Ferrari as we reported earlier has switched from Panerai to Movado for as its official watchmaker. If you don’t dig that brand, and if you are desperate for an Italian watch with an Italian car brand, don’t despair. Bvlgari just announced the Maserati Octo watch, a magnificent and very complex timepiece for the Italian sports car maker.
Being a Bvulgari watch, the Octo is by no means understated or simple. It is big – with a 45 mm case – and rather ostentatious. The watch features a Haute Horlogerie movement representing a Calibre GG7800 mechanism.
You may also find it a bit hard reading the time, but hey. 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. 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.
Bvlgari has not announced the production number and the pricing for the Octo yet.
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
- 45 jewels
- FUNCTIONS: Jumping hour, retrograde minutes and date, central chronograph seconds hand, retrograde chronograph hour and minute counters at 3 and 9 o’clock.
- CASE: Steel case, 45 mm in diameter, brushed steel bezel with tachometric scale, scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystal, 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, satin-brushed minute counter.
- WATER RESISTANCE: 100 metres.
- STRAP: Calfskin strap fitted with a steel triple-blade safety-fastening folding clasp.