Six years, six world records: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic

By Montredo in News
August 26, 2020
Six years, six world records: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic

If there is one activity Bulgari enjoys, it is breaking records. Luckily, this year is no exception. On the occasion of the beginning Geneva Watch Days fair, the brand presented a new high-end watch to the world public, once again claiming the horological throne of the thinnest calibers out there.

Brief recap

The world record hunt began in 2014 with the Octo Finissimo, when Bulgari managed to fit a 1.95 mm flat tourbillon into a watch case only 5 mm thick. This was followed the subsequent year by a minute repeater with a profile of just 6.85 mm, before the world’s thinnest automatic watch was introduced in 2017 with a height of just 5.15 mm. In 2018, two world records were broken at once, when a self-winding watch with a height of only 3.95 mm and a tourbillon saw the light of day. Last year, the fifth world record year in a row, the Finissimo Chronograph GMT became the world’s thinnest mechanical chronograph.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic
Impressive family photo: 6 years, 6 world records.

The world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon chronograph

The newly introduced Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic (Ref. 103295) comes in a 42mm case, which is already impressively flat with an overall height of 7.40mm. But it is only until you take a look inside when things become even more impressive:

With the caliber BVL 388, Bvlgari makes use an open-worked, skeletonized monopusher chronograph movement with a power reserve of 52 hours and a tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The overall height: insane 3.50 mm. The case is moreover made of light titanium, allowing the watch to wear incredibly light and comfortable on the wirst.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic

A monopusher chronograph with two pushers?

Yes, the watch has two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock, but only one of the two is actually responsible for controlling the chronograph. If you look closely, you will see a nubby surface on the 2 o’clock pusher, which is needed to easily operate the chronograph. With a single push, you can start, stop and reset the timekeeping complication. The 4 o’clock pusher, on the other hand, is essentially a switch for a sophisticated mechanism that determines whether turning the crown winds the watch or sets the hands.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic
The peripheral rotor of the BVL 388 caliber also contributes to the flat construction.

Availability

This impressive, record-breaking piece of engineering is limited to 50 pieces and will set you back 155,000 EUR.

For for information, please visit Bulgari’s website here.


Previous comments (2)

  1. Bvlgari really is on fire recently, chapeau! If I had the money, I’d probably just go for the classic Tourbillon, but that’s just a fantasy of course.

    September 8, 2020
  2. Although I do respect the technical aspects of the watches, impressive engineering, I always feel like they’re “too thin” (if that makes any sense). Like a MacBook Air, it’s well made and everything but I’m always afraid of accidentally breaking it, as it’s very fragile. I actually do enjoy a height of 11-12mm when it comes to watches.. maybe it’s just me.

    September 15, 2020

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