Watches: Bvlgari Octo Maserati
By Thierry Ané on October 6, 2014
The world of watches is full of partnerships of all sorts but I think it is safe to say that it is with the automobile industry that the strongest and more meaningful links have been established over the years. The affinity between our beloved instruments of time measurement and cars is so strong that very few watch brands have never collaborated one way or another with the automotive circles.
Sadly enough, many such associations are only envisioned to boost sales without real profound connection between the two parties. In my view, nothing sounds hollower than a renowned car manufacturer’s name on a watch’s dial to add a semblance of prestige… Fortunately though, other partnerships make perfect sense and become the ideal source of inspiration for stunning timepieces.
Very few car-watch associations seem more appropriate than the collaboration initiated in 2012 by Bvlgari and Maserati! Each of these two brands epitomises the very best of Italian design and luxury in its own domain. They are known for the excellence of their products combining classic elegance and bold Italian-inspired aesthetics with outstanding performance and innovative spirit.
Our readers may remember the first opus born from this collaboration: the beautiful Octo Chrono Quadri Retro Maserati released in 2012. This year marks the centenary of Maserati as well as the 130th anniversary of Bvlgari and to celebrate this joint-milestone, a new timepiece featuring the subtle lines of the new Octo collection has just been unveiled.
Simply named Octo Maserati, the new creation retains some of the stylistic traits that have made the success of the first model but the design team instilled an additional touch of elegance to best showcase the values of these two Houses.
It all starts with the new Octo case crafted in stainless steel for this model. Although it presents the same general architecture as the one used for the Octo Chrono Quadri Retro Maserati, the volumes have been entirely reworked to add refinement to originality. With a diameter of 41.50 mm for a thickness of just 13.07 mm, this complex case features 110 facets in its middle part and a tachymeter scale on the bezel. In tribute to Maserati, its open back is protected by a blue semi-transparent sapphire crystal bearing Maserati’s name and famous trident logo as well as a “one out of 1914” inscription to remind that just 1,914 pieces will be produced as a nod to the founding year of the luxury sports car manufacturer.
The face of the watch is equally striking thanks to a blue lacquered champlevé background and three white circled registers for the chronograph and small seconds. Baton hour marker appliqués save for a large “12” and skeleton and facetted Dauphine hours and minutes hands complete the look. Bvlgari’s name appears proudly just below the “12” numeral and the reference to Maserati is subtle as it should be: the famous trident tops the chronograph central seconds hand. This stunning timepiece is mounted on blue alligator strap that recalls the supple and refined upholstery of the famous sports car. It is secured to the wrist by a double-blade steel folding clasp.
A description of this impressive timepiece would not be complete without a few praises on its superlative movement. The BVL 328 Velocissimo calibre is entirely developed and produced in-house by Bvlgari. This self-winding movement with a power reserve of 50 hours features an integrated chronograph and beats at the ususually high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hours. It is equipped with a silicon escapement and an oscillating pinion operating as a clutch to ensure the chronograph is operated as precisely as a sequential gearbox.
Technically or aesthetically, the Octo Maserati is quite an impressive timepiece that perfectly embodies the Italian excellence both Maserati and Bvlgari are so famous for.
For more information please visit the Bvlgari web site.