The single most complicated watch Bvlgari has presented
Since 2010, Bulgari has received several awards for its timepieces. Five out of six of their newest creations entered the final selection of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the world’s most prestigious watch awards. Now their latest creation is sure to get the same high recognition – the Bulgari Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar.
Bulgari always puts the highest amount of detail into each model, but this particular timepiece is the single most complicated product ever created by the brand. Unveiled in Rome in July and shown to journalists at a September event in Shanghai, the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar required more than a year of design work to be completed to their satisfaction.
Features include: Hours, Minutes, Tourbillon, Minute Repeater, Petite and Grande Sonnerie, Perpetual Calendar, Moonphases, and GMT function as well as movement and chime Power-Reserve indicators.
Equipped with four hammers, the in-house automatic calibre BVL 5307 sounds the hours, quarter-hours and minutes on demand. Beating at 3 Hz (21,600 vph), it offers a power reserve of 48 hours for the movement and 28 hours for the striking system.
Packaged in a 44 mm sandblasted 18-karat rose-gold case with a transparent caseback, the automatic model comes on a black alligator strap with an 18-karat rose-gold sandblasted folding clasp. Despite its complexity, Bulgari has seen fit to ensure the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.
This model is a one-off piece that represents the most challenging and prestigious watchmaking techniques – thus the high price as well. It was already sold to a collector in Asia for approximately $708,000.
While the Italian brand is often well recognized for exquisite jewelry… Bulgari has proven to proudly count itself among the greatest watchmakers of our modern era.