No need to shroud reality, the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic was one of the features of 2017 – if not the most noteworthy watch (super complicated ones rejected) of the year. It is super slight, yet it is likewise super strong, currently planned, enlivened and imaginative. Positively, some other brands made much more slender models ( like this one ) yet not with a similar stylistic audacity. First introduced in titanium, I thought I had discovered my ideal watch. Yet, that was before Baselworld 2018 and the new Sandblasted Steel rendition. Does it change a lot? Indeed, the appropriate response is yes… and no.
I need to admit that with regards to watches, my top choices are sports watches, current watches and famous watches (or let’s say works of art). I’m not enamored with vintage watches, not on the grounds that I don’t discover them engaging yet predominantly on the grounds that I wear my watches seriously. I’m not the sort of fellow to take extraordinary consideration. Therefore, I moved back to new watches – or youthful clocks, as I named them – after a short outing to the universe of vintage. I tried them, I adored them… yet I cherished them in a safe. Thus, and on the grounds that watches are a costly leisure activity, I chose to dispose of my vintage Omegas and Heuers and to move back to current, strong, powerful games watches.
On the other hand, wearing a plunge watch or a dashing chronograph with a suit or a tuxedo isn’t truly proper – indeed, it happens to me, here and there, to wear those sorts of clothes. What’s more, as I’m not partial to dress watches either, the circumstance got complex. Complex? Not actually in light of the fact that there is an answer: the extravagance sports watch. Patek’s Nautilus, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, Vacheron’s Overseas and the remainder of the group. In the event that the first is difficult to track down – Frank will relate his own odyssey with the 5711 out of a couple of days – the others are genuine symbols however essentially doesn’t do much for me. I love them however just on other people’s wrists. My mission for a wonderfully current, energetic however rich watch arrived at an (nearly) end when Bvlgari introduced the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic at Baselworld 2017.
The first thing to note with the Octo Finissimo Automatic is, obviously, its extraordinary slimness. At 5.15mm thick (or dainty), it was the most slender automatic watch available when it was presented. Because of a development inside created to gauge only 2.23mm in tallness, this watch is just staggering once worn. Slenderness is one of the primary elements to consider with such extravagance sports watches. It is essential for the DNA, it is the pith of the idea, together with the commoner metals utilized for the case, the state of the actual case and the incorporated arm band. However, slenderness is key.
In this field, Bvlgari has surpassed its competitors, by a long shot – the Nautilus 5711 is 8.3mm and the Royal Oak 15202ST is 8.1mm. We’re talking about a 3mm distinction here, which doesn’t sound much from the outset, yet it implies that the two adversaries are practically 60% thicker. Put along these lines, it improves things significantly. Likewise, despite the fact that the Patek and the Royal Oak Extra-Thin are steel, they feel marginally more delicate than the Bvlgari, which profits by the utilization of titanium to be lighter and more safe as well. At last, its totally sandblasted case and dial give less sparkle, less “show-off” style.
At Baselworld 2018, Bvlgari presented two new forms of the Octo Finissimo Automatic , with sandblasted cases in 18k pink gold or in treated steel. While it felt applicable to have a gold rendition in the collection, the presence of a steel model was more subtle to us, from the outset. Notwithstanding, I got the opportunity to wear the two models for a long while and… indeed, trust me, the two variants are extraordinary. Furthermore, the steel one figured out how to give me much a bigger number of feelings than the titanium model.
What changes in the steel model compared to the titanium rendition? In fact and determination insightful, nothing. Other than the conspicuous difference in material, the watch is as yet unchanged – same development, same plan for the case, bezel, wristband and dial. It implies that we locate a similar incredibly present day shape, which, on the in spite of PP and AP, doesn’t think back towards the past. Recall that the Nautilus and Royal Oak were made over 40 years prior. Not the best illustration of innovativeness. Bvlgari has accomplished a genuine settlement of plan and advancement with the Octo. It is striking, contemporary, everything except for vintage-propelled however stays thin, exquisite and downplayed enough.
There are numerous explanations behind me to lean toward the steel form. As a matter of first importance, it isn’t simply steel. It is sandblasted steel – and not cleaned or brushed, implying that it has a marginally uncommon matte and finely grained surface and no sparkle. At the point when you wear it, it mixes with your skin and doesn’t outwardly set apart from your wrist. This doesn’t imply that the Octo Finissimo Automatic doesn’t play with the light. It actually pulls in the encompassing tones and it can move from warm to cold tones.
The second significant thing to note is that the situation and wristband are not “nude” steel. When the metal has been mattified, it is covered with a flimsy layer of gold (approx. 0.175 microns) and is later palladium-plated and rhodium-plated. It is a unique treatment that, as far as anyone is concerned, is one of a kind to the brand. This outcomes in a shiny, practically white shading that is entirely unexpected from the dim delivering of the titanium version.
The watch is all the more energetic, marginally more present and has the perfect portion of richness that the titanium adaptation needed – as I would see it, obviously. Tempered steel additionally has another favorable position – once more, as I would like to think – with its weight. Steel being denser, the watch is marginally heavier. When wearing the titanium rendition, I had the sensation of a watch that felt somewhat delicate. Not in view of the get together, but since of the apparent weight. It is totally mental without a doubt, however I felt more sure with the steel form. In watchmaking, weight is additionally important for the apparent quality.
In my assessment, this treated steel form is a victor, a really fruitful watch. It has the style, the mechanics, a generally famous plan, the strength, the tastefulness and this uncompromised slimness that make it very attractive. The most amazing aspect of everything is the value, which is a small portion of what AP and PP are asking. Absolutely, this is supported by a lower level of wrapping up. Yet, at EUR 12,900 in steel on a bracelet, it is more than competitive. Time to set aside sufficient money to get it… Magari!