Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire Watch Hands-On

Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire Watch Hands-On

Italian gem dealer and watchmaker  Bulgari have gained notoriety for haute horology watches as of late, especially when working with super meager tourbillons and skeletonized developments. Taking their plan language an alternate way, the Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire is the brand’s most recent investigation with astute development design, utilizing the caliber’s spans as hour markers. These extensions are DLC-covered and finished off with green glowing material which gives a ton of difference and hence high clarity for a skeletonized dial.

All pictures by David Bredan

Bulgari (often written in the Latinized structure BVLGARI) is still maybe most popular as a diamond setter as opposed to a watchmaker. Founded in 1884 in Greece by Sotirios Boulgaris, the company moved around a great deal until at last getting comfortable Via Condotti, Rome in 1905. Bulgari started selling watches during the 1970s and in 1975 they joined the positions of Gerald Genta planned watch producers with the “BVLGARI BVLGARI” watch, inspired by the rehashing engravings found on some antiquated Roman coins. This assortment as of late commended its 40th commemoration, which we shrouded in a meeting with Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin here .


In 2000, Bulgari procured two set up Swiss very good quality watchmaking companies – Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth SA, including their assembling offices. The unmistakable Gerald Genta plan language which is exceptionally present in the Bulgari Octo assortment conveys into the Tourbillon Sapphire, with a blend of modern components in a 44mm, mathematical DLC-covered titanium case with both brushed and cleaned surfaces.

A adaptation is likewise accessible in 18k pink gold, which gives a somewhat dressier, more conventional feel to the watch. The brand’s signature octagonal bezel and ventured carries loan this watch a particular Gerald Genta style, and past models, for example, the Bulgari Tourbillon Saphir went similarly as showing his name on the sapphire gem over the dial. Using the movement’s spans as hour pointers is a sharp move by Bulgari, taking into account a completely skeletonized dial that actually holds intelligibility. The hour and moment hands are moreover skeletonized in order to not hinder the perspective on the development, and highlight wide bolt tips loaded up with green glowing material.

Speaking of the lume, as opposed to being applied straightforwardly to the scaffolds it has rather been contained within tubes made of a substance called “ITR2,” which Bulgari promotes as a remarkable composite material with metal-like properties and “laden” with carbon nanotube particles. Precisely how or why this substance is helpful to the plan is hazy. Carbon nanotubes can give incredibly dark surfaces that assimilate practically all light, and have been utilized in watch dials, for example, the Panerai Lab-ID Luminor Carbotech (involved here) , so maybe the utilization of ITR2 is a visual improvement to diffuse or restrict the radiance of great importance indicators.


The crown of this watch works in a bizarre way, with an incorporated pusher that initiates a red dab at 3 o’clock which demonstrates the watch is in time-setting mode. Turning the crown in this mode sets the time, after which another press of the incorporated pusher makes the red spot evaporate and bolts the time-setting instrument. While this should empower snappier changes than a standard screw-down or pull-out crown, wearers might need to take care not to coincidentally draw in the pusher with the rear of their wrists. Minor proviso aside, the strange component adds some visual interest to the dial, having the option to watch the time-setting capacity draw in and disengage.

Within the Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire beats the physically wound type BVL 206, highlighting a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, 20 gems, and a liberal 64 hour power save with a brilliant green force save marker obvious through the sapphire show caseback. The case is water-impervious to 5 ATM or roughly 50m, which is great considering the abnormal plan component of a sapphire gem ring running the outline of the case. This considers seeing the development from any point and assists with flaunting those lume-filled ITR2 tubes. The watch comes connected to an elastic fixed dark crocodile calfskin tie with either a titanium or a 18k pink gold collapsing fasten, contingent upon the model.

All-sapphire (or generally sapphire), skeletonized, tourbillon watches may be both very good quality and specialty, yet competition in this elusive field exists. Models incorporate the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique Sapphire and the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire . Anyway the Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire offers various strange plan components which recognize it from such contributions. The green-on-dark range is attractive in a zombie-stylish sort of way, and the sapphire ring through the center of the case is a one of a kind touch. The crown activity is both strange and novel, and the movement’s spans going about as hour markers help guarantee the watch stays legible.

This watch unquestionably won’t appeal to everybody, except in a restricted run of 20 pieces, it doesn’t need to. The Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire is evaluated at $65,000 for the DLC-covered titanium adaptation, and $78,000 for the pink gold version.  bulgari.com