A side view of Bulgari’s new Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

Basel--Bulgari, the Italian brand best known for its wrist-wrapping snakes, continues to make its mark in the world of serious watchmaking with the introduction of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater at Baselworld.

Billed by the brand as the world’s thinnest flying tourbillon and thinnest minute repeater, the limited edition timepiece is powered by the in-house developed and produced BVL Calibre 362, which Bulgari said is 3.12 mm thick, and housed in a case that is only 6.85 mm.

To put that in perspective: Bulgari has managed to create a movement comprised of 362 components that’s only 0.12 inches thick and placed it in a case that’s slightly thinner than an iPhone 6 (6.9 mm).

032116 Bulgari-minute copyThe case of the Octo Finissimo is titanium, which gives the watch a lightness and allows it to diffuse sound. The hour markers on the dial and the seconds marker at 6 o’clock have a cut-out design, also helping to make the minute repeater heard.

The Octo Finissimo is limited to 50 pieces and retails for $155,000.

Also at Baselworld this year, the LVMH-owned Italian jewelry brand introduced the Serpenti Incantati, Serpenti Spiga and three new colors of Serpenti Jewellery watches as well as a five-wrap, two-tone Serpenti.

See them all in the slideshow below.



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