2019 was the Octo Finissimo Chrono GMT Automatic ‘s year for BVLGARI. Although you already seen it on Instagram, we couldn’t not write an article about it!
It’s amazing how the brand, since presenting the first Finissimo of the Octo series, is collecting prizes, world records and public appreciation. The fact that it totally differs from any other timepiece on the market has given it the opportunity to create an audience of fans of its own.
Let’s now focus on how this BVLGARI’s icon’s version was designed and what is different from the other chronographs.
The distinctive shape, in this case too, it’s definitely recognizable.
The octagon comes from a Gèrald Genta‘s idea and was developed with extreme know-how by BVLGARI designers and technicians. If you want to learn more about that topic, we interviewed Fabrizio Buonamassa (Head of Design) there!
The mechanics, designed to reach every time the Olympus of novelties, has made this line famous, making it conquer, over the years, four world records. The Finissimo Automatic, the flying tourbillon, the skeletonized tourbillon and the minute repeater all won a prize!
In 2019, the new component of the Finissimo line, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic (presented in Basel), has raised to five the records obtained by BVLGARI.
This new timepiece rewrites the canons of Swiss watchmaking again, setting the record for the world’s thinnest automatic GMT chronograph, with only 6.90mm of total thickness.
Case and bracelet
Titanium, which guarantees resistance but at the same time makes the watch light and easy to wear, is the main element in the composition of case and bracelet.
The ultra-thin 42mm case has intrigued and articulated shapes, developed on many layers. From the transparent caseback we can instead see the new BVL318 movement, another absolute record being only 3.30mm thin.
Moving on to the bracelet: it is made of sanded titanium with folding clasp, with a geometry that echoes that of the case and connects to it in an harmonious way, without net deadlifts.
The most incredible feature is its comfort.
A great number of links make it suit every kind of wrist, giving it a something extra.
Wearing it is an unique experience. The lightness and pleasant feeling on the skin of the materials with which it is made make you forget that you have on your wrist such a concentration of technology and innovation.
We are looking at a chronographic in-house movement with column wheel.
To share some facts: it has small continuous seconds at 9 o’clock, minute counter at 6 o’clock and full charge guarantees 55 hours of operation.
The main BVL318 feature otherwise, is an incredible thinness, just 3.30mm!
To achieve that thickness, BVLGARI’s engineers had to take an uphill road. Among the others, they adopted a peripheral oscillating mass in platinum and aluminum.
Just from the name we can tell that this rotor is placed on the movement’s side, and not above.
Despite it increasing the diameter, it was the most useful solution to reduce the thickness, with a huge gain in aesthetics. Its position in fact makes the movement, decorated with Cotes de Gèneve, clearly visible and enjoyable from the caseback side.
What makes this watch very attractive to frequent travelers, is that the GMT function is combined with an automatic chronograph. If we then think about it’s incredibly thinness, it’s obvious why this watch is winning prizes.
The time zone is easily adjusted by a push button on the left side of the case at 9 o’clock. This allows you to adjust the hour hand with extreme precision and ease, jumping fast on the desired index.
The local time, on the other hand, is indicated by the sub-dial at 3 o’clock (with a 24-hour scale ). It may be counterintuitive, but it’s really useful when moving around the earth.
The use of a push button allowed to minimize the wheels that would be used to adjust the time zone in a classic way, then using the crown.
There are some other watches that boast very thin calibers.
Just think about the various Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Squelette or the nearest Piaget Altipiano Chronograph, which, like this Octo combines the GMT function with that of chronograph in only 4.65mm of thickness.
What makes this new Octo Finissimo Chrono GMT Automatic innovative and revolutionary is the introduction of the automatic winding. This, combined with the 6.90mm thickness, makes it really unique.
Amazing on the wrist, although a bit generous in dimensions, it’s the most sportive watch of the Finissimo serie at the moment. It is also really interesting because of the chronographic function, really appreciated nowadays and aesthetically rewarding.
The only disappointment, maybe, is the water resistance. From a watch with such a sporty and dynamic vocation one could have expected perhaps a greater water resistance. BVLGARI, on the other hand, declares a maximum waterproofness of 30mt, barely enough to withstand a bland shower.
(You don’t know how your watch deals with water? Read our guide to impermeability!)
Available from the end of summer 2019 at a price of 17.400€, this timepiece certainly has all the right to have a place among the much more famous automatic men’s chronographs. Let’s see if the BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Chrono GMT Automatic is going to have a waiting list in few months too…
Translated by Lorenzo Spolaor (@lorenzospolaor)