Bulgari Octo Double Reversal World Cup Edition Review
Gerald Genta is among the most revered designers and watchmakers in the watch industry from the twentieth century. He's the man responsible for none Aside from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak along with the Patek Philippe Nautilus, in Addition to the Omega Constellation, Amongst Others. A number of his designs were not very well received at release however, over time, have proven to be timeless favorites among collectors and fans alike.
Throughout his lengthy career, Gerald Genta worked in-house at Universal Geneve, as a hired gun for Patek Philippe, and also independently when he started his own namesake brand. The Gerald Genta brand was known for exceptional designs with retrograde or multi-retrograde displays in, often, avant garde cases.
Gerald Genta and Bulgari
In 1999, Bulgari acquired the Gerald Genta manufacturer and incorporated it with their own line of watches, gradually eliminating the name in the lineup, but not entirely.
The Bulgari Octo Bi-Retro Brazil is a direct descendant of the Gerald Genta Octo Bi-Retro.
Many of the latter's trademark design attributes stay and, even now, the Gerald Genta signature can be located on the case back and automatic rotor. As its name implies, the Octo Bi-Retro has an octagonal case design which is created from stainless steel with a satin, bead-blasted finish.
Case Features & Complications
There are sharp angles abound giving the case a chiseled, architectural appearance. It is 43 millimeters in diameter, excluding the crown, but wears more like 45mm due to its distinctive form. The matte black porcelain bezel using rhodium"bolts" adds a contrast to the layout as well. An onyx cabochon is incorporated in the studded crown that refines the expression of the watch. The overall fit and finish and quality of materials on this item are extremely impressive.
There are many distinct variants within the Bulgari Octo range. They provide easy time-only, chronograph, tourbillon, and also the world's thinnest minute repeater. The case design alone stands out one of the luxury watch arena. Yet, together with the Bi-Retro, you get another conversation starter once you add the unique bi-retrograde, jump-hour, display.
Bulgari Octo World Cup Dial Detail
In this configuration, the second hand travels 210 degrees across the dial and immediately jumps back every hour. At exactly the exact same time, you will see the electronic hour screen advance also. This all happens so fast you really have to be watching carefully to see it. Located at six o'clock is the retrograde date sign that travels 180 degrees at the end of the month.
The moments display can be advanced forward or turned backward, and the date and hour can be advanced forward via the crown. On the other hand, the jump hour can't be adjusted backward. So to correct the hour indication without impacting the date, there is an adjuster button on the side of the situation at nine o'clock.
This limited edition of fifty five then pushes the bar even higher with an eye blue blue, green, and yellow dial, finished in the traditional method of champlevé where cut-outs of this dial are filled with lacquer, then baked. This gives the dial a deep shade and three-dimensional appearance. Every single person I showed this watch to responded with,"WOW". As you may have guessed, these colours are modeled after the Brazilian flag.
As to be expected with a watch of this amount, the caseback is fitted with a sapphire crystal to show off the in-house GG7722 movement. Bulgari chose to decorate the entire caliber with circular graining that makes a crushing effect that I've never seen before. Yet another interesting distinction for this piece. As mentioned before, the movement is automatic with a uni-directional rotor which will wind the mainspring to a max of 45 hours of power reserve.
Wearing the Octo Bi-Retro Brazil
About the wrist the Bulgari Octo Bi-Retro is very wearable. While the general dimensions are large, the instance is simply 12.35mm thick therefore , the watch sits flat and low on the wrist. It's fastened with an integrated rubber strap with deployment clasp. As many have come to expect, the rubber band lends it to be very comfortable. The cross hatch pattern of this strap provides a nice texture which permits you to use the eye in an assortment of situations. I wouldn't think twice about pairing this view with a lawsuit.
On the Wrist with the Bulgari watches Octo World Cup watch
The Bulgari Octo Bi-Retro Brazil is a special watch that stands out from the rest. Also being a limited edition of fifty in the world, you are not likely to encounter another like it. But, perhaps, what is most important is that this would definitely be the type of watch that you simply look down grin. It's just that good.