BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT represents a stylish Italian Dolce Vita life attitude and high-quality watchmaking.
BVLGARI (or Bulgari) is one of the most prestigious luxury brands in the world, combined especially with jewelry, perfumes and accessories. In addition to these, Bulgari is an innovator in the world of watches, whose watches combine technical design with technical pioneering spirit. Bulgari’s know-how is especially evident in the form of the thinnest wristwatches on the market, thanks to the extra-thin in-house movements.
BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT
Before I go into the technical pioneering nature I have mentioned, it is important to examine the stylistic issues that are important and characteristic of Bulgari. Octo Finissimo is in many ways Bulgari’s flagship collection, combining iconic octagonal design with ingenious details.
A good foretaste of this can be seen in the cheaper Octo Roma collection, from which the Finissimo collection takes the design of the watch case a couple of steps more complex and at the same time more design-inspired. However, the design is not suppressed by gimmicks, but the angular design is done with finely finished bevels and polishings, which makes Finissimo look more octagonal than Roma. The most significant difference in design is found in the lugs, which in Finissimo are two-sided, which at the same time makes the case sculptural.
When the watch is beautiful timepiece of art
The first reaction when looking at the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT is a spontaneous sigh about how balanced it is. After this, attention is drawn to the beautiful blue dial, from which the silver sub-dials and indices stand out harmoniously.
The silver-gray sub-dials on the dial are elegantly executed and although they are relatively close together, the dial does not feel busy. At nine o’clock there is a small second, at six o’clock a 30-minute counter, and at three o’clock a clearly executed dual time, with an evening-time portion executed with a dark blue background color. This helps to visualize what time of day it is.
An expression of the Italian lifestyle
Wristing a watch is an experience in itself for such an Italian style and dress that has lost its heart, as it seamlessly combines a certain amount of confident arrogance – albeit quite restrainedly. The Bulgari’s background in jewelry is stylistically evident in a satin-polished steel bracelet, which is aptly striking and especially comfortable.
All in all, the Bulgari’s ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT represents Italian light elegance at its best. After all, the Italian style of dress is known for its lightweight structures and materials that feel like another skin. In these respects, this watch moves in the same sandbox and the emotional bond towards the sign is formed as if by itself.
The triumph of technology
The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT relies on Bulgari’s own BVL318 movement, which is the smallest on the market. This ultra-thin automatic chronograph mechanism gives the watch 55 hours power reserve and, as I mentioned earlier, has allowed the watch to be designed to be very thin. In fact, it is the world’s thinnest chronograph with a 24-hour dual time function in addition to a chronograph.
Separately, I want to praise the silky softness of the watch’s crown and chronograph pushers. There’s no slack in the crown, so setting the time exactly is a pleasure. The same feeling of ease continues when tuning the movement, as well as when using the chronograph pushers. Everything happens exactly without pinching. So you can feel the quality at your fingertips.
The BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT, despite its thinness and design, is larger in size, so it is at its best on a slightly thicker (17 cm) wrist. With the whole thing in mind, the owner of the world’s thinnest GMT chronograph gets a watch on his wrist that stands out as both a horological masterpiece and a complementary accessory to wear.
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In a nutshell
- Manufacturer: BVLGARI
- Collection: Octo Finissimo
- Model: Chronograph GMT (ref. 103467)
- Movement: BVL318 in-house automatic
- Operating frequency: 28,800
- Power reserve: 55 hours
- Watch case: stainless steel
- Case diameter: 43 mm
- Watch thickness: 8.75 mm
- Glass: sapphire
- Case back: sapphire
- Water resistance: 100 m (10 ATM)
- Bracelet: steel
- Bracelet width: integrated
- Price: € 17,000