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.

These are the watches the real Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, actually wears

Jordan Belfort

Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed him in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort has become a popular antihero on the back of his notoriety and hard-living lifestyle. To give credit where it’s due, he’s the man you go to when you need to learn how to “sell me this pen” during a job interview. Belfort’s  charisma and aggressive ambition led to his wealth and status in the 90’s and, years later, after serving 22 months (of a four-year sentence) in prison for money laundering and securities fraud, he has capitalised on the fame from his book and biopic. In The Wolf of Wall Street, we saw DiCaprio rocking a solid gold TAG Heuer on a bracelet. The question is what does the actual man really wear today? With a large presence on social media platform Tik Tok, Belfort can be seen rotating between two LVMH luxury watches while he takes shots at other users with the Tik Tok video stitch feature. Bulgari Octo Roma At first I though this watch was the new Bulgari Octo Finnisimo S in Silver, but upon closer inspection I noticed all hour indexes were present on the dial with the off-centered sub… Read More

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Announcing the ‘Pink Dial Project’ – an auction of pink prototypes in aid of breast cancer

Pink Dial Project

The watch industry has always had a charitable streak, but never as conspicuously as it does today. Charity auctions have been a key part of the industry’s calendar for years, with the Only Watch Auction that raises money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, earning headlines for the watches if offers and the money it contributes. Lately we’ve seen more auctions for a good cause, such as the Horological Society of New York Auction that was running this week and the Revolution and The Rake Covid Solidarity Auction that took place 12 months ago to raise money for countries that had been badly affected by the global pandemic. This week, we are delighted to announce another fresh initiative that we are very proud to bring to you, along with a proper super-group of good friends, most of which you will recognise from videos and written stories. After many months of planning and scheming – the lion’s share of it done by Wei Koh and the teams at Revolution and The Rake – we can now bring you the Pink Dial Project, that will raise money for breast cancer awareness, research and treatment. Auction partners also include Fratello Watches, Eye of Jewellery, and Loupe This (a… Read More

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#Kixntix: The casual luxury of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Titanium GMT Chronograph with Louis Vuitton high tops

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Titanium GMT Chronograph

Within seven years of its debut in 2017, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo is already a modern-day classic, its slender and aggressively architectural shape transforming the finesse of the O.G Octo from 2012. Every Octo Finissimo with its paper-thin movement is a feat of engineering, akin to the art of building a scale model galleon in a bottle. This time we’ve set our sights on the fabric-strapped version of the black dial Bulgari Octo Finissimo Titanium GMT Chronograph, the most street-tough Finissimo family member. The fact that we could even consider a 6.9mm thin chronograph one of the simpler versions of the Octo Finissimo speaks volumes of our view of Bulgari’s Swiss Atelier. With a 42mm diameter and a 48.8mm lug-to-lug, the 30-metre water-resistant chronograph will sit impossibly close to your wrist, but it’s no diver. Still, as Finissimos go, we’ll consider this the more rugged and ready member of the family.  But hang on, this is no mere chronograph as its three-register layout would have you believe. The register at 3 o’clock is in fact a full 24-hour register for a second-time zone, setting this sandblasted titanium sports watch up to beat a fair few travel favourites. With its tough… Read More

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These are the watches the real Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, actually wears

Jordan Belfort

Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed him in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort has become a popular antihero on the back of his notoriety and hard-living lifestyle. To give credit where it’s due, he’s the man you go to when you need to learn how to “sell me this pen” during a job interview. Belfort’s  charisma and aggressive ambition led to his wealth and status in the 90’s and, years later, after serving 22 months (of a four-year sentence) in prison for money laundering and securities fraud, he has capitalised on the fame from his book and biopic. In The Wolf of Wall Street, we saw DiCaprio rocking a solid gold TAG Heuer on a bracelet. The question is what does the actual man really wear today? With a large presence on social media platform Tik Tok, Belfort can be seen rotating between two LVMH luxury watches while he takes shots at other users with the Tik Tok video stitch feature. Bulgari Octo Roma At first I though this watch was the new Bulgari Octo Finnisimo S in Silver, but upon closer inspection I noticed all hour indexes were present on the dial with the off-centered sub… Read More

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Why I bought the Bulgari Octo Finissimo: What the owners’ experience is really like

Bulgari Octo Finissimo blue dial

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo is well on its way to being a modern classic. Launched just seven years ago in 2014 and drawing off the sharp Italian geometry of the Octo Roma, it is a collection that has gone from strength to strength, breaking world records for thinness on average once every year. That’s right, seven world records in seven years, the most recent being the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar that was released earlier in 2021. But what makes it such a compelling piece of watchmaking? I spoke to two friends of Time+Tide about why they bought the Bulgari Octo Finissimo and what the owners’ experience is really like. Why did you buy it? Jean-Paul (@jp_melbs) owns the steel version with black dial: I was looking for a watch to celebrate the birth of my son. I wanted something elegant and sleek, but not too dressy. The Octo Finissimo had been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t love the titanium or ceramic versions as they felt a bit toy-like to me and I wasn’t sure about the 30m water resistance. When Bulgari announced the stainless-steel versions with the screw down crown and 100m water resistance, I only… Read More

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Beyond the rave: the Bulgari Aluminium Steve Aoki is the latest watch inspired by dance music alongside Zenith & Chanel

Different professions have their own specific demands when it comes to the attributes of a watch. A professional diver, for example, needs a hydrogen-release valve, while a doctor could benefit from a pulsometer. But what about a DJ? This question popped up last year when I was talking to Carl Cox, the British superstar DJ who’s been rocking dancefloors since the late ’80s. Having just collaborated on his own watch with Zenith, Carl had given this matter a lot of thought. The most important watch quality for a DJ, he explained, was luminosity. The reason for this, of course, is that a DJ’s place of work is a dimly lit nightclub so what they need from a watch is easy legibility. Consequently, Carl said, back in the day, Panerai was the watch of choice for successful DJs with Pete Tong, Christian Smith and many others all favouring the Italian brand. “A Panerai is a chunky-size watch with big numbers that light up in the dark so they’re easy to see,” he pointed out. “Obviously, when you’re in a darker room some watches that have a lot of intricacies on their illuminations, well, you can’t see the time. Then you’ve got… Read More

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EDITOR’S PICK: Alec Baldwin’s has one hell of a watch collection from Bulgari to Breitling and IWC

Editor’s note: Nick Gould has a rare gift. He can identify a watch by seeing just a sliver of bezel or a millimetre of crown. Subsequently, whenever someone at T+T is vainly attempting to figure out from some blurry paparazzi shot what a celebrity is wearing, then Nick is our go-to-guy. Here, the watch spotter extraordinare turns his attention to the impressive watch collection of Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin is an American actor and comedian, best known for his roles in television and film. Baldwin starred as Jack Donaghy in the sitcom 30 Rock, for which he won two Emmys and three Golden Globes. He has starred in notable films, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, The Departed and The Hunt for Red October. When it comes to timepieces, Baldwin has an eclectic collection from a few different brands. The first timepiece is a Bulgari Octo, in stainless steel, with a black dial on matching leather strap. Its distinctive octagonal-shaped case is instantly recognisable on the wrist and is a fantastic looking timepiece that goes well with casual and formal attire. The next watch is from Breitling and is completely different to the Bulgari. The Breitling that Baldwin… Read More

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