This feature was produced in partnership with Bvlgari.
Many of the world’s most famous luxury fashion houses make watches, but most of their offerings aren’t very impressive. It is a fashion accessory. Status Codes – Not serious pieces of watchmaking.
Bvlgari is a notable exception. No other luxury house has invested as much in watchmaking as the Romanian brand, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading forces in High quality watch making without line. In particular, Bvlgari’s Octo Finissimo line has been the subject of many watchmaking firsts, as the world’s thinnest mechanical chronograph and world’s thinnest minute repeater.
Speaking of minute repeaters, Bvlgari kicked off 2022 with fanfare at LVMH Watch Week, unveiling a boatload of exquisite watchmaking creations – including the incredibly innovative and exceptionally luxurious minute repeaters that reaffirm Bvlgari’s position as an innovator and innovator.
First, we have the new Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon watch (ref. 103627), which throws out several conventions associated with minute repeaters. For those who need revitalization, the repeater is a time-push-button complication. The minute repeater precisely harmonizes the time down to the minute, using separate tones for the hours, quarter hours, and minutes.
Minute repeaters are one of the most traditional and complex watch complications – so the watches they include tend to be very conservative in design. This was not the case with the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon. Both the case and the dial (which is actually the top plate of the inner manual coil BVL428 caliber) designed to maximize sound propagation: in particular, the case and back scope feature unique recesses designed to further spread sound.
Usually Bvlgari are masters of the resource – one has only to think of the elegantly hidden dials of the Serpenti Misteriosi family of watches – so to see the opposite approach taken with this watch is surprising and refreshing.
Furthermore, the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon features a 72-hour power reserve, a huge pride of the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and is made of platinum (with case strap and titanium back elements). A limited edition of 30 pieces, this is an incredibly exquisite and luxurious watch that reminds us that Bvlgari does not play around when it comes to high watchmaking.
If the limited-edition, skeleton, and platinum minute repeater isn’t luxurious enough for you, Bulgari has also revealed the second minute repeater: the one-of-a-kind Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie (ref. 103553). Bvlgari began life as a jeweler, and this watch demonstrates that while they have invested a lot in their watchmaking ability, they haven’t forgotten how to stand out.
Set with 446 baguette-cut Zambian emeralds plus diamonds totaling over 30 carats, crafted in 18k white gold and set on an alligator leather strap, the Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie is a luxury persona. Despite the sheer number of gems, they are made with great taste: the bold, angular Octo Roma case is the perfect canvas for such a collection of gems.
He’s not just a pretty face either. The BVL703 automatic winding regulated caliber for the tourbillon is actually more complex than the caliber that powers the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon – in fact, it is Bvlgari’s most complex movement to date. The Grande Sonnerie mechanism sounds the hours, quarters and minutes, and the watch has a harmonious Westminster tone that can be silenced or activated on demand via the side buttons.
Bvlgari is one of the few watchmakers capable of producing such a complex movement; It is a real victory. Combine that with the collection of fine jewelry encasing the Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie watch and you have what can be described as the pinnacle of modern watchmaking.
Find out more about Bvlgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon and Bulgari Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie at Bvlgari online store here.