The new Octo Roma epitomises the very heart of the collection, while endowing it with an extra dimension. Known for their structured case featuring 110 facets, Octo watches introduced a new form-focused approach based on a strong and innovative design centred around the geometrical octagon shape. The collection is built around four major pillars: the classic Octo watches; the Velocissimo chronographs; the ultra-thin Finissimo models of which the design finds new expression in the mastery of extreme slimness with the Small seconds; and the Finissimo models with horological complications, such as the spectacular Minute Repeater and the Tourbillon – both of which hold world slimness records in their respective categories.
The new Octo Roma embodies the ‘fifth element’ by introducing an elegant, modern and urban touch tending towards absolute purity, while respecting the design fundamentals of the model.
The central feature is of course the octagon, the pure shape ideally balanced on eight sides and a token of life, infinite creation and regeneration. Brimming with cultural and symbolic connotations, this motif is present in the work of the greatest architects – and notably Italian ones – from the Middle Ages and Renaissance onwards. Its shape combines the circle and the square, two key shapes in watchmaking. Bulgari thus embeds the measurement of time within a perfectly geometrical framework.
Fired by a love of modernity and contemporary design, the Maison adopts a formal approach to watchmaking creativity intended to create beauty and stir emotions by making optimal use of aesthetic efficiency. The new Octo lives up to this promise by focusing on essentials with genuine style: an ideal 41 mm diameter that is both highly contemporary in terms of its presence on the wrist, yet extremely easy to live with due to its sense of moderation. The iconic Octo case has been subtly reworked so as to ensure an even smoother and more comfortable feel, while maintaining its inherent strength. Even the strap has been treated to a practical enhancement that will be especially appreciated by the wearer, thanks to a seamless, comfortable 32.5 mm width ensuring ideal flow on the wrist.
Octo Roma will be available in five versions with three dial variations – white, black or brown – and several case finishes, in steel, two-tone gold and steel, or gold alone. While the seamless leather straps are particularly pleasant for daily wear, the steel bracelet with its distinctive links and well-known comfortable fit is also available.