Game on! The race between Bvlgari and Piaget to demonstrate who can produce the thinnest watch on the planet proceeds. At Baselworld 2017, Bvlgari presented the Octo Finissimo Automatic , a genuine extravagance sports watch with a strong plan and the thinnest automatic development available. At the SIHH 2018, Piaget trumpeted not one, but rather two world records: the thinnest mechanical watch ever and the thinnest automatic watch . Baselworld 2018 has opened its entryways and Bvlgari establishes two new precedents in a solitary watch: the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch and the world’s thinnest automatic watch. Meet the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic – and indeed, it is paper slight, at 3.95mm thick.
Although Piaget got up to speed in the race for super slim at the SIHH 2018, Bvlgari wasn’t shy of record-meager watches. Regardless of whether Bvlgari’s title for the thinnest automatic watch was tested by Piaget with its Altiplano Ultimate Automatic 910P – a 4.30mm thick watch with a fringe automatic winding framework – Bvlgari was as yet the holder of two records: the thinnest moment repeater watch and the thinnest tourbillon development . All things considered, at Baselworld 2018, the Rome-based brand crushes two records – an individual record and one recently held by Piaget. It appears to be that the two companies are in a condition of open fighting – a war that is both friendly, authentic and helpful for the whole business. The war isn’t over yet and Bvlgari has recently won another battle.
With the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, the brand sets up another world record for the thinnest automatic watch – vanquishing the 4.30mm Piaget – and for the thinnest tourbillon watch. The tourbillon record is somewhat trickier. At the point when it dispatched the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in 2015 , Bulgari set the precedent for the thinnest tourbillon development, yet not for the thinnest tourbillon watch. This was as yet held by Audemars Piguet, with the 1986 reference 25643 and Ultra Thin Automatic Tourbillon Caliber 2870 , which was simply 4.8mm thick. With the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic estimating 3.95mm and its development 1.95mm (equivalent to the 2015 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon , regardless of whether the development is presently automatic), there are no questions any longer. Bvlgari aces the territory of super slight watches.
How did Bvlgari accomplish these two records? With the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, the brand had to discover specialized arrangements in the general (development and case) to accomplish this level of thinness, yet without modifying the brand’s signature Octo plan. The development utilized is a similar base as the 2015 Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Hand-Wound – same stuff train, same controlling organ, same plan for the scaffolds and plates, same in general development and the same thickness of 1.95mm. However, it is presently outfitted with a self-winding mechanism.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic handles automatic winding by means of an in fact progressed fringe swaying weight situated on the rear of the development. It is made of white gold and aluminum, two metals whose differentiating thickness empowers the round weight to sway in an especially ordinary way. To acquire in toughness and in slenderness, both the flying tourbillon and the fringe rotor are outfitted with a metal ball framework – those for the rotor are noticeable on the dial side at 1, 5 and 9 o’clock. The rear of the watch, to diminish thickness, has been modified and now just shows a little gap for the tourbillon and a part of the fringe rotor.
Besides being record-dainty, the development of the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic offers a comfortable force save of 52 hours, is agreeably beautified and built in a rather conventional way – implying that, on the in spite of Piaget’s development, where the principle plate of the development is the situation back, Bvlgari actually depends on a completely free movement.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic likewise stays consistent with the notable Octo Finissimo design presented in 2014. Its 42mm case, estimating 3.95mm in tallness, is made of sandblasted titanium with a coordinating arm band. The intense case has no less than 110 features and many sharp points. However, this is compensated by the most extreme slimness of the case and arm band, offering a more rich feel on the wrist than you would expect at first.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, as the world’s thinnest tourbillon and thinnest automatic watch, is a genuine show-stopper, which by and by establishes the pace for future turns of events. The watchmaking business is as of now a combat area, yet one that can bring amazingly alluring outcomes. For the first time ever, we can say that contention is an agreeable option.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic will be a restricted version of 50 pieces, valued at CHF 120,000 or EUR 125,000. More subtleties on bulgari.com .