Introducing The Bulgari Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar Diamonds (Live Pics & Pricing)
Around this time a year ago, Jack informed you regarding a novel piece from Bulgari that united an interminable schedule and an amazing sonnerie/dainty sonnerie/minute repeater in one watch, utilizing a minor departure from the brand’s exemplary Octo structure. Presently, while we’re not yet getting a mainline minor departure from this watch, we are getting a restricted release of eight pieces that take that thought and push it above and beyond, setting a combination white gold and titanium case with loaf cut precious stones. Altogether, there are 6.57 carats of jewels (88 stones absolute) on the bezel and carries and another 1.23 carats of jewels (35 stones complete) on the collapsing clasp.
While this absolutely is certifiably not an under-the-radar sort of watch, due partially to the 44mm size and to some extent to those precious stones, it is a watch that uncovers a ton of unpretentious subtleties as you draw nearer to it. The titanium midcase is passed out and has grooves cut into it, giving it a trace of Art Deco engage. Moreover, the straightforward dark sapphire dial allows you to see the entirety of that cadrature work that controls the never-ending schedule, something that regularly gets covered up in uber complications. This isn’t a watch for the timid, yet it is a watch that remunerates the bold.
There are a huge load of tremendous watch commemorations this year (simply look here and here for evidence), however we should not fail to remember that 2019 imprints the 25th commemoration of incredible watch fashioner Gérald Genta’s first ceaseless schedule. Of course, he’s most popular for the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, however Genta went on to establish his own eponymous image that wound up being bought by and collapsed into Bulgari. The Octo assortment is the most immediate descendent of Genta’s work (which you can see quite plainly with watches like the Octo Finissimo ) and it’s fitting that Bulgari would pick the Octo as the base for this commemorative edition.
I had the chance to see the watch yesterday during a see in front of its delivery in Shanghai and I need to say it truly wowed me. Any individual who peruses HODINKEE consistently will realize that I’m one for more modest, more downplayed watches in my own life, yet there is something in particular about an absolutely maximalist approach like this that I can truly get behind. Bulgari didn’t hold back here and both the thought and execution are right on the money. Since there are just eight of these, I question you’ll will see one face to face, however in the event that you find the opportunity you should take it.
Model: Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar Diamonds
Reference Number: 103185
Case Material: White gold with titanium mid-case
Dial Color: Translucent dark sapphire
Indexes: Applied white gold batons
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black croc tie and white gold collapsing fasten with roll cut diamonds
Caliber: BVL 980
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, tourbillon, never-ending schedule with moonphase, grande and dainty sonnerie, minute repeater, power hold marker, and ringing power save indicator
Power Reserve: 48 hours for timekeeping, 28 hours for chiming
Evaluating & Availability
Limited Edition: Eight pieces worldwide
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