Bulgari and Phillips Octo Finissimo is All About Symmetry

We have a new 50-piece limited edition Octo Finissimo brought to you by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo (doesn’t that name just roll off the tongue?). While the movement and guts haven’t changed from previous Finissimo’s, the design has, and it has a hyper-focus on symmetry. So much so that they’ve removed the seconds hand. 

The dial is where we see the most (if not only) change. It takes inspiration from 20th century Italian architecture, and it does have a certain Art Nouveau vibe to it. But symmetry is the aim of the game here, which works really well with the Finissimo’s general design choice to have only 12 and six marked with numerals. 

Aurel Bacs said that the focus was the engraved dial, but he let on a detail that isn’t visible in the renders – the numerals and the chapter ring change colour based on the lighting so it can be black, then grey, and then bronze (the colour we see in the render). 

Other than that, we’ve got a sandblasted titanium case with a textured effect that is mirrored on the titanium dial. For everything else, it’s a Finissimo. 

There isn’t much to say except that it’s a stunning piece. It’s clean, it’s matte, it’s bloody stylish is what it is. You could bad mouth the price, but it’s only $1,000 USD more than the standard titanium model and if you’re already willing to pay $15k for it, surely $16k isn’t a huge dealbreaker.

It’s a unique design Octo Finissimo so if you like the Finissimo, you will like this. It kind of looks like an antique clockface the more you look at it which while it might not be a favourite among those who prefer the sub-dial on the original Finissimo dial, there is certainly a place for this. 

At a Glance

Reference Number: 103709

Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Sand-blasted titanium
Dial Color: Grey
Indexes: Markers
Water Resistance: 30m
Strap/Bracelet: Sand-blasted titanium bracelet

Caliber: BVL 138
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Thickness: 2.23mm
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 3Hz
Chronometer Certified: No

Price: $16,600
Availability: Immediately 
Limited Edition: Yes, 50 pieces

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