Plug “finissimo” into Google translate and you’ll discover that it’s Italian for “superfine.” You’ll be hard pressed to find a better description of Bulgari’s new Octo Finissimo Chronograph. The watch is a slender 6.9mm thick. In a day of thick, oversized watches, the Finissimo is a surprise. The case is made of sandblasted titanium with a titanium dial and a matching titanium bracelet. It measures 42mm edge to edge.
Inside that surprisingly thin case is a Caliber BVL 318, which, of necessity, is even thinner, measuring only 3.3mm thick. Both thickness measurements set records, with the movement being the thinnest automatic chronograph ever made. What’s even more surprising is that even with such a thin mechanism, the watch still has GMT functions.
To get things down to such a thin state, Bulgari replaced the traditional rotor with a peripheral rotor made of solid platinum. That adjustment increased the diameter but kept the body thin. Changing to local time is accomplished by pushing the button located at 9:00. Home time is measured by the subdial at 3:00, which uses a graduated 24-hour scale.
At 6:00, you’ll find the minutes counter. The watch may be thin, but the power reserve is not, coming in at an impressive 55 hours.
The Finissimo continues Bulgari’s streak of setting records. In each of the last five years, they’ve set new records for the different watches they’ve made, which makes for a “grandissimo” trophy case.