Bulgari Sets World Record with the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic

Bulgari Sets World Record with the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic

March 25, 2019

In a word, Bulgari style is unexpected.

For more than a century, its designs have cast aside the old in search of what is next. Fearless designs move boldly into new territory, forever challenging themselves to be more daring, more beautiful, more sublime.

True to form, Bulgari has replicated this spirit with its exceptional timepieces, and is at the forefront of a new Rinascimento (Renaissance) that breaks the mold of Swiss watchmaking, rewriting the rules for contemporary watches with every debut. As does one of the highlights from Baselworld 2019: the new Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic taking home a fifth world record.

Bulgari’s latest designs champion boundless creativity, leveraging the unique heritage of the Roman jeweler to create iconic modern timepieces. “Our capability of fusing edgy, magnificent Italian design with the ultimate Swiss engineering and craftsmanship — this is why I talk about Rinascimento from Bulgari. It is truly a revolution of design and technology,” says Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari.

The saga of Octo Finissimo reaches a new pinnacle with its setting of a fifth world record — for the thinnest ever mechanical chronograph in watchmaking history. The most extraordinary breakthrough is that it is an automatic with GMT function and a record-setting 3.3mm thinness i.e. the thinnest than the insofar existing flat automatic chronograph movements.

This integrated movement is another demonstration of Bulgari’s skills in haute horlogerie. With a manufactured integrated movement that displays the classical chronograph functions, it also has a GMT function that allows one to set the local time with a button at 9 o’clock. The home time is indicated on the subdial at 3 o’clock: graduated on 24 hours, it indicates day or night. The chronograph minutes counter is positioned at 6 o’clock, while the small seconds counter is at 9 o’clock. This exquisite creation rewinds automatically thanks to its peripheral mass.

The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic represents the fifth element for the collection — in other words, it is the quintessence of Octo, a perfect fusion of design and technology in a remarkably thin body. Neither round nor square, Octo has created its own codes since it was first released and, with its Finissimo collection, helped launch the industry trend for ultra-thin watches.