Octo Roma - A Brief Review

Aug 02, 2023,15:14 PM

Hello All wink

Allow me to share my impression of my newest acquisition , the new Bulgari Octo Roma (2023 release).

After considering few watches in the sport integrated bracelet watch, namely Bulgari Octo Roma, Baume Mercier Riviera 39 mm, Cartier Santos Medium Blue dial, IWC Ingenieur, Chopard Alpine Eagle, and even a preowned VC Overseas (1st gen), i decided to pick the Octo Roma. And i absolutely satisfied.  There are plenty of reviews and tech spec in the net so i will just highlight my personal opinion.

First, the wearability. Bulgari has done an amazing design to make a 41 mm integrated bracelet a joy to wear. There are 2 main contributions here : the very thin case, at 9.15mm; and  the shortest lug-to-lug measurement on any 41mm watch i have known, at just 46 mm. The case is thinner than Royal Oak regular, IVC Overseas, WC Ingenieur, Chopard Alpine Eagle, BM Riviera, and even thinner than the new Rolex dress watch, the Perpetual 1908. Its only half mm thicker than Cartier santos, PP Nautilus, Aquanaut, and Royal Oak Jumbo. Considering that it is a true sport watch with 100 meter WR and a screw down crown, it is a remarkable achievement.

On rubber, the watch wears even more comfortable and looks very sporty. The rubber is of very high quality, with same pattern as the dial (more on that later).

Second , the dial. Here Bulgari has done a very subtle Clou de paris motif, but with a twist : instead of making it horizontally oriented like GP Laureato, Bulgari rotate the patter 90 degree, thus make the texture like diamond pattern. It create a unique and different look. More importantly, the dial is done is  matte finish, not sunburst or shiny finish usually found in many other watches. This make the dial very legible in any light, very easy to the eyes, not blindingly hurt my eyes especially under bright light. Also makes the hands and markers pop out so much and have great depth. The date window is done in white, which may irk some, but personally i am glad they do it, because it match the marker on 9 o clock. Notice how the total length of the date window and the "3" hour marker is equal with the length of "9" hour marker. Small detail matters here.

The watch is equipped with a quick release system that allow you to change from the beautiful bracelet to sporty rubber (which came in the package), and also to a leather strap (have to bought separately).  A warning though for one with smaller than 6" wrist, the rubber may not fit (too long), because on my 6.25" wrist, i have to use the last hole to get a snug fit. Additional rubber with "S (short/small) size is available. Quick release system is getting more used nowadays, including in Cartier santos, VC overseas and BM Riviera. So i think IWC make mistake by not having this system in Ingenieur with much higher price tag.

The movement is in-house BVL-191 with ceramic ball bearing and bridged balance wheel. 46 hours power reserve. Nothing fancy, but it is reliable workhorse movement.

All in all, i am very pleased with this new watch. A very value for money, dare i say. Bulgari now has upped the warranty to 5 years (from 2 years). 
if there is one thing that i think can be improved : the size may be better at 38-39 mm, because hexagonal case wear a bit larger. Looking at the caseback, i think Bulgari can shave 2-3 mm off the case size. Maybe not more than that, because the quick release system is integrated to the case, not to the strap.

Thank you for  reading this.  hav ea nice wednesday smile

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A fantastic story

 By: Weems@8 : August 2nd, 2023-19:39
But first and for all, congratulations with your fantastic Bulgari. I enjoyed the pictures of your brand new Octo. Your list of choice is totally cool. You had a BM Riviera on your list. I am a huge BM fan, so i considered the Riviera. The cherry on the c... 

I understand your doubt about future strap availability.

 By: hoseachandra : August 3rd, 2023-00:05
However, Riviera is fairly new model that just launched back in 2021. Based on the fact that BM expanding the line to 3 different sizes and even the new diver version, looks like they are confident about the future of Riviera, and i assume it will stay qu... 

It is fantastic

 By: Weems@8 : August 3rd, 2023-18:43
That i can conversate about BM with a fellow fan. Good you say that the straps hold on for long. Sure, we watch collectors change from time to time what we wear. Some of my watches are fresh, because i wear not that much. But my favorites gets much wrist ... 

I see where are you coming from. Kindly elaborate me about the Gentlemen swissmatic.

 By: hoseachandra : August 4th, 2023-01:07
I saw the pictures and looks like it use normal spring bar?

It looks amazing on you

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : August 2nd, 2023-20:59


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : August 3rd, 2023-14:38

 By: hora12reborn : August 2nd, 2023-21:00
A beautiful watch especially with this lovely blue dial.

Forgot to mention, the 38mm GP Laureato also was on the list.

 By: hoseachandra : August 3rd, 2023-00:10
But theyy are not available here, and imported from overseas is nightmare with customs and tax; it just not worth it. Not to mention the service and repair problems because there is no GP dealer or service here.

Thanks for sharing!

 By: patrick_y : August 3rd, 2023-00:16
The IWC INgeniuer is really a big MISS! It's way too expensive too! And the movement is really not that nice.

We shall see...

 By: patrick_y : August 3rd, 2023-17:28
I think IWC screwed up big time. The watch is really just far too thick. And just not a good value overall. It's also too bulky and bold, not elegant, nor refined. And then that price! It's laughable. The watch costs as much as a Chopard Alpine Eagle or a... 

Nice catch....

 By: halkcb : August 3rd, 2023-12:31
....looks very good on your wrist. Will have to take a shot at this when i next hit the shops Thanks for sharing

One picture from crown side

 By: hoseachandra : August 3rd, 2023-15:23

Thank you for your insights and big big

 By: MTR : August 3rd, 2023-13:30
congrats regarding your new acquisition. I find the Octo Roma a very interesting, more robust alternative to the Octo Finissimo. It looks fantastic on your wrist. I am one of the watch lovers you mentioned who have a problem with white date windows not ma... 

Thank you, Thomas. Bulgari has achieved a near perfect balance of sporty and elegant timepiece with Octo Roma.

 By: hoseachandra : August 3rd, 2023-15:12
I have ordered a leather strap also. So i will have 3 different looks : sporty with rubber, elegant with leather, and luxury with bracelet.

Just got a black worldtimer

 By: convexproblem : August 17th, 2023-07:24
I agree the Octo Roma is pretty compelling. Compared to other Swiss offerings, it's "good value" and "budget friendly". The shape is pretty uniquely angular and sporty, and the greater thickness than the Finissimo brings out the numerous facets, as well a... 

Yes, the worldtimer especially the black DLC had my name on it few months ago.

 By: hoseachandra : August 17th, 2023-09:54
But when i heard about the new Octo Roma 3 hander, i changed my mind. The black worldtimer is fabulous, but i rarely travel now, and i need some bling from an sporty watch with bracelet Please post some pictures because we don"t see many worldtimer around... 

Sure thing

 By: convexproblem : August 20th, 2023-02:45
Here it is: It was running +0-9 s/d out of the box but after a bit of shock it seems to have readjusted to 10-18s ish, not great My watches usually get slower so maybe it'll fix itself soon. ...  

This is ass kicking watch

 By: horoween : August 22nd, 2023-12:17
This new released octo roma is stunning i think is the best in its range, massive congrats to you