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The Manual Wind: Bulgari Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon

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Its disappointing to see amazing design not make it to the main stream.  The Bulgari Octo is just not there yet.  The Gerald Genta design, previously under the Gerald Genta name, now bears a big name on its dial and yet has still not made it.  Bulgari purchased this line years ago and the only thing they have done right with it is not change the classic Octo design.  I have been saying for years that this design is the next big thing.  Classic, modern, angular, and unique; the Octo has a chance to be an icon.  Although Bulgari has not had a breakout design in with this line, they are certainly trying.  Good movements and simple combinations make for nice pieces.  Its latest is another piece i would like on my wrist; The Bulgari Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon.

16bulgultra3This ultra-thin Tourbillon holds within its black DLC titanium case a world record thin movement.  At just 1.95mm thick, this Tourbllion with a 52 hour power reserve, is the thinnest non bridge Tourbillon.  The movement is as elegant as the design; black DLC coating with rose accents.  Another piece in the Octo line that is classic yet modern.  Attached with an integrated crocodile strap and folding buckle, this sleek look is complete.

I truly appreciate the Octo family by Bulgari and do like their designs.  I would gladly wear almost any model.  I unfortunately do not speak for the mainstream.  Brands across the watch world struggle to make an iconic design and market it properly to success.  Bulgari is sitting on a gold mine; one of the of the last few icons that is not being utilized properly.  Perhaps The Octo will be Jean Claude Biver’s next project.  In the mean time, lets hope others begin to appreciate pieces like the Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon like I do.

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