Throwback To The Thinnest Minute Repeater, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

By rolex
April 6, 2021
5 min read

Until you have it on your wrist it’s difficult to value exactly how meager the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater truly is. Presented back in 2016, it gauges a simple 6.85mm thick cased up, with the complicated development inside representing just 3.12mm of that. Via comparison, a British one pound coin is 3.15mm thick! However fascinating a model as it could be in any case, it was only one of those watches that for some explanation, we didn’t get an opportunity to cover in detail here on Monochrome. As is commonly said however, preferred late over never. So here – one year late – is our top to bottom, involved gander at the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater.

World Record(s) Holder

By all records, the estimations cited above are sufficient to definitively name the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater as the world’s most slender minute repeater now underway (back in the days, Genta built up a 2.72mm repeater development, which immediately demonstrated unreliable). This is no uncertainty an exceptionally great accomplishment all by itself yet what makes it truly amazing is the way that Bulgari likewise all the while holds the records for the world’s most slender tourbillon right now underway and the world’s most slender programmed development . As stunning as that sounds in any case, it bodes well when you stop to consider everything. Whenever you’ve built up the abilities needed to make slight developments, it’s simply coherent to misuse this expertise.

Bulgari CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin, repeated these opinions a year ago in a meeting with Robb Report following the dispatch of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater; “We’re expanding on ability we built up quite a while ago,” he said, alluding to the dispatch of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in 2014. “We are principally a women’s image and we attempt to locate the comparable in polish for a man, and it’s frequently an extremely meager watch.”

It’s reasonable then that these world records are not the aftereffect of accidental favorable luck yet rather broad arranging and long periods of innovative work. Remember that under long term back, Bulgari was still to a great extent considered an Italian gems brand whose watches were of practically no interest to haute horology experts. In a moderately brief timeframe that discernment has been completely changed, with the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater taking the title of world’s most slender minute repeater from Vacheron Contantin , perhaps the most celebrated names in Swiss watchmaking. Considerably more significantly, the company made a watch that was profoundly appealing to authorities in the process.

The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

The first thing you presumably saw about the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, other than the way that it is very slender, is that it doesn’t resemble a customary minute repeater. For a beginning, the 40mm wide case is produced using sand-impacted titanium, a material appropriate to this sort of use as it doesn’t hose the sound of the tolls however which has a fairly mechanical look to it. This is certainly not with regards to the refined platinum and white gold style of more conventional models, not that that is something awful using any and all means. By and by, I discover it fairly invigorating, as do numerous authorities it seems.

The really straightforward dial is likewise produced using titanium and highlights a period just presentation with little seconds appeared on a sub-dial at six o’clock. Beside the words “Repetition Minutes” printed just underneath the Bulgari name, there isn’t anything to recommend that this watch is especially amazing in any capacity. Of course, the cut-out hour markers and records look cool yet to the easygoing spectator it’s not quickly clear that this plan decision is in excess of a stylish one. As a general rule, this been attempted to help enhance the sound made by the tolling system underneath. The lone other sign that this watch may be something uncommon is the pusher situated at on the left-hand side of the case – fitted with an “win or bust” wellbeing gadget – which is liable for actuating the minute repeater complication.

In hate of its altogether present day looking outside be that as it may, the plan and development design of the type BVL 362 inside is shockingly customary. Obvious through the sapphire caseback, the development is comprised of 362 individual components and measures simply 3.12mm thick. It works at 3Hz (21,600bph) and offers a maximum force save of 42 hours, albeit tragically there is no force save pointer (space was along with some hidden costs all things considered!). To give you a thought of the extraordinary tender loving care needed in the outrageous scaling down of each component, the divergent strike lead representative has an absolute distance across of simply 3.3mm, including its two latency blocks. The development likewise utilizes a level spring barrel, just as a “hanging” origin barrel and crown wheel to eliminate the stature of the development as much as possible.

Produced in a restricted arrangement of only 50 pieces, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater was a rat achievement. Equipped for ringing the hours, quarter hours and minutes, the sound is fresh and clear and has opened-up what was normally seen as a customary complication to a totally different crowd. Introduced on a matte-dark vulcanized gator tie complete with a collapsing titanium fasten, it may very well be the most offbeat – also most slender – minute repeater you ever see.


Technical particulars – Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

  • Case: 40mm distance across x 6.85mm thick – titanium, sand-impacted – sapphire precious stone on the front and on the back with antireflective covering – Water impervious to 30m.
  • Movement: Caliber BLV362, in-house – manual winding – 28.50mm x 3.12mm – 42h power hold – 21’600 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, little seconds, minute repeater.
  • Bracelet: matte-dark vulcanized gator calfskin lash with collapsing titanium clasp.
  • Price: CHF 160,000, restricted creation of 50 pieces.