Before, the tendency was supposed to go large, now brands are hurrying to be as thin as possible. Bulgari hasn’t just created the thinnest automatic motion, they also hold the titles for thinnest minute repeater and tourbillon.
Thinnest Automatic Movement
In Baselworld 2017, Bulgari introduced the Octo Finissimo Automatic. Unlike their other record breaking watches as it’s title might let on, the newest Octo Finissimo is a automatic winding timepiece instead of manual end. This in it’s own right makes this even more impressive since the rotor has to be taken into consideration when designing.
This ultra slim watch is found in an acceptable 40mm titanium case. The mix of ceramic and an instance thickness of just 5.15mm makes this watch feel feather light on the wrist. The watch features an industrial design, breaking free of conventional (around ) conventions and includes a distinctive shape according to Gerald Genta’s Octo. The ease of this dial complements the simple yet complex case, adding a touch of elegance. Matching the black markers are black faceted skeletonised palms with PVD coating.
Bulgari has released the Octo Finissimo with an integrated leather strap as well as a fitting sandblasted titanium bracelet. Each of these generates a new style for the opinion; the strap adding a more formal feel while the ceramic is more sporty.
Also adding to the thinness of the overall circumstance, Bulgari developed a situation made of two parts instead of three. The baseplate and the caseback are just one component instead of two. The motion is placed inside the case in the surface rather than the trunk and then fastened with screws moving through to the bezel.
The BVL 138 has conquered all other holders of the thinnest automatic motion, including the latest Vacheron Constantin caliber 1120 in 2.45mm thick, and can be just 2.23mm. The automated movement features a micro-rotor made from 950 PlatinumCard.
On account of the slim size of the movement and size of this micro-rotor, it needed to be made in a dense substance to create power and keep a whole 60 hour power reserve when complete. The micro-rotor permits the motion to remain smaller, at 36mm across, unlike a peripheral rotor that would sit outside the movement.
Watchmakers were able to shave .7mm in the balance wheel without sacrificing amplitude. Looking at the motion, it is possible to observe that watchmakers did not sacrifice decoration. Polishing and decorating the motions remove material so the whole process was quite delicate.
In 2014, Bulgari released their Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in platinum, with a movement that’s a mere 1.95mm thick. To provide you a better understanding of just how slim this is, the movement is the exact same thickness as a US nickel.
Since you might or may not knowa tourbillon is a little rotating cage made to fight the effects of gravity on a motion. To fit this into a movement measuring 1.95mm plus a case thickness of just 5mm is a true technical accomplishment.
The thickest element of the manual wind movement, BVL grade 268, is the Tourbillon cage itself. Bulgari has also removed part of the balance wheel regulating system to remove other aspects that may make the movement thicker.
World’s Thinnest Minute Repeater
two years after their Octo Finissimo Tourbillon was released, Bulgari was back again. This time their Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater was published, capturing the title of the tiniest striking watch.
A minute repeater by itself is one of the most complicated complications. Being in a position to make a motion 3.12mm thick housed inside a 6.85mm thick case while attaining a perfect sound is quite a challenge. The watchmakers at Bulgari rose to the occasion and released their second repeater powered by the BVL caliber 362 in 2016, a movement composed of 362 micro parts.
Contrary to the tourbillon, the second repeater was created in ceramic making it lightweight and also an superb sound diffuser. The watchmakers also made the dial out of ceramic and cut out where traditional indices or hour marks are, as well as a cut ring around the sub-seconds dial to amplify the sound within the case.
Flipping over each of these ultra thin watches, you can observe every one of the movements through a display caseback. Typically, this adds thickness to the situation due to this secondary sapphire crystal, but with Bulgari and their two part case design, the back of the watch is on one plane.
Bulgari has managed to create not one, but three record-breaking ultra-thin timepieces. These watches are slim and light to the stage you may even forget you are wearing one but you are never going to forget the technological accomplishment that went into producing every one of these. Every one of them are slim, casual and comfortable with a touch of elegance. With already having three of the thinnest Casual watches around distinct complications available on the market, it is going to be intriguing to see if anyone can look something thinner