Say hello to the thinnest automatic chronograph in the world, which is also the thinnest mechanical chronograph in the world. The Bulgari Octo Finnisimo Chronograph GMT. A few years back, Bulgari managed to make the thinnest tourbillon movement, and then managed to make the thinnest minute repeater. It looks as though Bulgari has taken the lead over Piaget for company with the thinnest watches. No one can deny how amazing it is that Bulgari has made such advancements in the area of ultra thin timepieces. The earlier record holder was the Piaget Aliiplano Chronograph, that has a thickness of 8.24 millimeters. This new watch from Bulgari, has a diameter of 42 millimeters, with an amazingly thin thickness of 6.9 millimeters. That is more than a 15% reduction in thickness over the Piaget watch. Not only that, this watch is sandblasted titanium for the case, dial, and bracelet. That is a very lightweight combination, so this watch is just plain comfortable.
The watch is powered by the new BVL318 movement, and because of the exhibition caseback, the owner can watch the movement do its work. The caliber is only 3.3 millimeters thick, and that is a world record for the automatic chronograph caliber. Yes the movement has a column wheel, but the clutch is horizontal to reduce thickness. Also the caliber has a peripheral rotor. That also reduces thickness. What is amazing is that the watch has a GMT complication in it. The watch offers a 55 hour power reserve, and has a frequency of 4Hz. Overall, this new watch movement is extremely impressive. The watch is not meant for the water though, and has a water resistance of only 30 meters. I would not swim with it. The watch looks great, is made for comfort, and has great functionality as a chronograph. So i would say the firms reputation for being a great thin watchmaker, has been cemented.
I believe many watch lovers are going to be attracted to this watch. The horological accomplishments are very appealing, and this is not to be a limited edition watch. Regular production is planned for the piece, and that is exciting. The price of the watch is $17,600, and that is actually quite fair considering what the buyer is getting for their money. It is a sensible purchase for anyone in need of a good thin chronograph. to learn more about this world record holding watch, go to bulgari.com, and check it out. Thank you.