With no less than four world record for slimness added to its repertoire, we believed that Bvlgari planned to settle down and make the most of its acknowledgment as a definitive expert of ultra-thin… But we weren’t right! As of recently, the title for the thinnest chronograph watch (comprehend mechanical, obviously) was in the possession of Piaget, with this 8.24mm thick watch . For Baselworld 2019, Bvlgari sets one more world record – the fifth to be exact. If it’s not too much trouble, welcome the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph, with a 6.90mm case and a development of simply 3.30mm, making it the thinnest chronograph on the planet – and indeed, it is automatic and it includes a GMT Complication… No less!
Thinness, Bvlgari and Chronograph
Before moving to the top story, which means the record for the world’s thinnest chronograph and this new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph, a brisk token of what Bvlgari has done in the field of super dainty watchmaking may be useful.
Back in 2014, Bvlgari entered the race for super slim watches, beginning with a work of art, the thinnest tourbillon , otherwise called the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon and its 5mm thick case and a development of simply 1.95mm. In 2016, on account of the information acquired with the Gérald Genta make, Bvlgari figured out how to dispatch the thinnest minute repeater , a watch with a 6.85mm profile and a development of simply 3.12mm. After these complication watches, Bvlgari moved to more available pieces and dispatched the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the thinnest automatic watch (for a couple of months, as Piaget came our with 910P later in 2017 ), a 3-hand automatic watch of 5.15mm thick and a development of 2.23mm. At last, a year ago at Baselworld 2018, the Roman brand dispatched the noteworthy, modern Octo Finissimo Automatic Tourbillon , the world’s thinnest automatic watch and tourbillon observe at any point made – with a paper-slim 3.95mm case and a 1.95mm development with a fringe rotor. The record for the thinnest mechanical watch stays in the possession of Piaget, with the Altiplano Ultimate Concept and its 2mm meager case – be that as it may, it has not been commercialized.
The advancement of super dainty chronograph complications had been lethargic for a long time. Super dainty chronographs have never been famous, for numerous reasons. In any case, a chronograph requires numerous parts and needs space and is amazingly complex to create – consequently the motivation behind why such countless brands depend on Valjoux or ETA. What’s more, if a brand builds up a development inside, slimness is once in a while the objective. This is the reason the thinnest mechanical chronograph had been the Piguet 1180, a 3.95mm thick hand-wound development introduced in 1987 – which is the hand-twisted form of the notable automatic type 1185.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Piaget accepted the chronograph complication and dispatched the Altiplano Chronograph Flyback with hand-wound type 883P. With its thickness of 8.24mm, it is (indeed, it was) the thinnest chronograph accessible available. However, its 4.65mm-thick development wasn’t the thinnest at any point made. In any case, remember that it has a segment wheel engineering and it includes a flyback and a GMT work. Not awful by any stretch of the imagination. Notwithstanding, there’s another competitor on the square: the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
Without limiting Bvlgari’s accomplishment with this new super flimsy chronograph – it is impartially stunning – this new watch comes as a half-shock. It was simply a question of time for Bvlgari to accept the chronograph complication and to offer one more record-breaking meager watch. What is more noteworthy isn’t the actual record, yet the edge between the past watch and this one… We’re talking about a decrease of 1.34mm compared to the generally great elements of the Piaget. To add to the accomplishment, Bvlgari has the thinnest chronograph watch as well as the thinnest chronograph development, whether hand-wound or automatic.
The base of the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is notable now, and the formula is essentially equivalent to what was utilized on the 2017 automatic model . Plan shrewd, this new chronograph adaptation is altogether in accordance with the remainder of the Octo Finissimo watches, affirming the brand’s choice to make a whole assortment of super meager watches.
The instance of the Octo Finissimo Chronograph includes the sharp, present day and unique plan of the other models, with various features and points – and generally speaking, a watch that can be portrayed as an extravagance sports watch. The 42mm case (an expansion of 2mm compared to the automatic model) is as yet molded out of sandblasted titanium, giving it a smooth, secrecy look with a monochromatic, matte delivering. It is, for the occasion, just accessible in this material, with an incorporated titanium wristband. Steel and gold choices, just as leather lashes, will absolutely follow later. The case, because of the extraordinary slimness, is simply water-impervious to 30 metres.
As with the remainder of the assortment, the case is very light on the wrist making the rather abnormal impression of not wearing a watch. With the expansion of a chronograph work, the case has two additional pushers on the correct side (traditionally situated) for the beginning stop-reset capacities. Likewise, as you may have seen, there’s a third pusher situated at 9 o’clock, which serves for the change of the neighborhood time region (the fundamental, focal hour hand) by one-hour increases. When pulling the crown, both the subsequent time region (home time) and the focal hour hand (neighborhood time) are adjusted.
As for the dial, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic adheres to the codes of its family DNA, with a strong sandblasted titanium dial and dark engravings, markers and hands. Nothing unexpected either in the manner the chronograph is shown. Super dainty doesn’t mean an absence of neatness. Signs are normally situated, with hours and minutes in the middle, little seconds at 9 o’clock, focal chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock and second time region at 3 o’clock – a pleasant expansion, the GMT complication positively is the most useful element of an advanced watch.
Let’s currently move to record-breaking components. With a stature of simply 6.90mm, the instance of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is the thinnest ever for a chronograph. It is traditionally developed, with a bezel, a sapphire precious stone on top and a transparent caseback. This super dainty accomplishment is basically because of the advancement of the automatic type BVL 318, with an amazing 3.30mm profile.
To accomplish such slenderness, the development is twisted by a fringe rotor rather than a halfway mounted swaying weight or a miniature rotor – two arrangements that unavoidably add thickness. Being situated incidentally, the automatic winding doesn’t add a solitary millimeter to the development. Notwithstanding that, the enormous measurement of the development (37.2mm, compared to, for example, 30mm on a 7750) partakes in the slimness of the motor – more space evenly implies less thickness on a vertical plane.
Concerning the actual chronograph, Bvlgari went for a rather old style design with a section haggle grip – the silk completed part on the development, over the equilibrium wheel, which is route more slender than a more present day vertical grasp (despite the fact that an in fact further developed construction).
Even however incredibly slim, the BVL 318 type stays current and ground-breaking, with a 4Hz recurrence and a comfortable 55-hour power hold. Completing is commonplace Bvlgari, with dainty Geneva stripes and machined slanted extensions. The view through the caseback is wonderful, on account of the fringe rotor that doesn’t shroud the movement.
Overall, this Baselworld 2019 Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is another amazing advancement by the Roman brand, which affirms its matchless quality in the field of super meager. Aside from the thinnest mechanical watch and the thinnest interminable schedule , there are relatively few slimness records that don’t have a place with Bvlgari… The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic will be evaluated at CHF 16,500. More subtleties at www.bulgari.com .