Insider: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbon. A Featherlight Masterpiece.

With a mere total thickness of 3.95 mm, the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic now in Carbon is the world's thinnest self-winding watch. Setting the fourth world record under the Octo Finissimo line, the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is simply incredible. The automatic movement equipped with a tourbillon follows the Octo Tourbillon Finissimo in 2014, the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 and last year’s Octo Finissimo Automatic. Bvlgari’s mastery of the art of watchmaking was duly acknowledged at last year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève which rewarded both the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton and the Octo Finissimo Automatic.

Things to Know About the Watch

Its complex, finely structured 40 mm ultra-light carbon case draws its strength and beauty from its remarkable design. The slimness of the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic Carbon is based on an ability to rethink, redesign and remodel volumes in the watch industry. Guarantee a combination of sturdiness and lightness, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbon redefines the frontiers of 'Haute Horlogerie'.

The slender case profile just a mere 3.95 mm thick is almost unfathomable. Its monocoque —one piece— construction is based on the principle well mastered by Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta in 1972 when the Royal Oak was launched with the same type of case construction. The winding crown on the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbon features a solid ceramic inlay and a small rectangular pusher on the case band at 4 o’clock that is utilized to engage or disengage the crown for time setting or winding purposes. A small black and red indicator on the movement will show whether the crown is set to set the time or wind the watch.

The Movement

The newly developed calibre BVL 288 handles automatic winding via an innovative and attractive peripheral oscillating weight made of white gold and titanium —the contrasting density of these two metals enables the circular weight to oscillate in a particularly regular manner— and positioned on the back of the movement. The movement also incorporates a flying tourbillon equipped with a ball bearing system contributing to the reduced thickness. Measuring just 1.95mm thick and endowed with a 52-hour power reserve when fully wound. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and this time for the Carbon model, the movement is fully visible via the display case back.

On the Wrist & Pricing

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Carbon wears slightly bigger than its actual size and more like a 42 mm watch. Due to its extremely light construction and slender profile, the watch barely feels like it's on your wrist. Its movement that serves as the dial of the watch, displays all of its components providing a real treat for the eyes as you check the time. An incredible looking piece of 'haute horlogerie' without the shocker price tag. The watch is available in a limited edition of only 50 pieces and is slightly higher priced than its titanium counterpart priced at $118K USD.

Sticker Price $130,000 USD. For more info on Bulgari click here.