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.

Bulgari is well placed to clean up at the GPHG, thanks to these 5 watches

There's no doubt that Bulgari like the GPHG. In 2017 they won the men's category for their Octo Finissimo Automatic and the Tourbillon prize for the Finissimo Skeleton. A few years earlier, in 2014, they took home the Jewellery prize for their Diva High Jewellery Emeralds. Their odds are looking strong for the 2019 edition of the awards too, with five watches shortlisted. Now, it would be crazy for all five watches to win, but much like Katniss Everdeen, we hope the odds are forever in Bulgari's favour. Mechanical Exception – Bulgari Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar Let's kick off with the big guy. I was pretty lucky to get a look at this incredible watch at Basel earlier in the year — given that it's an LE of eight pieces. And given the fact that it packs in a ton of high-end complication (and the repeater sounds beautiful), the big surprise for me was the lightness – the carbon case weighs next to nothing. The same can't be said for the price, which is a hefty 820,000 CHF. Ladies – Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori Pink Gold and Diamonds I'm pretty open to wearing watches made with women in mind, and… Read More

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RECOMMENDED READING: This is what happens when you take apart the ultra-thin Bulgari Octo Finissimo chronograph

Bulgari Octo Finissimo

The Naked Watchmaker is one of our favourite internet projects, and not just because of its punny name and the fact that the man behind it, Peter Speake-Marin, is one of the nicest people in the business. No, it's fascinating because it offers a view of watches we don't typically see. Deconstructed, and not in an "I dropped it onto a concrete floor and now it's all deconstructed" sense. No, Speake-Marin offers a superbly qualified take on taking apart a watch. And this time around he's turning his tools to one of the hottest watches of 2019, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT. You can read our take on it here, but we stick mostly to the surface level. Read it all here. You won't want to miss this one. 

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The legend of the first Bulgari Roma watch

Bulgari Roma 1975

Editor's note: This year, the Bulgari watch department celebrated its fifth year in a row of record-breaking watches with the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic. While some in the watch industry are still coming to terms with the horological success of a brand with roots in jewellery, Bulgari have actually been making watches since 1975. A couple of years ago, Andrew had the opportunity to see the first ever watch from the brand, the Bulgari Roma, when it was on display at the Tokyo National Museum. He captured his impressions at the time, and told the legend of why it was first produced. Surrounded by dazzling diamonds and gemstones is a digital wristwatch, on a frayed woven rope strap. With its simple LCD display in a yellow gold case, the watch looks a little out of place amid the delicate, glittering finery that surrounds it. But this is the Art of Bulgari exhibition, which celebrated 130 years of the brand at the Tokyo National Museum. And this watch — the Bulgari Roma — is very important to the Italian jewellery house. It's the brand's first ever wristwatch, and the tale behind its genesis and their almost accidental entry into the world of… Read More

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Bulgari is well placed to clean up at the GPHG, thanks to these 5 watches

There's no doubt that Bulgari like the GPHG. In 2017 they won the men's category for their Octo Finissimo Automatic and the Tourbillon prize for the Finissimo Skeleton. A few years earlier, in 2014, they took home the Jewellery prize for their Diva High Jewellery Emeralds. Their odds are looking strong for the 2019 edition of the awards too, with five watches shortlisted. Now, it would be crazy for all five watches to win, but much like Katniss Everdeen, we hope the odds are forever in Bulgari's favour. Mechanical Exception – Bulgari Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar Let's kick off with the big guy. I was pretty lucky to get a look at this incredible watch at Basel earlier in the year — given that it's an LE of eight pieces. And given the fact that it packs in a ton of high-end complication (and the repeater sounds beautiful), the big surprise for me was the lightness – the carbon case weighs next to nothing. The same can't be said for the price, which is a hefty 820,000 CHF. Ladies – Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori Pink Gold and Diamonds I'm pretty open to wearing watches made with women in mind, and… Read More

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Original sin – the Bulgari Octo L'Originale in black and gold

Regular readers will register precisely zero surprise when I state that the entirety of Time+Tide are raging fans of Bulgari's distinctive Octo — but, if we're being completely real (and when are we not?), then it's the Octo Finissimo that attracts the lion's share of our ardour. But it's not the only arrow in that particular octagonal quiver. There's the chronograph, the Roma (kind of), and this guy here — the Bulgari Octo L'Originale.  While the Octo L'Originale isn't a new model this year, this latest version has been given a look that is, as the kids say, fresh. The 41mm case, with its 110 facets, is dark and deadly thanks to a black DLC coating, except for the crown and the octagonal bezel that sits beneath the blackened, round bezel. The effect is more subtle than we're used to with black and gold watches, and gives the effect of the occasional flash of gold, rather than a full-on flash. The black is the perfect foil for the rose gold. High-contrast, sporty and luxe, all in one package.  The dial is also a winner: minimal text, grained matt finish and rose gold text and applied numerals — with the trademark… Read More

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Thin end of the wedge – the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic

The first watch I saw at Baselworld 2019 was the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic. I saw it at a preview dinner before the fair proper, and honestly, it kind of ruined me for other watches at the fair.  The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic is just so impressive. Not only is it the world's thinnest automatic chronograph (ever, no fancy caveats needed), measuring 6.9mm for the full watch, and 3.3mm for the BVL 318 movement alone. But (and more importantly for me) it looks and feels good on the wrist and is exceptionally user-friendly.  For me there are two big points in favour of this watch. One, the form is flawless, unmarred by obvious, ugly pushers. One of the genius moves of the Octo's angular design is that it allows for the near seamless integration of geometric pushers that extends the existing look, rather than adding some clunky lumps to one side. The other real user-friendly feature is the addition of a GMT feature. Bulgari deserve massive props for this, simply because they didn't need to do it. But they did (because they can), and it's great. The second time is displayed in the little subdial at… Read More

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The stealthy, sexy, surprising Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ceramic 

Bulgari's Octo Finissimo family has been shattering records left, right and centre since its introduction in 2014. But the watch that really captured the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike was the Octo Finissimo Automatic — initially offered in sandblasted titanium, and shortly after in distinctive steel and gold versions. Well, this year it's back, but in a brand new form. Meet the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ceramic.  And when we say Ceramic, we mean ALL ceramic. The case, the bracelet, even the buckle. All of it is gorgeous, matt black ceramic.  In some ways it's an unexpected twist on the Octo Finissimo, but it's also the most logical extension of the line — a line that's rapidly taking pride of place in Bulgari's watch line-up.  Ceramic makes perfect sense on this watch. It's lightweight, ultra-hard, thermoconductive and surprisingly unassuming on the wrist. Which makes the Octo Finissimo Ceramic a dream to wear. It's also a watch that's a stylistic heavy-hitter, with its bold angles somehow made even sharper in monochrome black. All in all it's like Bulgari made one of the coolest and most impressive watches of recent years even cooler.  Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ceramic price Bulgari Octo Finissimo… Read More

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