First presented in 2012 with a signature eight-sided case, ten years on, the Octo watch series has a new addition to its portfolio. The Octo Finissimo Ultra is the eighth watch of the series to break a world record. Its recording breaking 1.80mm thickness, from the caseback to the top of the sapphire crystal is equivalent to that of two credit cards. Unveiled on March 21, the €400,000 watch (approximately $440,600) is available in a limited edition run of only 10 pieces.
Over the past decade, the Octo line from Bvlgari has earned world records such as the thinnest ever automatic movement (2.23mm), thinnest ever tourbillon movement (1.95mm), thinnest minute repeater (3.12mm) and thinnest ever chronograph (6.90mm). The previous record for the world’s thinnest watch had been held by the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch. The Piaget AUC, which launched in 2018, was two millimetres thick, a measure which the Octo Finissimo Ultra has beat by .20 mm.
Now the world’s thinnest mechanical watch makes its way to the Bvlgari portfolio. Finissimo, which means superfine in Italian, is the perfect moniker for this watch. The Octo Finissimo Ultra sports a monochromatic sandblasted titanium look with an integrated bracelet that’s only 1.50 mm thick. Tungsten carbide, a material that is almost twice as strong as stainless-steel forms the mainplate, while the backplate was chosen for its rigidity.
Entry to the metaverse
The mainspring barrel has a unique QR code etched on it as a decorative element on the watch. It connects to a NFT and the metaverse, bridging the mechanical and digital world gap. The scannable code also leads owners to feature interviews, making-of segments and a virtual 3-D tour of the movement of the watch.
The Octo Finissimo Ultra watch has a manual winding, regulator display, BVL180 calibre, and 50 hours of power reserve. The 40 mm dial is neither round nor square, but its own eight-sided shape, eight being the lucky number here, the timepiece has eight patents pending. The watch has no crown for time adjustment, instead, it is accompanied by a custom-made box that replenishes its power reserve and regulates timekeeping.
One of the icons
The Octo is one of those iconic watch series that has become part of Bvlgari’s legendary status, like the Tank is to Cartier, Royal Oak is to Audemars Piguet, Nautilus to Patek Philippe or the Speedmaster to Omega. The first watch came out in 2012 with the release of the Octo L’Originale, which was followed by the release of Octo Roma and Octo Finissimo. The collection has won over 60 international awards, most recently, the ‘Aiguille d’Or’, awarded to the Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2021.
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Octo watch series, Bvlgari has also released two special edition watches, the Octo Finissimo Automatic and the Octo Finissimo Chronograph. The dials of these watches mimic the brand’s Product Creation Executive Director, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani’s original sketches of the Octo watches.