Quite an interesting take on a familiar design, nailing the black-on-black aesthetics.
We’ve already seen a black ceramic version of the Octo Finissimo Automatic, but this time the main visual trick lies in the combination of matte sandblasted surfaces with the polished ones. The idea, as we see it, is to make each detail more pronounced when reflecting the light, thus adding a bit of playfulness to the black-on-black aesthetics, not uncommon in modern watchmaking. And hey, say what you want, but producing ceramic cases measuring 5.5mm in thickness is not an easy task, so from the technical perspective Bvlgari deserves some extra praise anyway.
As you can imagine, ceramic here is literally everywhere including the 40-mm case, the integrated bracelet and the dial. The overall image is so posh and modern that it lands somewhere beyond the usual casual-dressy paradigm, allowing the watch to be easily dressed up or down, depending on the circumstances. Avoid getting it wet though, the water resistance rating here is basic 30 meters.
Driven by the thin in-house automatic movement BVL138 beating at 3 Hz frequency, this Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic indicates time via two central hands and small seconds at 7 o’clock. The power reserve is 60 hours, and of course all the mechanical action is perfectly visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The price for Octo Finissimo Automatic ref.103368 is CHF 14,900.
Feb. 13, 2020