News April 2012

Refinement, prestige, innovation and sheer emotion reach the top when two of the world’s most prestigious Italian brands combine their founding values. Bulgari and Maserati have chosen to share their ideals, now admirably epitomised in the Octo Maserati.

Octo Maserati

Bulgari and Maserati have chosen to share their ideals

The Watch Quote™ - April 14th, 2012

This creation merges the expertise inherent in each of the two firms, based on a broad range of shared references: precision, performance, expertise, style and elegance. Their parallel histories have been marked, each in its respective field, by innovations that have modified the very perception and definition of Luxury. Octo Maserati expresses the quintessence of a fully shared vision of excellence.

A refined mechanical heart

This model is inspired by a longstanding and resolutely future-oriented tradition. Embodying a quest for excellence and technical sophistication, the pursuit of performance and style, the Octo Maserati is powered by an Haute Horlogerie movement representing a refined mechanical heart: Calibre GG7800. It remains unique in its kind within the exclusive circle of complicated mechanisms thanks to the extremely graphic layout of the various displays providing the time-measurement information.

In addition to the jumping hour displayed through a window at 12 o’clock, this Manufacture-made movement lines up four retrograde displays of the minutes, date and chronograph hour and minute counters, a mechanism developed and produced within the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Bulgari in Le Sentier. The central chronograph seconds hand is unusually positioned at 6 o’clock, a choice that ensures it never covers the hour indication. This traditionally built calibre with chronograph functions controlled by a column wheel is treated to finishes characteristic of high-end horological excellence.

High-precision machine

This exceptional “motor” is housed within an imposing 45 mm-diameter steel case. The two start/stop and reset chronograph pushers, respectively positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock, are perfectly integrated into the caseband so as to form a complete side. This construction is in harmony with the fundamental lines of the octagon-shaped design, discreetly framing the crown. Everything about this high-precision machine reflects the fundamental principles of the two Houses. The technical Haute Horlogerie pedigree of the Octo Maserati perfectly matches the spirit that guides the creations of the prestigious carmaker.

The model features a tachometric scale on the bezel, and the dial evokes the distinctive radiator grille of the speed machines emerging from the Modena workshops. This highly sophisticated part is crafted in-house using the champlevé technique. It calls for a number of successive stages – carving out the cavities destined to be accommodate the lacquer, varnishing, rubbing down the surfaces and annealing the lacquer, as well as polishing – required to create a completely unique dial.

The display of the various read-off zones creates a beautifully structured overall effect associating blue surfaces with zones featuring snailed and satin-brushed finishes, arranged to provide a 60-minute graduated chapter ring at 12 o’clock, a date scale at 6 o’clock, and chronograph hour and minute counters at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively. The calfskin strap picks up the design codes of the car seat upholstery produced in Modena, while the entire model is graced with Maserati’s alternating silvery and blue colors.

This exclusive creation is issued in a special series bearing the Maserati Trident symbol on its transparent caseback. With its harmonious design and perfectly balanced proportion Octo Maserati is synonymous with passion of the kind that tolerates no compromise.

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Bulgari Octo Maserati

Technical data

Movement : Mechanical self-winding Calibre GG7800,
Integrated column-wheel chronograph,
“Aged gold” décor.
Frequency:21,600 vph (3Hz)
Power reserve:38 hours
Jewels :45
Functions :Jumping hour,
Retrograde minutes and date,
Central chronograph seconds hand,
Retrograde chronograph hour and minute counters at 9 and 3 o’clock
Case :Steel case
Diameter :45 mm
Bezel :Brushed steel bezel with tachometric scale
Crystal :Scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystal
Caseback:Transparent sapphire caseback adorned with the Maserati Trident symbol
Dial :Finely crafted champlevé blue-lacquered dial,
Hand-applied inner bezel ring,
Snailed chronograph hour and minute counters,
Water résistance :100 metres
Strap :Calfskin strap fitted with a steel triple-blade safety-fastening folding clasp

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