If you are going to spend a princely sum on a timepiece, you in all probability need one thing large, heavy, and complex that will not go unnoticed in your wrist. Which is why the brand new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Extremely is such an odd duck. It is engineered to vanish in your wrist. The matte grey arm chronometer simply claimed the report for the world’s thinnest mechanical watch,
Like digital digicam megapixels, vehicular horsepower, or the variety of polygons a sport console can render on display in actual time, there’s an ongoing struggle amongst luxurious watchmakers in the case of making mechanical wristwatches. Not like megapixels and horsepower and polygons, which go up, watchmakers try to pack a watch into as few millimeters as attainable. That report was held by Piaget, whose Altiplano Final Idea watch impressed the horological neighborhood again in 2018 with a thickness of simply two millimeters. 4 years later, Bulgari has snatched that crown from Piaget’s head with its new Octo Finissimo Extremely, which measures simply 1.88 mm thick. For comparability, a normal US quarter is 1.75 mm, and two stacked bank cards is available in at 1.52 mm.
Not like the Piaget Altiplano Final Idea, which was, because the identify implies, only a idea and too frail to be worn and used day after day, Bulgari is definitely producing 10 of the Octo Finissimo Ultras, which embrace a extremely seen QR code on the face that hyperlinks to NFT artworks supposed for use as authentication for each bit.
To shrink all the pieces down that skinny, Bulgari’s watchmakers needed to combine the entire Octo Finissimo Extremely’s 170 elements into the watch’s case as a substitute of putting in the mechanical components one after the other, To make the timepiece sturdy sufficient to not bend and flex like a bank card, its 40 mm-wide case is constructed from sandblasted titanium, whereas the again is constructed from tungsten carbide: a cloth that is additionally used to make industrial drill bits.
Not like a extra conventional, perpendicularly mounted crown on the aspect of the watch, the wearer adjusts the time and winds the spring that powers the mechanical motion with two equally skinny thumbwheels positioned on both aspect. On a full wind, the Octo Finissimo Extremely has a 50 hour energy reserve.
And imagine it or not, even with a price ticket of round $440,000 (€400,000), Bulgari will in all probability haven’t any bother promoting each final one.