Bulgari Sets New Record with the Launch of the World's Thinnest Mechanical Watch: The 1.70mm Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC

April 10, 2024 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC

Bulgari redefines the boundaries of precision and elegance in watchmaking with the unveiling of the Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC, now the world's thinnest mechanical watch at just 1.70mm in thickness. This remarkable feat was announced 2 days ago, setting a new standard in the fiercely competitive arena of ultra-thin timepieces.

The journey of ultra-thin watches has been a battleground for manufacturers, each striving to compress complex mechanisms into increasingly slender profiles. Bulgari's Octo Finissimo series has been at the forefront of this endeavor, previously setting a record in 2022 with the Octo Finissimo Ultra at 1.8mm. The title was briefly usurped by Richard Mille's RM UP-01, but Bulgari has now reclaimed its crown with the even thinner 1.70mm Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC.

Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC

The Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC is not just a triumph of design but also a technical masterpiece. In collaboration with movement specialist Concepto, Bulgari has pushed the limits of watchmaking, securing eight patents in the process. The meticulous assembly of each timepiece, taking about a week, underscores the precision and expertise involved in crafting such an extraordinary watch.

Innovatively, the caseback of the Finissimo Ultra serves as the movement's base plate, eliminating unnecessary layers and optimizing space. The watch features a unique display and utilizes two horizontal knobs for winding and time setting, a departure from the traditional crown. This design is complemented by a monochrome grey finish, with the latest model boasting a geometric pattern on the ratchet, replacing the previous QR code with a more discreet Datamatrix.

The Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC is not just a marvel of engineering; it is also a certified chronometer, ensuring its performance matches its aesthetic and technical brilliance. This distinction makes it the thinnest chronometer to date, a testament to Bulgari's commitment to excellence in both form and function.

Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC

Accompanying this extraordinary timepiece is a specially designed box with a digital interface for winding and setting the time, enhancing the user experience. This limited edition of just 20 pieces is priced at EUR 600,000, reflecting its exclusivity and the pinnacle of horological innovation it represents.

Bulgari also introduces a variant of the 1.80mm Octo Finissimo Ultra in tungsten carbide and platinum, featuring blue hour and minute dials, broadening the allure of its ultra-thin collection. For enthusiasts and collectors, the new Octo Finissimo Ultra COSC is not just a watch; it's a milestone in the art of watchmaking, inviting wearers to partake in Bulgari's exceptional journey into the ultra-thin.

For further information, please visit www.bulgari.com.

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