Bvlgari is having some fantastic luck establishing precedent after horological record in the super slim classification. Who can fail to remember the progression of great triumphs acquired by the 2014 Octo Finissmo Tourbillon , the 2016 Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater , the 2017 Octo Finissimo Automatic and the current year’s Octo Finisimmo Automatic Tourbillon ? Exactly when you felt that the brand may be running out of steam in the super lean complication office, Bvlgari makes another hare appear out of nowhere with its lovely ringing magnum opus for ladies: the Diva Finissima Minute Repeater. As the world slimmest ladies’ minute repeater watch, the Diva Finissima manifestes Bvlgari’s enthusiasm for Swiss mechanical fireworks and its powerful Italian plan flair.
Celebrating per century of high gems watches
Exhibited at Bvlgari’s remain at Baselworld 2018 – probably the busiest remain of the watch reasonable – was a little presentation case with a fragile platinum and precious stone gems watch. Dating from 1918, this little mixed drink watch is, truth be told, Bvlgari’s first watch and an expressive tribute to the brand’s centennial relationship of gems watches. Simply recollect the staggering scope of Serpenti and Serpenti Sedutorri watches that have slithered once more into the spotlight, beguiling us with their sexy, smooth motion and dynamic adornments settings. The Diva Finissima Minute Repeater hails from the Diva family and, in a similar soul as the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, shrouds its complexity behind a lovely face.
The most slender grande woman of complications
Endowed with a similar development driving the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater , the Diva Finissima owes its thin outline to Bvlgari’s super slim type BVL 362 estimating simply 3.12mm. Yet, that is the extent that the likenesses with the Octo go. Since, not at all like such countless ladies’ complications that are simply scaled down men’s models, the Diva Finissima is most importantly a ladies’ watch.
If the Octo is the embodiment of smooth Italian virility, the Diva is its ladylike partner with genuine star claim. Like an Italian diva of the cinema, the 37mm 18k rose gold case is erotic and shapely and the bezel sparkles with huge splendid cut precious stones, remembering a faceted jewel for the crown. What was really astounding however was grasping the watch and finding how light and thin it felt.
However, what truly contribute this watch (and the whole Diva assortment) with its unmistakable character are the tightened, fan-molded lugs. Positioned at either end of the case, the two open fans are covered with snow-set jewels. Hanging on the left half of the case is an appeal designed like a smaller than expected fan to show the situation of the slider to initiate the minute repeater. The decision of rose gold, with its content of copper, is supposedly the best material for minute repeater cases and, given the modest extents and slimness of the watch, the sound it produces is astonishing.
A hint of Oriental charm
The dial is affectionately made utilizing the customary Japanese method of Urushi enamel. Urushi lacquering includes the utilization of at any rate ten layers of a plant-based finish over a time of a month. Following every meeting, the enamel is carefully cleaned with a cotton cushion and stag-horn powder. To make the brilliant spangles (Maki-e), gold residue is sieved through a bamboo shoot and sprinkled across the lacquered dial. Reasserting the glad Roman legacy of Bvlgari, the nine gold hour markers – interspersed with jewels – are suggestive of the platform of an exemplary section and are crossed at 6 o’clock by the movement of a little seconds counter.
A striking movement
The development fueling the hours, minutes, little seconds and minute repeater holds the current world record as the littlest and most slender development of its sort. Delivered in Bvlgari’s Swiss production in Le Sentier, the super meager hand-would type BVL 362 is comprised of 362 individual components and made its introduction on board the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 . What overwhelmed everyone (with the Octo and the new Diva) was the fresh and clear solid – on a standard with bigger, thicker minute repeaters – delivered by the watch as it tolled the hours, quarters and minutes on interest. Uncovered on the converse side of the case, type BVL 362 highlights wonderfully completed gold-plated spans with exquisite Geneva stripes and perlage, and a perspective on the gongs and the hammers.
The watch, which is a restricted version of ten pieces, comes with a dark crocodile tie and a rose gold collapsing catch set with jewels. When I had the chance to see it in the metal, I was educated that every one of the ten Diva Finissima Minute Repeaters had been sold not long after its divulging. An outstanding Italo-Swiss marriage, the Diva Finissima retails for EUR 190,000.