“World’s Thinnest Tourbillon” by Bulgari

By Paul Joseph

In this austerity driven era of conspicuous consumption, ‘smallest’ often generates as much interest as ‘most expensive’.

It is for this reason that much attention was drawn on Italian luxury fashion house Bulgari when they recently launched a new timepiece billed as the world’s thinnest tourbillon.

Unveiled at last month’s Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland, the Octo Finissimo is the latest addition to Bulgari’s flagship Octo collection and boasts a movement thickness of only 1.95mm and a case thickness of 5mm.

To secure the title of being the world’s thinnest tourbillon, the Octo Finissimo (‘Finissmo’ meaning ‘very thin’ in Italian) features innovative technical solutions that limit the thickness of the watch’s movement.

The one-minute flying tourbillon cage, which is also the thickest part of the entire construction, is a key factor, whilst the movement has two bridges, one for the minute wheel and one for the gear train of the tourbillon cage.

Other notable features include a 44mm platinum octagonal-shaped case, a lacquered and polished black dial, ball bearings used for many of the watch’s moving parts, and a black alligator leather strap with a platinum buckle.

The price of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo has yet to be announced.

By Paul Joseph