Ultra-flat, ultra-light, ultra-grey: the new model by Bvlgari was one of the timepieces the press, and particularly the specialised replica watch press, appreciated most at 2017 BaselWorld. Named the Octo Finissimo Automatique, this replica watch does indeed have numerous strengths. It not only features a magnificent grey colour and a fine graphic silhouette, but also houses a new automatic mechanism developed by Bvlgari.

The sanded titanium body repeats the gently angular outline of the Octo case; it is 40mm in diameter – a perfect size – and 5.15mm thick. Its lightness and slim figure make the Octo Finissimo Automatique a discreet but highly attractive companion.

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At the heart of the delicately grained grey case, equipped with a sapphire back, is the brand-new calibre BVL138, a mechanical movement fitted with a platinum micro-rotor with a width of just 2.23mm. This mechanism designed and made by Bvlgari runs at 21 600 vibrations an hour and provides a power reserve of up to 60 hours. It drives the essential time displays, the hours, minutes and seconds.

On the Octo Finissimo Automatique dial, adorned with a grey tone matching the replica watch case, the black hour rim is made up of slender indices and long Arabic numerals. At the centre of the grey disc are two dauphine-style, openwork hands coated in black PVD displaying the hours and the minutes. The seconds, meanwhile, are offset in a counter at 7 o’clock.

This latest addition to the Bvlgari range is worn with a black alligator strap rounded off with a titanium ardillon buckle in a relatively traditional version. For a more sporting touch, the Octo Finissimo Automatique is also available with a titanium link strap with a folding clasp.

Price: 11 900 CHF (alligator strap) – 12 900 CHF (titanium strap)

By Sharmila Bertin