The finest of Finissimo: our personal archive

It’s no secret: when Bulgari launched the Octo Finissimo in 2014, redefining the canons of traditional design, collectors around the world immediately knew it was an epochal moment. A new watchmaking icon was born.
The Finissimo broke record after record, and proved to the world that Bulgari is not just ‘a jeweller who set out to make watches’, but a true maison capable of producing some of the best timepieces in the world. With skeletonizations and minute repeaters, the brand demonstrated its now unquestionable technical prowess and the mechanical beauty of its movements. But when it is the aesthetic beauty that takes your breath away?
Let’s treat ourselves today to a feast for the eyes and, opening the doors of our personal archives, see what happens when you look for the finest of the Finissimo.

BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Automatic Tadao Ando black ceramic

‘It is impossible to make a better watch than this one’. That’s what Tadao Ando replied when Bulgari contacted him to suggest his interpretation of the Octo Finissimo.
Considered one of the greatest architects alive and awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour, Tadao Ando is appreciated for his ‘haiku‘ approach that enhances empty space to emphasise the pure natural beauty of simplicity.

Tadao Ando’s minimalist approach in full Japandi style blends perfectly with the no-frills utilitarianism of the Finissimo.
The aesthetic decoration is provided by natural light, which interacts with the edges and facets of the case, allowing the object to express all its beauty without weighing down the balanced design.

In accordance with Ando’s Haiku philosophy, the dial has been emptied of all indexes. This allows the light to follow the movement created by the concentric pattern emanating from the characteristic seconds sphere at seven o’clock.
This simple yet powerful decoration, reminiscent of a refined Zen garden, is embellished with a gold crescent placed at 5 o’clock to balance the symmetry of the dial.

We do not hesitate to call this rare version of the Octo Finissimo a work of art, as well as one of the most interesting and underrated collaborations of recent years.

BVLGARI Octo Finissimo Automatic titanium – Limited Edition for Dobner

A far cry from Ando’s Zen, this Octo Finissimo nevertheless remains one of the most extraordinary. Despite its seemingly Middle Eastern appearance, it comes from a very limited edition made especially for Dobner, a historic luxury boutique in Trieste.

Dobner does not forget its origins, when in 1906 the young watchmaker Giuseppe Oppenheim dreamed of leaving for the East after specialising at the watchmaking school in Ljubljana. Unable to do so because of the wars, Giuseppe settled in Trieste, the multicultural centre of Mitteleuropa.

To honour the founder’s never-fulfilled dream, the Dobner heirs therefore decided to create a spectacular watch with a unique dial. The charming cornflower blue background is the perfect base for the intriguing Persian numeral indexes.

A choice that is certainly uncommon, but which appears perfectly balanced with the aesthetics of the Octo Finissimo, creating a piece that provides charm and a veil of mystery to its lucky owner.

Some say that an icon cannot be improved. We think differently.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo proves to be a splendid canvas, allowing the most diverse characters to express themselves with taste and refinement in any situation.

Each version of the Finissimo is one of our favourites, this watch is an icon of today and tomorrow, which is why we are pleased to present only the best examples to our customers.
Whether you are looking for a classic Finissimo or a unique piece, our experts will present you with a careful selection of the best examples to protect your investment and expand your personal collection.

written by Lorenzo Spolaor

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