The now classical Octo case, a trademark of Bulgari, features the same design elements as the other watches from the Finissimo collection. The multi-layered design is a game of shapes and forms. In a basic square, a complex polygon was cut to make place for the strap. The lugs are straight but feature a deep chamfered edge and steps. Its a harmonious integration of the strap and lugs into the entire watchs design. Another octagonal slim layer is used to keep the round bezel. While the crystal is round, the inner bezel is, faithful to the Octo base idea, another octagonal shape.
Despite the complex looking shape, with multi-faceted design, the Octos platinum case has only a two parts construction. The back case is held by eight polished head screws. The 40mm case is hiding the true nature of the precious metal with a lovely brushing of the watch face. The body is straight brushed, with the bezel featuring a circular brushing for a nice contrast. The passing from linear to circular brushing is done using the nicely polished intermezzo body-bezel. This element goes hand in hand with the polished chamfering of the lugs. The result is an awesome watch case. The case back is polished and bears a series of stamped information.
The platinum crown is decorated with a beautiful ceramic insert matching the black DLC finishes of the calibre. The crown construction is not only marvellous, it also permits an ease of use with a pleasant feeling for setting and winding.
The 5mm tall case has a water resistance of 30m, sufficient for accidental splash or washing but definitively not suitable for swimming. The wrist presence of the Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette is astounding. The watchs design and impressive numbers for size make the watch suitable for a wide range of wrists. It is by definition an elegant watch, easy enough not to bother, heavy enough not to forget that you wear it. Even the alligator strap had to be made especially thinner to have the proper look and feel. Octo Finissimo is a comfortable piece with an eye-catching look.
The dial is completely missing to make room for the raison dêtre of the watch the skeletonisation. And by making room we talk about highlighting the Tourbillon Squelette movement and not about the physical space. Bulgari name is printed on the back of the coated top sapphire.
The movement of the new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Squelette is the record-breaking, 32.60mm x 1.95mm, BVL268, passed through a process of skeletonization and decoration. The 52 hours power reserve is achieved with a 3Hz balance wheel.
To achieve this impressive numbers in terms of size and specification, the BVL268SK uses ball bearings. The traditional pivot was removed to reduce even more the thickness, the tourbillon cage being also mounted on small ceramic ball bearings.
The entire tourbillon appearance is from both sides interesting and attractive.
The mainspring barrels is also mounted with ball bearings. The entire design uses a total of 13 jewels, comparing with the traditional number of 17, as in a normal movement.
The Tourbillon Squelettes BVL268SK has 253 parts. Parts of the movement were skeletonised, like the baseplate to create mechanical poetry. The straight brushed main plate and bridges are coated with the black DLC. A high contrast is achieved with the circular satin-brushed gear wheels. The flying tourbillon with polished arms is highlighted, catching the main focus and making reasonable legibility at a glance of the dial.