Bulgari - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Bulgari
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 103023
    Case No: P03804
    Model Name: Octo Finissimo - Middle East Edition
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. BVL 138, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Titanium Bulgari bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Bulgari International Warranty card dated May 27, 2021, sealed customer care booklet, additional links, polishing cloth, fitted box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In just a few years, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo model has established itself as a major player in the high-end premium sports watch industry. The Octo Finissimo's sleek taught lines, strong look, and extremely thin casing have become instantly recognizable and a favorite among collectors since its debut in 2017. The Bulgari caliber BVL 138 housed in the Octo Finissimo is one of the world's slimmest automatic movements, measuring only 2.23mm thick and boasting a 60-hour power reserve - the casing is remarkably only 5.15 millimeters thick. Although the Octo Finissimo is available in a number of metals (titanium, steel, ceramic, and pink gold), only a few dial variants have been made, making the current titanium specimen with dark green Eastern Arabic numerals a very uncommon and highly sought after piece. The Bulgari brand signature is also in green, as is the "Swiss Made" signature at the bottom of the dial, for more uniformity and balance. The current timepiece, in pristine condition, is a superb opportunity for modern icon collectors to acquire something of limited production and accessible exclusively in Bulgari stores in the Middle East.

  • Artist Biography



    Originally from Kalarites, Greece, Sotirios Voulgaris emigrated to Rome because of Greece's rising poverty and difficulty separating from the Ottoman Empire. He set foot on Italian soil in 1880 with little money in his pocket and spent the next four years preparing what would go on to become Italy's oldest jewelry company. 

    In 1884, Bulgari opened its doors to the Italian people with its offering of jewelry and accessories. Bulgari's style takes from traditions in Greek and Roman craftsmanship to elegantly balance volume and subtlety. Later, in the late 1960s, Bulgari bridged classicism and modernity by introducing its seductive, now-iconic Serpenti collection of snake-shaped coil bracelets and watches. It is through its meticulous combination of influences that Bulgari has garnered an international and loyal high-profile clientele, which included Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. These Hollywood stars have immortalized the house's unique gem-adorned bracelets, necklaces and earrings in rounded forms. 

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Ref. 103023
A very fine and attractive ultra slim titanium wristwatch with Eastern Arabic dial and bracelet, warranty and presentation box, made for the Middle Eastern market

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF23,940

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

+41 22 317 81 81

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Head of Sale, Geneva

+41 22 317 96 63

The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022