Once I began out on my watch gathering journey, I spent just a few years “accumulating” very completely different watches. Then a sample emerged, and I recognized moon part watches as my first actual “gathering” theme. Life occasions and romanticised beliefs led me to develop a second theme of GMT watches a few decade later. Then, in late 2019, after 5 years of writing about watches in knowledgeable capability, I consciously began a 3rd theme of shopping for one iconic case design from every watch model.
4 watches and two years into this third theme, I made a decision to chunk the bullet and simply purchase the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT I’ve at all times needed, since seeing it for the primary time at (the now-defunct) Baselworld in 2019. It’s a logical buy for me as a result of it suits not solely the enduring case design theme but in addition the GMT one; truthfully, I didn’t fairly care about its record-breaking slimness. To me, this watch deserved my hard-earned cash due to the impeccable approach the chronograph and GMT features had been joined on such an emblematic canvas.
This glossy timepiece gives a lot performance regardless of its minimalistic guise. At first look, one could rationally assume that this Octo Finissimo is a traditional tricompax chronograph, however the subdial at 3 o’clock is in truth a 24-hour show that you may set through the crown. When touchdown out of the country, all it’s good to do is press the flat button on the left aspect of the case as many instances as wanted to align the central hour hand with native time. On the opposite aspect of the case, two extra flat buttons controlling the chronograph operation flank the crown as if they’re crown guards. It provides me pleasure simply to have a look at how these buttons are so built-in into the case whereas additionally echoing its varied angles and aspects.
As technical specs are publicly obtainable, I’ll reduce to the chase and head straight to my possession expertise: I like sporting this watch (It’s potential to take pleasure in some watches, but really feel uncomfortable sporting them, so Ruckdee is just not being totally facetious – Ed). It could be slim at 6.90mm, however it isn’t small with a diameter of 42mm. The presence on the wrist is additional substantiated by the bracelet, which is 30mm extensive the place it meets the architectural magnificence that’s the case. And, with every hyperlink being small, it’s potential to dimension the bracelet to an ideal cosy match, which isn’t the case for a lot of bracelet watches with a hid clasp.
I’m as comfy sporting the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT with a full enterprise go well with as with denims and different informal put on. The sartorial compatibility right here is easy. The watch will look good even with tennis put on, however I’ve extra rugged watches for out of doors actions. I purchased this Bulgari to put on once I need to look subtle and cultured. Since I picked it up in July, it has joined me on enterprise journeys to South Korea, Switzerland and Singapore. It’s not a flashy watch in any respect, not with its sandblasted titanium aesthetics. Nonetheless, this Octo Finissimo watch piques the curiosity of these within the know (unstated right here is that Ruckdee dared to put on his watch in Europe, which is spectacular – Ed).
I’ve obtained compliments on my Octo Finissimo from a handful of gents from the resort, airline and watch industries, and some of my worldwide watch journalist buddies have requested to attempt the watch on. The expertise may very well be likened to driving sure vehicles in a rustic the place the automaker has but to ascertain an official dealership. Persons are interested by your buy, and they’re to listen to in regards to the rationale behind your choice. This may increasingly go away in just a few years when there are extra Octo watches on extra wrists on the market.
By way of efficiency, the watch does all the pieces as marketed in a legible and dependable approach. Its platinum peripheral rotor has no drawback constructing the facility reserve in any respect. Price is secure however my specific instance ought to have been higher adjusted. As it’s, the watch is about six seconds sluggish per day when worn and the facility reserve is excessive. Nonetheless, if I go away it in any stationary place whereas the facility reserve can be low, it may be as sluggish as 13 seconds per day which is totally unacceptable to me. So I’ll have this adjusted to the quick aspect below guarantee when I’ve the time.
The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT is an nearly excellent watch; little may have been executed to enhance its design or performance. Maybe, for the subsequent technology of this watch, Bulgari can contemplate having two pushers on the left aspect of the case to regulate native time hour hand ahead and backward. That shall be nice, though the present setup of adjusting ahead solely is just not inconvenient by any normal. Additionally, if the subdial at 9 o’clock can function a 12-hour totaliser as a substitute of the continual second hand, the watch shall be much more helpful in actual life the place the chronograph perform is worried.
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