Bvlgari Delivers The Unexpected Yet Again At Baselworld

21 March 2019
BASELWORLD, Bvlgari, Watches
The Italian Rinascimento comes to Baselworld 2019 with the thinnest mechanical chronograph in history, Bvlgari’s fifth world record

In a way, you know what to expect from Bvlgari. Consistent style and elegance.

Yet in another, Bvlgari continues to deliver the unexpected. At Baselworld 2019, it is also, for a fifth time, recordbreaking.

For more than a century, its designs have cast aside the old in search of what is next. Fearless, challenging, beautiful.

True to form, Bvlgari has now replicated this spirit with its latest, exceptional timepiece, and is at the forefront of a new Rinascimento that breaks the mold of Swiss watchmaking.

Rewriting the rules for contemporary watches at Baselworld 2019 is the new Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, which is taking home a fifth world record for the thinnest ever mechanical Chronograph in watchmaking history.


The stunning Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic stands out from the crowd.

“Our capability of fusing edgy, magnificent Italian design with the ultimate Swiss engineering and craftsmanship — this is why I talk about Rinascimento from Bvlgari,” says Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari. “It is truly a revolution of design and technology.”

Neither round nor square, Octo has created its own codes since it was first released and, with its Finissimo collection, helped launch the industry trend for ultra-thin watches. 

With a manufactured integrated movement that displays the classical chronograph functions, it also has a GMT function that allows one to set the local time with a button at 9h. The home time is indicated on the subcounter at 3h: graduated on 24 hours, it indicates day or night. The chronograph minutes counter is positioned at 6h, while the small seconds counter is at 9h.

This exquisite creation rewinds automatically thanks to its peripheral mass.

Finally, Octo Finissimo innovates on the materials side: every component of the two new Octo Finissimo Ceramic models – automatic plain execution and manual rewind skeleton – is crafted in this high-tech material: the case, dial, bracelet and deployant buckle are all made of black sandblasted ceramic.

Bvlgari has reached the extreme limits of thinness with these two Finissimo styles, due to the complexity of production linked to this breakable material. For once, it is truly impossible to go thinner.