Baselworld—the annual international watch and jewelry show in Switzerland—is like Fashion Week of the horology world, when the rich and famous come out to snap up the newest trends and innovations in timepieces. Amongst the star power in Basel earlier this month was Lone Survivor actor Eric Bana, who introduced Bulgari’s new Finissimo Octo—the thinnest mechanical movement with a tourbillon ever made.
Bana is known for his range—he’s done everything from sketch comedy in his native Australia to super serious turns in films such as Munich. And Bulgari is a brand best known for its haute jewelry. So the antipodean A-Lister is a fantastic ambassador for showing the world that Bulgari is serious about watchmaking as well.
Currently tourbillons and ultra-thin watches are all the rage. A tourbillon improves the accuracy of a mechanical watch by offsetting imbalances caused by gravity by placing the escapement and balance in a rotating cage. That cage takes up a lot of space, so to reduce its size, Bulgari simply incorporated it into the plate.
While smaller in size, the Finissimo is big on function—it boasts a 55hour power reserve. And, as befits Bulgari’s heritage, it is also a sensational-looking timepiece. The octagonal 40mm case is platinum with a lacquered and polished dial. The watch comes on a black alligator leather strap with a buckle of platinum.