As the Bulgari Octo Finissimo celebrates its ten-year anniversary, the originator of the design and the Phillips auction house have teamed to create the Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo, a limited edition model that echoes the collection’s monochromatic dial, thin octagonal case, and symmetric design elements.
Since Bulgari designs always reference Roman architecture, the new special edition also retains the Roman sense of geometric symmetry. Thus, around the center of the sand-blasted titanium dial, you’ll see a symmetric set of engraved markers with only the 12 and 6 breaking the pattern. The new watch eliminates the seconds subdial found in the historic Octo Finissimo design, a decision that highlights the full round dial within the eight-sided case.
“With this sectored dial design, our intent was to create a symmetry and pay tribute not only to Bulgari’s Italian roots but also to the great Italian architects and designers of the 20th century,” explains Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant, Bacs & Russo.
“By eschewing the small seconds counter, a first for this model, we wanted to draw the focus on the engraved dial with its large numerals and the chapter ring whose color sways from black to grey to bronze, depending on the lighting.”
The thin 40mm case and the bracelet are finished to match the dial in sand-blasted titanium.
Bulgari’s BVL 138 movement with a platinum micro-rotor (visible from the case back) powers the watch, offering an impressive 60-hour power reserve. The watch will be sold as a limited edition of fifty pieces via Phillips Watches.
Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo (Ref. 103709)
Movement: Extra-flat mechanical self-winding with platinum micro-rotor, Caliber BVL 138 (2.23 mm thick); 60-hour power reserve; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz).
Case: 40mm sand-blasted 40mm titanium, transparent case back with special engraving on the sapphire crystal on the reverse side, water-resistant to 30 meters.
Dial: Laser-engraved sand-blasted titanium.
Bracelet: Sandblasted titanium with integrated folding clasp.
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