You’re taking a gander at a watch that all the while breaks three world’s records. It’s the world’s most slender programmed watch, it’s the world’s most slender programmed tourbillon, and it’s the world’s most slender tourbillon, period. One of these records was as of recently held by Bulgari itself, one was set up by Audemars Piguet in 1986, and the different was set up by Piaget at the 2017 SIHH; each of the three records are presently held by a solitary watch, which also isn’t a model or idea watch – it will be accessible as a customary creation model.
I need to concede that this was a to some degree startling turn of events, to say the least. A watch this flimsy is clearly an enormous specialized accomplishment, and even more so in light of the fact that this is certainly not an erratic; all things considered, it is proposed to be worn and to face the afflictions of day by day use. It’s regularly minimal appreciated exactly what a hole there is between showing a kinda-sorta-working model and a completely homologated, road prepared wristwatch yet it’s a major one, greater still when you’re discussing complicated watches. The new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is fueled by the new type BVL 288, a self-winding flying tourbillon development just 1.95mm thick – and the whole watch is a simple 3.95mm thick in general, which would sound crazy on the off chance that it weren’t likewise impeccably true.
Bulgari, for this situation, had a strong beginning stage: their Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, and its 1.95mm thick type BVL 268. That watch set another precedent for super dainty tourbillons in 2014, which went unchallenged up to this point; the hand-wound Octo Finissimo tourbillon is, by and large, simply 5mm thick. This is extensively more slender than some other tourbillon underway today – the past record holder was the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377, which is 7mm thick by and large, and which utilizes a fringe rotor.
The record for most slender self-winding watch was some time ago held by the Piaget Altiplano Automatic with type 910P, which turned out in 2017 . The whole watch is simply 4.30mm thick, and utilizations the rear of the watch case itself as the development baseplate. This is the very designing arrangement that was first utilized in 1986 by Audemars Piguet, for its reference 25643BA, which correspondingly utilized the case back for the programmed type 2870. Obviously, Bvlgari actually held the record for the most slender self-twisting watch with a traditional development – the Octo Finissimo Automatique, from 2017, which is 5.15mm thick, with the 2.23mm thick BVL 138. This is a miniature rotor type; the record for most slender full-rotor programmed is as yet held right up ’til today by the Audemars Piguet type 2120, at 2.45mm.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo type BVL 288, front, with metal ball upheld flying tourbillon. The pusher at 4:00 is important for a security framework that permits you to utilize the crown for setting the time; this is fundamental on the grounds that the development is level to such an extent that the stem lies in a similar plane as the fringe rotor.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo type BVL 288, back, showing the white gold and aluminum swaying mass.
The reference 25643BA from AP is a surprising accomplishment. Back in 1986, its plan was progressive (and in an intriguing turn, really acquired from a super slight quartz watch ). It was in general 4.8mm thick. It utilized a sledge winding framework; the mallet swung through a bend, as opposed to a round trip. This record – for the most slender programmed tourbillon ever (it was additionally the primary programmed tourbillon, incidentally) was whole as of not long ago – a stunning run of 32 years.
Steps in the gathering of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic and Caliber BVL 288.
Assembly of the BVL 288; appeared, top plate (back of the movement).
Placing type BVL 288 in its case.
Assembly and change of dial side (base plate) components.
Placing the bezel and crystal.
Inspection of clearances of the hands and crystal.
The completed, cased watch, fit to be mated to its bracelet.
So what we have here is the world’s most slender programmed tourbillon, most slender tourbillon of any sort, and most slender programmed wristwatch of any sort. Furthermore, this time, there are no admonitions of the “in current creation” assortment – in each classification, this is the most slender watch of that class ever made.
The caseback gap mirrors the entryway of the Bulgari Via Condotti shop in Rome. A completely straightforward caseback would have been fabulous, however would not have been steady with creating an adequately inflexible case.
Now, this normally brings up the issue of what records stay to be broken. Indeed, the most slender watch with an expectedly planned development, for one; that is as yet held by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the 3.6mm thick generally speaking Master Ultra Thin Squelette . The record for most slender full rotor programmed still stands, and has since 1967: the AP type 2120, at 2.45mm thick. What’s more, the record for most slender programmed development, and thinnest hand twisted development, to at any point go into ordinary creation is as yet held by the Jean Lasalle types 1200 (hand wound, 1.2mm) and types 2000 (miniature rotor, 2.0mm). About the last mentioned, there are reservations one could communicate; they were famously inconsistent and “overhauling” on account of those developments was pretty much inseparable from “disposing of for another one.” However, in fact, their records actually stand . What’s more, the most slender mechanical watch ever? That record is as yet held by the Piaget Ultimate Concept – however once more, that isn’t a piece available to be purchased, yet rather, an idea watch.
The type BVL 288 offers a great deal of the development of the first type BVL 268 yet plainly, there is much more to what we have here than simply the expansion of a programmed winding framework. We’ll be getting significantly more profoundly into the specialized side of the contrasts between the two types and the two watches, yet until further notice there’s no uncertainty that on a great deal of levels, there’s another sheriff in town.
Model: Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
Case Material: Sandblasted titanium
Dial: Skeletonized open dial
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Sandblasted titanium arm band with triple collapsing clasp
Caliber: BVL 288
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Winding: Automatic with fringe rotor
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Valuing & Availability
Limited Edition: 50 pieces
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