Italian jewellery house Bulgari became a watchmaker accidentally when, 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.

INTRODUCING: Supersized gem-set bezels bring the dazzle with the Bulgari Allegra

Bulgari Allegra

Jewellery and watches have always been interlinked, but there is a quantum leap from a gem-set bezel to the intricate wrist-worn jewellery of Bulgari. Set deep within their Roman DNA, the pure exuberance of the Italian Dolce Vita comes alive in the Bulgari Allegra. This is dazzling joie de vivre on a strap that willfully crosses the boundaries of fashion and horology.  While there are blued feuille hands on this sparkling mother of pearl dial, here the mundane notion of time telling is but a mere distraction. As a bejewelled bouquet of precious metal, for once I fully embrace the notion of my wife being the only person in our household able to pull this off. And why not? Bulgari was a jeweller first, and if Italy had a royal family, there is no doubt in my mind there would be a royal crest on each beautiful inner and outer box from the maison. The Allegra is jewellery made art first and a watch only second. It will make you break into a smile from two metres away such is the sheer panache of this garland of jewels. Put on some big Gucci shades and simply take in the brilliance… Read More

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We don’t want to sound like broken records, but Bulgari just broke another world record 🔥 Here is our top 5 from 2021

I had to ask the question. I was live on Zoom with Fabrizio Buonamasa-Stigliani, we were encouraged to ask anything that was on our minds. So how about this elephant in the room: “Are you nervous about the year you don’t break a world record with one of your watches?” He played a straight bat, which I’ve learned is unlike the man. He got a tiny bit tangled up on what will come in future years – as a watch brand’s R&D cycle has them at least two years ahead – and then he quickly rounded off by saying we’d just have to wait and see. I asked, because 2021 was the 7th year in a row that the hitherto jewellery Maison who has monstered many pure watchmakers in the last decade, has broken yet another watchmaking record. This time for the slimmest ever perpetual calendar wristwatch. But the genius in this extraordinary watch is only partly explained by its thinness – as Fabrizio explained in our interview, it’s at least as noteworthy for its supremely readable dial layout, which required endless revisions of the hands alone to make sure legibility was optimised. The switch-up to retrograde date display in… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando offers dark minimalism at its Japanese architectural best

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando

We don’t have to remind you of either the importance or our enthusiasm for the genre-busting design of the thinnest sports watch available, with its ever expanding list of records and paper-thin complications.  The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando, however, is darkly different, as we see in this new chapter of the ongoing and fruitful collaboration. Tadao Ando is a Japanese star-chitect known for his clean minimalist perfection, and who better to work with Bulgari in getting back to the essence of the Finissimo. After all, the Genta-originated case is pure architecture for the wrist, with its continously surprising angles and facets. Juxtaposed by nature, the stark formal language of the Octo Finissimo, specially in its matte guise, hides a very complex case construction and a wealth of facets and angles far removed from the minimal. But given its most slender body, and the silky black ceramic material, the darkness imbues it with a quiet calm, and is a perfect zen-like frame for the hypnotic dial design. The pure black frames a delicate dark blue vision of time itself, with off-centre concentric circles emanating from the seconds hand at 7 o’clock. The engraved pattern symbolizes the black hole from which… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Supersized gem-set bezels bring the dazzle with the Bulgari Allegra

Bulgari Allegra

Jewellery and watches have always been interlinked, but there is a quantum leap from a gem-set bezel to the intricate wrist-worn jewellery of Bulgari. Set deep within their Roman DNA, the pure exuberance of the Italian Dolce Vita comes alive in the Bulgari Allegra. This is dazzling joie de vivre on a strap that willfully crosses the boundaries of fashion and horology.  While there are blued feuille hands on this sparkling mother of pearl dial, here the mundane notion of time telling is but a mere distraction. As a bejewelled bouquet of precious metal, for once I fully embrace the notion of my wife being the only person in our household able to pull this off. And why not? Bulgari was a jeweller first, and if Italy had a royal family, there is no doubt in my mind there would be a royal crest on each beautiful inner and outer box from the maison. The Allegra is jewellery made art first and a watch only second. It will make you break into a smile from two metres away such is the sheer panache of this garland of jewels. Put on some big Gucci shades and simply take in the brilliance… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar breaks the brand’s 7th world record since 2014

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar

“Can’t stop, won’t stop breaking world records,” might be the mantra of the Bulgari watchmaking department, because that’s exactly what they keep doing. Year after year since 2014, the Italian manufacturer has relentlessly achieved new benchmarks for thinness in horology, building their credibility as a force to be reckoned with faster than almost any brand in recent memory. If that wasn’t enough, the Octo Finissimo collection has also formed one of the few truly fresh interpretations of a sports watch with an integrated bracelet in recent years. This year Bulgari continue their run with the all new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar. There are two different expressions of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar that have been launched, one in platinum with a blue dial and the other in titanium, a material that the Octo Finissimo is more than familiar with, in a grey dial. The benchmark setting cases measure just 5.80mm tall, with the reference in platinum featuring a blue leather strap that matches the dial, with the titanium example arriving on the recognisable integrated bracelet. How has this achievement been made possible? It’s all thanks to the calibre BVL 305 housed within both watches, measuring just 2.75mm thick… Read More

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RECOMMEND READING: The insane craftsmanship in the Bulgari Octo Finissimo revealed by The Naked Watchmaker

It’s no secret we are rather enamoured with the Bulgari Octo Finissimo and calling it a micro-technological marvel of the new century would not be overselling it. Following our article on Bulgari’s latest chapter of one-upmanship – where they managed to somehow engineer a tourbillon to fit the already infinitessimally optimised space inside the angular case – we are still none the wiser as to how they did it. Surely you too have wondered just what hides within the paper thin layers of cogs, bridges and small colourful pops of jewels in their caliber BV318. Rarely have we spent so much time looking at a movement through the clear sapphire caseback in the sandblasted titanium case, every so often turning the watch expecting it to be an optical illusion. Surely it is not humanly possible to fit a traditional mechanical movement with a chronograph complication and a GMT function within a case of 6.9mm? We are deadly curious and who better to educate us than Peter Speake-Marin of The Naked Watchmaker. In his Deconstruction series, an already fascinating journey into the inner workings of the mechanical wonders we obsess over, he has dedicated his workbench to the Octo Finissimo Chronograph… Read More

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Nick Jonas shows he’s a serious watch guy with this Omega Speedmaster in Canopus Gold on Saturday Night Live

Nick Jonas

As a watch enthusiast and journalist, I get excited when I see celebrities sporting coveted timepieces on their wrists. More often than not we see the greatest hits from the usual suspects, but on the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, Nick Jonas made #watchfam really proud. Nick has a clear appreciation for watchmaking. His Instagram feed is full of a variety of watches from a wide spectrum of manufacturers. Sure he has the more clear-cut celebrity choices in his collection, which we will explore below, but the watch Nick opted to wear during his monologue is a true flex that conveys he is not only a fan of watches as an accessory, but also for their horological merit. While he is certainly not the first famous figure to sport an Omega Speedmaster, he may very well be the first spotted wearing one of the new 3861 powered Speedys in Canopus gold – Omega’s proprietary blend of white gold. While a beautiful watch, it is definitely not a reference you would immediately guess would find its way onto the wrist of a celebrity. To choose this Speedmaster over another Rolex or Richard Mille, you would need an appreciation for… Read More

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