’ structural improvement. It is clearer here that both of them are almost attached to the sapphire mirror. The structure is obviously different from the layout of traditional mechanical movements. From this, you can feel the aggressive thinking of Bulgari watchmaking that is bound by the established frame.
Octo Finissimo ultra-thin skeleton tourbillon diamond watch
Platinum material / BVL 368 manual winding movement / hour and minute display / tourbillon device / 96 diamond models, weighing approximately 3.86 carats / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 30 meters / 40mm diameter / limited 5 Only / Reference price: about 1,508,000 RMB