BVLGARI’s professional watchmaking image has become more and more deeply rooted in recent years. This is related to the resources invested by the brand in the development and creation of watches. The Bulgari watch factory currently has about 400 employees. , And its watchmaking base in the Swiss Jura Mountains has a clear division of labor. For example, the Saignelégier area is responsible for making case parts such as precious metals and stainless steel, La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop full-time faceplate creation, and Le Sentier is the cradle of the brand’s mechanical movement. As for the assembly, adjustment, and testing of watches, the processes are handed over to Neuchâtel’s watch factory and operation headquarters. In other words, Bulgari watches now have a vertically integrated production model and scale that only a few high-end watch factories have. In order to be self-sufficient, we continuously develop high-quality watch works.
Since 2014, Bulgari has successively created four proud records in the Octo Finissimo series, including the thinnest hand tourbillon, the thinnest hand bracelet, the thinnest automatic winding and the thinnest automatic tourbillon.
In the past, although Bulgari did not lack the strength to produce high-complex watches such as the Grande Sonnerie big self-sounding watch, it always made people feel that there are fewer signature features that can be immediately associated with it. Until 2014, this situation began to change; In that year, the brand launched the iconic Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, which created a new realm of ultra-thin tourbillon on the bracelet with an amazing thinness of 1.95mm. At that time, some people might think that this may be a brand’s fleeting work, but With the introduction of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater ultra-thin question in 2016, the Octo Finissimo Automatic ultra-thin automatic winding in 2017, and other works have been written over and over again, the rumors of recent doubt Obviously silenced, but turned into expectations for what new records Bulgari can set each year. Nowadays, the brand’s Octo Finissimo ultra-thin family is becoming more and more powerful. In addition to repeatedly breaking records, it is a bumper harvest in 2017-this series of automatic watches and bracelets with hollow skeleton tourbillon respectively won the best men’s watches in Geneva. The watch and the best tourbillon award, such a watchmaking level that is highly recognized by professional judges, is enough to prove that Bulgari’s research on ultra-thin craftsmanship in these years has indeed made its own.
The appearance of the watch is made of a new type of thermosetting epoxy composite material called carbon thin layer. In addition to the lamination and irregular texture, it also has an extremely lightweight effect.
The Octo Finissimo series has not stopped moving forward in 2018. For example, the new ultra-thin automatic tourbillon is equipped with a ring-shaped automatic disk, and the full thickness of the table is 3.95mm. It is the fourth ultra-thin record of Bulgari. New models have also been released on the bracelet skeleton watches; in addition, the brand also has an ultra-thin watch box masterpiece in 2018. It is the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon that has a completely new material and appearance. .
Even if the CTP material is changed, the Octo Finissimo minute repeater still maintains the same thinness of the case as before 2016. It is not only comfortable to wear, but even lighter.
For the research and development of the case material, Bulgari was more traditional in the traditional high-end watch route. Its main material does not include precious metals and entry-level stainless steel. Only titanium or ceramic materials occasionally appear to increase the visibility of the watch. This time, Octo Finissimo The minute repeater changes the newly-developed technology material, and the surprise may be no less than the thin repeater record of the minute repeater written three years ago. Compared with general minute repeaters, Octo Finissimo minute repeaters need to consider a wider range of aspects when making the case. In addition to finding a material suitable for the sound transmission of the questionnaire, and whether the material itself is suitable for Octo multi-facets (representing complex and difficult) Production) design is an additional topic. After a long period of research and development, Bulgari has created an extremely thin carbon fiber material, a thermosetting epoxy resin called Carbon Thin Ply (CTP), and applied it to Octo Finissimo Minute repeater’s case, face plate and bottom cover. Among them, the only crown is made of DLC titanium. The appearance of the carbon thin layer can be perceived by the appearance of the All Black effect, but the surface texture of the CTP is more impressive than the impression. The orderly and overlapping traditional carbon fiber is different, especially the color of the face plate will show irregular irregularities after light exposure, which makes this ultra-thin minute question look very modern technology style. Different from the 2016 titanium version, the Octo Finissimo minute repeater is replaced with a chain strap design. The chain strap is also made of CTP material. It looks more casual overall and has a higher degree of fit.
The BVL 362 movement is composed of 362 parts. Although the structure is complex, the thickness can be controlled at 3.12mm. One of the amazing meticulous designs and exquisite craftsmanship of Bulgari
As for the original features of the Octo Finissimo minute repeater, the details of the original minute repeater are still kept. For example, the structure of the BVL 362 hand-wound movement is only 3.12mm thick. In order to make full use of space, it is like a centrifugal adjustment of the timekeeping system. The speeder is equipped with two balance weights in the 3.3mm size. At the same time, the face plate discards the inlay of the time mark parts, and Bvlgari further hollows out the time mark and the edge of the small second dial to save Space. Secondly, after brand research, such a design can actually make up for the lack of resonance space caused by the thinness. This is the key to the Octo Finissimo minute repeater being so thin but still able to deliver clear and pleasant time. In addition, the timepiece starter of the watch is not a traditional common lever type. Although this design has been around for many years, it is relatively difficult to take into account the waterproof function. In addition to being easier to operate, it can also enhance the waterproof effect of the watch.
The thickness of the watch is only 6.85mm. In addition, the carbon thin layer material is not only lightweight. Its sound transmission effect gives the Octo Finissimo minute repeater a melodious timepiece.
Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater changing the CTP material is not just focusing on differences in lighter weight or more attractive appearance than titanium. In fact, this type of polymer also has excellent acoustic characteristics. The internal and external structure design makes it have both the first and foremost timekeeping effect of the watch and the ultra-slim appearance of the entire watch only 6.85mm; more specifically, the newly launched CTP material is very lightweight, coupled with an ultra-thin complex movement The weight is also relatively light, making the weight of the entire watch only 47g, so light that it is hard to imagine that this is actually the weight of the watch! Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon has broken people’s traditional impression of the questionnaire on many levels, and is committed to turning the impossible into possible. It is also the best portrayal of the brand’s continuous connotation of the professional watch in recent years.
Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon
CTP carbon thin layer material / BVL 362 manual winding movement / hour, minute, small seconds display / minute question function / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 10 meters / table diameter 40mm / limited to 50 pieces only ** **