Image: Bulgari's record breaking Octo Finissimo Ultra watch Source: Bulgari

Ultra-thin Bulgari Watch Sets New World Record

Luxury Italian brand, Bulgari has unveiled its latest and final timepiece in the world record-breaking Octo Finissimo collection. Following in the steps of the collection’s previous pieces, the Octo Finissimo Ultra has achieved a new world record, this time as the world’s thinnest mechanical watch with a thickness of just 1.8mm.

Released in time for the 10th anniversary of the Octo collection, the watch is the eighth of the brand’s timepieces to achieve a world record, with just the collection itself, boasting over 60 international awards.

Image: The ultra thin Octo Finissimo Ultra Source: Bulgari

The watch is the latest in the brand’s work on ultra-miniaturisation and the timepiece has successfully surpassed the previous record holder, Piaget’s Ultra-Thin Altiplano with its 2mm thickness. Taking over three years to create, the watch is the result of a collaboration between in-house watchmakers at Bulgari and movement specialist, Concepto.

The innovation of the watchmakers meant that many of the timepiece’s features have been specially developed for its thin measurements. Some parts serve two purposes to save space, and others were developed to fit the size at hand. Notably, the BVL Caliber 180 has been built into the tungsten carbide case back and the dial not only shows the time indication but holds other parts in place as well.

Image: The ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Ultra from the side Source: Bulgari

The timepiece also boasts some particularly stand out technical features, including a QR code that’s engraved on the large ratchet wheel. The code offers the owner a link to an exclusive NFT artwork and adds information to the story behind the watch and its history.

And with a monochrome colour scheme, sandblasted titanium middle, bezel and lugs and integrated titanium bracelet, the watch is as stylish as it is innovative.

Image: The ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Ultra from the back Source: Bulgari

The timepiece’s ultra exclusivity is its other notable feature, with just ten models available to purchase. However, buying this record-breaker will be limited to those who can afford the breathtaking retail price of A$584,906.

Keep up with the luxury watch market and read the latest about the Omega x Swatch collaboration, Sir Michael Caine’s Record-Breaking Personal Collection and the Secondhand Luxury Watch Market.

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