Modernity is the keynote of the new intense black Octo Ultranero models. They come in total-black or ‘almost-all-black’ versions, since Bulgari gives its own precious twist to this contemporary masculine watch. Depending on the variations, the Maison adds a touch of gold either simply through the hands and hour-markers gracing the dial, or by a pink gold bezel, thereby creating an elegant contrast effect.

Octo Ultranero puts the Finissimo Tourbillon firmly centre-stage with its spectacular Manufacture movement: an ultra-thin bridge-free flying tourbillon calibre (BVL 268). At just 1.95 mm thick, it is the world’s thinnest contender in this category of complication. This entirely hand-finished and decorated mechanical hand-wound movement has a 52-hour power reserve. It is housed in the sophisticated and contemporary Octo case, fashioned for this exclusive version in D.L.C.-coated (Diamond Like Carbon) titanium. Its case is in pink gold with a ceramic insert, symbolising the mastery of precious metals and of watchmaking techniques cultivated by Bulgari, the most contemporary of the traditional jewellers. The 40mm-diameter Finissimo Tourbillon is a mere 5mm thick – an impressive feat in terms of slimness and hence elegance. The caseback of this watch is transparent to provide an enhanced view of this rare and stupefying mechanism. The same approach also prevails on the black lacquered dial, which provides a clear view of the tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock. The dedicated hands of the Octo watch are cut-out to enhance the sense of transparency.

Octo Ultranero also knows how to offer simpler content, even though all its interpretations feature the horological refinement inherent in the best mechanical calibres, all assembled and finished by hand. Depending on their individual wishes, inspiration and usage, enthusiasts can choose a 41 mm-diameter version driven by a mechanical self-winding Solotempo BVL 193 calibre. Dedicated to measuring and reading off time, this twin-barrel movement with a 50-hour power reserve focuses on providing a precise indication of the hours, minutes, seconds and date. For a sportier look, one may opt for the Octo Velocissimo Chronograph powered by the BVL 328 calibre, a high-performance movement capable of displaying the flow of time to the nearest tenth of a second.