Setting world records is old hat for Bulgari. The brand holds two for the thinnest timepieces: for its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in 2014; and for its Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater two years later. This year, Bulgari has set a third mark, for the world’s slimmest self-winding movement, in its Octo Finissimo Automatic. This 40mm watch is now the thinnest self-winding timepiece on the market, at just 5.15mm thick.

A new in-house manufacture movement had to be created – the calibre BVL 138. It is only 2.23mm thin but has a 60-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 30 metres.

A titanium case and dial mean it is very light. A transparent caseback allows the wearer to admire the movement from the back.

“This is a celebration of masculine elegance,” says Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin. “We have been focused on a lot of ladies to [create] jewellery and jewellery watches with the utmost elegance. We want to show that men can also benefit from elegance.”

The watch with the alligator strap sells for HK$97,800, or
HK$105,500 with the titanium bracelet. “It allows us to bring the elegance [of] high jewellery for men, at a level [that] has never been so accessible,” Babin says.

For Bulgari this is really the celebration beyond means of technology, this is a celebration of masculine elegance
Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO, Bulgari.

Another new addition to the Octo Finissimo family is the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton. Inside it beats a 253-part calibre BVL 268 at 21,600vph, with a 62-hour power reserve – and yet is only 1.95mm thick. The 40mm timepiece features just 13 jewels and eight ball bearings.

The new Serpenti line has made waves with a new interpretation of the Serpenti motif plus a new design app.

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The curved 27mm dial is reminiscent of the Serpenti’s signature curves, while the many colours available for the straps and dials reflect the brand’s love of colour. The highlight of the new line is the app that gives clients the freedom to customise everything from the straps to the case material and dial colour.

It costs HK$29,800 for a steel model without diamonds, up to HK$75,000 for a pink gold version with diamonds.

On the high jewellery side, the new Serpenti Seduttori bracelet is also a secret watch that hides a gem-studded dial inside its head.

Only three models are available in a pink gold or white gold case.

Two other lines bearing the Serpenti mark got makeovers. The Serpenti Tubogas has finishing available in steel and a gold and steel combo. The Serpenti Incantati introduced four new versions this year, as well as the Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière.

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