Hands-On: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Black Sandblast-Polished Ceramic

The sandblasted black ceramic Octo Finissimo Automatic is, I think, a very successful watch from a number of different perspectives. Certainly, it is an interesting watch technically – true ultra-thin timepieces are rare, especially with self-winding systems, and the caliber BVL-138 is as impressive as ever, with its 36.6mm diameter, 2.23mm thick dimensions. (It is the thinnest self-winding, time-only automatic movement in the world). The technically forward looking caliber, and matte ceramic case, make for a watch which is certainly extremely stylish, but which I think might strike as diffident to a fault someone looking for a watch with all the technical strengths of the Octo Finissimo sandblasted ceramic case, but which has a bit more overt wrist presence. (This issue is exacerbated for some, at least based on some of the reactions I have heard, by the very light weight of the watch, although to others that is simply another one of its strengths and another one manifestation of its advanced technical properties).

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