Tried on a few... pt 2
Went to Bulgari again today as they had ordered the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT on rubber for me to look at; the friendly sales associate said there was only one of this reference (103371) available at nothern European boutiques right now, for what it's worth.
It turned out I agree with Jay: While the rubber strap feels very supple and looks nice, as does the pin buckle, and the view of the gorgeous movement is thus unobstructed, I find I much prefer the all Ti version (103068) for its unique monochromatic look and, let's face it, its great bracelet one wouldn't want to do without. For it wears fantastic and, as Jay rightly pointed out in the previous thread, is an integral part of the overall design.
Now if the rubber version were indeed as sporty as it looks, i.e. higher water resistance and, for lack of a better term, a more "robust feel" (I know, that would defeat the "purpose" of this watch in the fist place)... As it is, it's a very fine watch with a very sporty look that suggests ruggedness, at least to me, that is just not part of the package.
Some crappy pictures, cleverly none made of strap/buckle: