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Four Significant Luxury Watches from Baselworld 2014

James D. Malcolmson

Bulgari Octo Finissimo

When Bulgari redesigned and relaunched its Octo line two years ago, with its eight-sided bezel and aggressive, angular case, the piece made an impression as a creative and capable reinterpretation of a classic example of legendary designer Gerald Genta’s work. It was also clear that the model would only appeal to a wearer with a bold enough style to carry its extreme lines and bulk. This year the brand presented two revised Octo Finissimo watches. Both the tourbillon and seconds versions are approximately 5 mm thick. The company, with some fanfare, proclaims its tourbillon movement to be the thinnest on the market, which is naturally an impressive achievement. Octo Finissimo, however, is really a design achievement rather than a technical one. In a stroke, Bulgari has transformed Octo into a modern dress watch with much wider appeal. Its once overpowering, angular lines are now a flourish that would not look out of place on one of the Vacheron Constantins of the last century that are regarded as classic examples of watch design. (us.bulgari.com)

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