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

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.