We’ve talked about Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo before, but the collection keeps evolving both in style and innovation. When we spotted actor Adrien Brody sporting this Extra-Thin Caliber with Small Seconds at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, we thought it would be a good time to take a second look at this sophisticated timepiece.
A quick recap: The Octo line was launched in 2012 and was inspired by the octagonal geometrical motifs adorning the inner arches of the Basilica of Maxentius in Rome. The Octo Finissimo range also pays homage to the architectural ingenuity of that ancient structure by engineering some super svelte mechanical movements (last year Bulgari launched the thinnest tourbillon movement ever made).
The Extra-Thin Caliber With Small Seconds is also a 2014 addition to the Finissimo family (as was Brody when he became the brand’s face that same year). At 40mm, it’s a big watch, but because the platinum case is only 5mm thick, it never looks heavy handed. The small seconds is positioned off-center, giving the minimalist black lacquered dial a little extra interest. To keep the display even cleaner, the power reserve indicator has been placed on the back of the watch visible through the sapphire glass case back. Other graceful touches include a Crown set with ceramic and an integrated alligator strap with platinum ardillon buckle.
The construction of the case is most fascinating. To keep the watch thin, the back is secured directly to the case. And although the front of the watch is streamlined, the transparent back lets you enjoy the intricate côtes de Genève, chamfering and perlage decorations of the BVL 128 Finissimo hand winding caliber.
These cool but quirky touches truly suit the Academy Award-winner. With his angular features and unconventional style, he is a talent that is also always evolving.