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BVLGARI 2019

 
 By: Kong : July 29th, 2019-23:24
Another 2019 winner for their fifth iteration of the extra-thin automatic Octo Finissimo Collection with a Chronograph-GMT complication.  Within the sand-blasted 42mm titanium case of 6.90mm thick is their Calibre BVL 318, exceptionally thinness of 3.30mm.

Octo Finissimo Chrono GMT Titanium,  full titanium piece - dial, crown, bracelet and folding-clasp.
Chronograph pushers at 2H & 4H positions, sandwiching the crown like a crown-guard.

The GMT-adjuster is at 9H.

Pushers are seamlessly blend with the faceted architectural design of the watch.
The titanium crown is adorned with a black polished ceramic.  The case is specified to 30m water-resistance.

On the sand-blasted titanium dial -  hour, minute and chronograph hands.  The sub-dials - at 3H is 24-hr local timezone, 6H - 30-minute totaliser and small second at 9H.

The chronograph pushers, easily depressed, snappy, pretty good tactile feedback.  Chronograph-hand is steady, not jumpy, probably due to the column-wheel.

Titanium bracelet and clasp, with exposed strap-pin area for ease of possible strap change or even occasional cleaning of the bracelet in a ultrasonic-machine.

Caliber BVL 318, has a power-reserve of 55 hours, charged by a platinum peripheral-rotor with a full unobstructed view of the decently finished movement.





For those who prefer a bit of heft, chunkier watch, the Octo L'Originale Chronograph may be a good alternative.

The 41mm case is a combo of steel and rose gold with a water-resistance rating at 100m.
The black part is sandblasted stainless steel case treated with DLC (Diamond-like carbon coating) with 18 kt rose gold octagon and crown.
On the anthracite dial is 18 kt rose gold hand-applied indexes, and sub-dials - 3H is 30-min totaliser, 6H is 12-hour totaliser and small-second at 9H.

Integrated black rubber strap 

BVL 328, a 5-Hz calibre with a silicon escapement and 50 hour power-reserve.




For the Ladies, this is one interesting piece - the Lvcea Skeleton.






Another new one with quartz movement - Serpenti Seduttori. Thinner than previous Turbogas collection and with hexagonal stylized links instead for the bracelet.





Kong







That is watchmaking combined with jewellery

 
 By: COUNT DE MONET : July 30th, 2019-00:27
Maybe it is worth mentioning that the chunkier chrono has got a Zenith base movement.
But I am sure Bulgari fans know this.
Thank you for this post!

Definitely must mention ...

 
 By: Kong : July 30th, 2019-02:56
Thanks!
Kong

Bulgary really got their act together in the past few years.

 
 By: mrds : July 30th, 2019-04:28
Five years back, nothing would stop me in front of a Bulgary window. Now what they’re doing with their Octo range is really impressive. Creating a new icon in the sports watch segment.

Last week I had the chance to try on the Octo Skeleton in Ti, my favorite piece of the range. I was thoroughly impressed by the very solid execution of movement and case, the overall design and by how comfortable the watch sat on the wrist.

Wishing Bulgary good success with their strong work. They deserve it.

Cheers,
Daniel

Well-said ...

 
 By: Kong : July 30th, 2019-07:58
Actually they are pretty good with their Grande Sonnerie and repeaters.  But they did not entrench in this particular segmentation.
Thanks for viewing, Daniel.

Kong

Agree fully Daniel.

 
 By: Baruch Coutts : July 30th, 2019-14:43
I was at the boutique in London today and discussed the transition that Bulgari has made from an owner of brands (Roth and Genta) to creator of a completely new approach to ultra slim watchmaking. The Octo range does dominate a bit and according to some insiders other product lines struggle a bit since the Finissimo range has become so popular. The new chronograph is tremendous and I very much hope they produce it in the sand blasted rose gold.
Regards,
Baruch

Thanks, Baruch. Their sandblasted cases are very attractive. [nt]

 
 By: mrds : July 31st, 2019-04:44
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Looking fwd to the chrono GMT. Deliveries started already? [nt]

 
 By: redcorals : July 30th, 2019-06:35
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According to what I heard ...

 
 By: Kong : July 30th, 2019-07:59
from Boutique Staff, should be delivering in August.
Kong

Just received mine.

 
 By: Horo_Traveler : August 6th, 2019-21:03
A few words come to mind. Edgy. Innovative. Record breaking. A middle finger to the ennui of heavily branded 2-name Swiss watch makers basking in the glory of years past.





Congrats! [nt]

 
 By: Kong : August 6th, 2019-22:23
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