Though it didn’t break information like so many watches within the fascinating Octo Finissimo assortment, the Skeleton 8 Days is, nonetheless, fairly a powerful watch, to say the least. Managing to extract near 200 hours of power from a motion that incorporates a single barrel and that measures solely 2.5mm in peak is nothing however spectacular. First launched in an expensive gold model with anthracite gray motion and worn on a leather-based strap, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days comes again this yr within the signature monochromatic type of the gathering, with its built-in bracelet and manufactured from titanium throughout.
Within the ever-growing Octo Finissimo assortment, Bulgari’s fashionable and extremely technical tackle ultra-thin watchmaking, we’ve had time-only Automatics, GMT Chronographs, Tourbillons, Minute Repeaters, Perpetual Calendars and extra. And the extra right here personifies with a watch that has, for a number of months, been the thinnest mechanical timepiece ever created. The newest addition to this marvellous assortment didn’t break any information. It’s (barely) thicker than a traditional Octo Finissimo Computerized, regardless of being hand-wound. It doesn’t characteristic issues both. However what it offers away by way of thinness (comparatively talking, in fact) it takes it again in the case of energy. As a result of this watch, which measures lower than 6mm in peak, comes with plenty of energy. Like week-long energy. So sure, it doesn’t break information, but it surely doesn’t actually matter both.
Following the preliminary mannequin in a pink gold case, with satin-brushed finishes and a brown leather-based strap, Bulgari now brings the actual deal. Not that the gold mannequin wasn’t engaging, however I concern that the Octo Finissimo solely actually does it to me when it’s rendered in monochromatic gray. And that is what the model is treating us with, the traditional full-titanium look, case and bracelet, and dial too.
In comparison with the gold mannequin, the fundamentals are the identical. The case has the signature, extremely complicated (greater than 100 sides) design of the Octo Finissimo assortment, combining octagonal and spherical shapes. It measures 40mm throughout, with a peak of 5.95mm, which makes nearly a hair thicker than the record-breaking, award-winning Perpetual Calendar, and about 0.5mm extra than one other Octo Finissimo Skeleton hand-wound, however one which doesn’t have such energy. The primary novelty right here comes from using sandblasted titanium, the steel of alternative for a lot of the fashions within the Octo Finissimo assortment.
The dial, if we will communicate of a dial on this context, can also be utilizing the identical design ideas, with the bridges coated in a titanium color. The chapter ring has a posh form that features markers and Arabic numerals, and frames a motion that’s equally intricate and fashionable. Time is learn by the technique of polished silvered palms, which distinction sufficient with the remainder of the watch. As all the time with openworked watches, legibility isn’t supreme however right here, it stays fairly acceptable. The show is complemented by a small seconds between 7 and eight o’clock, and Bulgari has positioned a spoked wheel beneath the small seconds hand that has an prolonged bar on its outer perimeter. Because the watch is wound, this bar slides into view by way of the cutouts to point the motion’s energy reserve.
The opposite main change on this new and sportier version of the Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days is using an built-in bracelet made, in fact, of sandblasted titanium. Gentle and versatile as all the time, it’s closed by a 3-blade folding buckle.
Contained in the case is the in-house Calibre BVL 199 SK. This motion is fashionable in design and conception, with sharply opened bridges for a masculine contact. The surfaces are matte handled in a titanium color, bringing a constant look along with the case and bracelet. What issues right here is the ability… 8 full days or 192 hours of energy reserve, all saved in a single barrel that has been made as massive because the motion may get (the restrict is that of the palms’ axle). That is potential due to a technique that has lengthy made the success of the Octo Finissimo vary; giant actions with a horizontal format for the technical components. The motion certainly measures 36.60mm in diameter, whereas solely 2.5mm in thickness. From the again, it fills virtually fully the case.
Availability & Value
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton 8 Days Titanium will likely be out there from boutiques and retailers in late Could or June 2023 and priced at EUR 23,360. For extra particulars, please go to www.bulgari.com.