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Introducing The Bulgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT
2021/03/14 19:23:11

Quick Take

More big news from Bulgari as the brand has announced a new version of its well-received Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT. Eagle-eyed readers will have already caught the "S" found in this new models name, and thats a major hint as the new Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT features a steel case and bracelet surrounding a new sunray blue dial with striking silver sub-dials. 

Previously available in titanium (and given the Week On The Wrist treatment here), the original model was the thinnest mechanical chronograph in the world when it came out in March of 2019. As of today, there is a new brushed bad boy on the block and a few more changes to discover. 

Initial Thoughts

This new model, which is reference 103467 for those who need it, is actually more different from the titanium ref. 103068 than you might expect. Sure, we have the satin-finished steel construction and a rather lovely blue dial, but thats not all. swiss watch replicas

While the original record-setting Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT is 42mm wide and just 6.9mm thick, this new steel example measures 43mm across and is 8.75mm thick. Alongside this increase in physical dimensions, we also find that the water resistance has grown from an acceptable 30 meters to a welcome 100 meters, and the steel model has lume on the markers and the hour and minute hand, which further establishes that the "S" might be for "sport" and not "steel." 


Thankfully, the movement is unchanged as the Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT will hit the market running with Bulgaris gorgeous and decidedly thin BVL 318. For those who didnt follow the original release, this movement is a huge piece of what allowed Bulgari to create such a remarkably thin chronograph. Despite supporting time, a 30-minute chronograph, and a 24-hour GMT display (with independent controls in the left case flank), the BVL 318 is just 3.3mm thick and boasts a peripheral winding rotor and 55 hours of power reserve. 

While the original model established a starkly industrial feel (sandblasted titanium, monochromatic colorway), the S Chronograph GMT takes its own path with a slightly larger footprint, the sporty texture of brushed steel, and a more conventional dial design that is both familiar and distinct. Likewise, pricing is similar but also not identical, with the S Chronograph GMT hitting retailers in June of 2021 for $16,500 (vs. $17,600 for the established titanium version). 

As the original model was a hit for Bulgari, its of little surprise that they would continue to iterate upon the format. That said, only time will tell if the large sizing, increased water resistance, and more middle-of-the-road styling will help the Chronograph GMT find new wrists. Those pining for a somewhat more sporty take on the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT have a few months to get their affairs in order.  Fake Rolex Watches