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Italian jewellery house Bulgari became a watchmaker accidentally. In 1975 they made 100 unique watches as gifts for important customers. The popularity of this limited release meant that the iconic Bulgari Bulgari followed soon after. Today their watches include the popular Octo and the Lucea lines. Explore Bulgari’s timepieces at Time+Tide.

EDITOR’S PICK: Stripped back sexiness – the Bulgari Octo Ultranero Skeleton

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Editor’s Note: It’s the time of year when we start thinking about gifts we might find under the Christmas tree in three (three?!) Sundays’ time, and while there’s definitely more than one watch on our wishlist, this slender, technical take on the Octo is right up there. Can you blame us, given how shapely, sheer and utterly luxurious it is? Anyway, we’re just crossing our fingers everyone’s noticed how nice we’ve been this year. Our love of the Octo is well documented – and real. You wouldn’t expect such an unconventional, octagonal case shape to be so stylistically flexible, but it is. And this year Bulgari showed off the Octo’s darker side with the Ultranero collection. Most blacked-out watches tend towards the tactical end of the spectrum, so the Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton is a genius move, and a refreshing change of pace. Its broad pink gold bezel, architecturally skeletonised BVL 128SK movement and black DLC-treatments create a delicate balance of form and space, and show the Octo in an entirely new light.

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VIDEO: Bulgari CEO chooses watches for our PM, Rebel Wilson, Joel Edgerton in an unmissable Celebrity Watch Match

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It started in Tokyo. We were over there with Bulgari to celebrate the launch of their first ever watch, the Bulgari Roma, released just over 40 years ago. We landed, in a spare moment, at the bar. Our cameraman Marcus, or perhaps me, I honestly can’t remember, suggested we have a restorative whisky. It had been a long day. Before we knew it, Bulgari’s chief watch designer, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani had joined us, and we were once again talking watches. We started comparing Bulgari watches to whisky, and thus, one of our favourite ever videos was created. It seemed only logical that when Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin arrived at our office, we find a way to continue the tradition, but being rather early in the day, we held the harder stuff and instead played more of an in-boutique retail training type game: What watches would Jean-Christophe choose for different – and to him, wholly unknown – people that we presented to him an on iPad? His answers were, without giving too much away, brilliant. So considered. So spot-on. You’ll have to see the thought processes in action, because it’s very impressive. Enjoy our first, and certainly not our last, Celebrity Watch Match.

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Come to the Dark Side with the Bulgari Octo Ultranero

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Few would contest that Bulgari’s Octo is a great watch – a distinctive design jam-packed with legacy. What could possibly make it better? Well, how about a mean, stealthy and downright cool black ADLC coating? Yeah, that’ll do the trick. If you’ve been on the fence about Bulgari, the Octo Ultra Nero will convert you. Don’t believe us – well if this watch can convert even hardened watch reviewers like Justin Mastine Frost (who joined the team in Basel 2015), then that’s a testament to the power of the Dark Side.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Stripped back sexiness – the Bulgari Octo Ultranero Skeleton

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Editor’s Note: It’s the time of year when we start thinking about gifts we might find under the Christmas tree in three (three?!) Sundays’ time, and while there’s definitely more than one watch on our wishlist, this slender, technical take on the Octo is right up there. Can you blame us, given how shapely, sheer and utterly luxurious it is? Anyway, we’re just crossing our fingers everyone’s noticed how nice we’ve been this year. Our love of the Octo is well documented – and real. You wouldn’t expect such an unconventional, octagonal case shape to be so stylistically flexible, but it is. And this year Bulgari showed off the Octo’s darker side with the Ultranero collection. Most blacked-out watches tend towards the tactical end of the spectrum, so the Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton is a genius move, and a refreshing change of pace. Its broad pink gold bezel, architecturally skeletonised BVL 128SK movement and black DLC-treatments create a delicate balance of form and space, and show the Octo in an entirely new light.

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Nothing to hide – the Bulgari Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton video review

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Our love of the Octo is well documented – and real. You wouldn’t expect such an unconventional, octagonal case shape to be so stylistically flexible, but it is. And this year Bulgari showed off the Octo’s darker side with the Ultranero collection. Most blacked-out watches tend towards the tactical end of the spectrum, so the Octo Ultranero Finissimo Skeleton is a genius move, and a refreshing change of pace. Its broad pink gold bezel, architecturally skeletonised BVL 128SK movement and black DLC-treatments create a delicate balance of form and space, and show the Octo in an entirely new light.

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PURE FUN: We created a fantasy basketball team of celebs who wear a Bulgari Octo so you don’t have to. Gandy, Cooper, Butler, Bana and more…

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Golden State Warriors, you are on notice. If our A-list line up of regular Bulgari Octo wearers decided to, mythically speaking, join forces on a basketball court in their on-screen personas, you’d be done. Crushed. Eliminated. Defused. Skewered. From snipers to Spartan warriors, Moonlight Sonatas (lovely Adrien, just lovely) and devastating good looks, our Octo Octet has every possible scenario covered, on and off the court. Maybe we’ve had too much time on our hands, or spent too long analysing Met Gala wristwear, but we’ve gone ahead and drawn up, not just the Octo’s starting five (with allocated positions), but a pretty hard-hitting bench too. Next step, making this full court press happen. If anybody knows the now retired LeBron, let’s give him the project…. The Starting Five 1. David Gandy Power forward Height: 191cm It’s a scientific fact that the only thing sharper than the facets of the Octo are David Gandy’s cheekbones. On court he’s the guy who doesn’t bother faking when he charges the ring, because he wouldn’t know how to fake anything, not least his personal style. He wears a rose gold Octo, because he’s an all-round class act. 2. Gerard Butler Point guard Height: 188cm Get… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Bulgari Octo Solotempo Ultranero – 4 reasons this is the first Bulgari watch to win me over

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I’ve never really gotten all that “into” Bulgari. Look,  I can appreciate the level of craftsmanship that the Italian haute joaillerie brand puts into their casework, (and more recently their movements), but I’ve never pictured myself wearing one. The Octo Solotempo Ultranero might just have changed all that. A case so sharp you could cut yourself What more can be said about Gerald Genta’s famous case design that hasn’t already been said? It’s a stunningly crafted piece of hardware that is even more impressive when finished in black DLC. Bulgari is proud to point out that there are 110 facets on the case, and though I’ve never managed to count them all in one sitting, I don’t doubt them one bit. It’s appropriately sharp and angular, interesting and complex, all without seeming in any way convoluted. That dial, oh that dial… There are black dials, and then there are black dials… This deep-beyond-deep gloss black dial is the kind of thing you can get lost staring into. You can see why they call it Ultranero (which translates as ‘very black’). Bulgari did an incredible job getting its lacquer just right, ensuring that it remains reflective and eye-catching without distracting you from… Read More

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