WatchPro Show Stopper Watches of the Year, Highly Commended: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chrono GMT Automatic

Bulgari Octo Finissimo GMT Automatic

From one record breaker to another (see Patek Philippe Show Stopper), Bulgari’s ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic wowed at this year’s Baselworld.

Its wafer-thin titanium case is just 6.9mm thick, making it the new world’s thinnest automatic chronograph.

Inside the case is another record-breaker in the form of the exceptional Caliber BVL 318.

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Measuring just 3.3mm thick, it is the thinnest automatic chronograph movement ever made, taking the title held by the Blancpain Caliber 1185 since 1987.

A feat made all the more impressive when you consider the infrequency with which entirely new chronograph movements come to market, due to the inherent complexity and costs involved in manufacturing.

Incredibly, the movement also incorporates a second complication, in the form of a GMT hand that can be adjusted forwards or backwards via the pusher set into the case at nine o’clock.

Sleek and stylish, it is presented in the Italian brand’s distinctive multi-faceted case featuring a sandblasted finish.

Best of all, it costs considerably less than you might expect.

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