The Horological Adventures of Mr. Nice Watch: Bulgari


I visited the Bulgari Store in Frankfurt yesterday, checking out the Octo Finissimo collection. I was happy to put my hands on the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic in titanium . . .

Bulgari says the $13,900 Octo Finissimo was inspired by the Maxentius Basilica, built by the Romans in 310 A.D. using the most advanced engineering techniques known. Maybe an American stop sign had something to do with it.

When Bulgari introduced the ultra-thin Octo Finissimo back in 2017 it was the world’s thinnest self-winding watch (5.15mm). A year later, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P stole its crown. There’s no sense splitting hairs: the Finnissimo is still an extremely elegant watch.

At the first glance I thought “This is must be a prototype! The hands are painted onto the dial.“ Then I spied the sweeping seconds hand at 7 o’clock and noticed that the flat piece was actually moving. Belissima Finissimo! 

I’m not usually a fan of titanium watches. A watch that lacks heft doesn’t feel valuable to me. For the wafer-thin Bulgari Octo Finissimo, the lightweight material was the perfect choice. Although the same basic design is available in steel and gold, the titanium’s slate grey gives the former record holder an understated appeal.

With its edges and angles, the 40mm Finissimo’s overall shape looks quite new and contemporary. TBH, the watch exceeded my expectations. Mr. Nice Watch didn’t add it to his collection, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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