Hands-On – The New Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso

Hands-On – The New Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso

This couldn’t truly be a greater amount of an Italian affair… Since 2012, the two Italian brands Bulgari and Maserati have worked in association for the making of committed watches, roused by the universe of extravagance and sports vehicles. The initial two releases, a complex Octo Quadri-Retro in 2012 and a bold Octo Velocissimo in 2014 , were outfitted with chronograph developments. Be that as it may, for their most recent joint creation, the new Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati, we’ll have something completely unique regarding show, yet at the same time with similar games vehicle motivation behind.

Even if the two Italian brands Bulgari and Maserati have been in association since 2012, it couldn’t be viewed as a profoundly productive organization. For sure, in 5 years, just 2 watches have been made. Also, truth be told, realizing how this industry can “milk” a few plans to a direct close toward disturbance, it appears to be that having a couple, yet well curated devoted releases, is in reality more important. In 2012, the primary watch made by Bulgari for Maserati was a complex chronograph with 4 retrograde signs and bouncing hours – very Daniel Roth indeed. This Bulgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati ( see a model here ) was very something. Afterward, in 2014, Bulgari came out with a second Maserati-enlivened watch, the  Octo Velocissimo Chronograph, which we introduced to you here . The last was furnished with a 5Hz section wheel programmed chronograph (based on the El Primero, as Bulgari and Zenith are both possessed by LVMH). As both depended on a games vehicle topic, the utilization of chronograph developments was nearly compulsory.

Now in 2017, another watch proceeds with the organization among Bulgari and Maserati. This time, if the games vehicle motivation is significantly more self-evident, the originators and watchmakers needed some different option from a chronograph to cause you to feel that you’re driving a Maserati, yet additionally wearing one on the wrist… And truth be told, this new Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati – accessible in two forms, GranSport & GranLusso – is much more astute than the two first joint effort pieces. Also, all together not to ruin the selectiveness of these pieces, they will be saved uniquely for proprietors of a vehicle bearing the Trident brand image (meaning Maserati), and will be accessible just in Bulgari Boutiques.

There will be 2 renditions of the Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati accessible. The first is the GranSport, which depends on conventional shadings utilized by the Italian vehicle creator, which means dark and splendid blue. The case is dark DLC-covered steel, with a dark dial, silver records and hands, and a few blue accents for what it’s worth. The subsequent adaptation, in view of a more rich, less energetic motivation, is the GranLusso, with a 18kt pink gold case, dim dial and gold accents everywhere on the dial. Something else, the two watches are in fact equal.

What we have with the new Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati are two watches that are unflinchingly Bulgari, with a trace of Maserati feel. Very much tempered, the cooperation stays careful and all around mixed. The case is the symbolic Octo, which combines an overall octagonal shape with a round bezel. Sharp points, different features, a few surface finishings… This case is conspicuous among 1,000. It is here introduced in a 41.5mm breadth, realizing that this determination ought to be considered somewhat extraordinary, as this octagonal shape will in general feel bigger on the wrist. The Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati has extensive presence, yet it wears comfortably.

What certainly helps the comfort – and furthermore complement the look – is the incorporated calfskin lash. For sure, its shape permits the watch to be adjusted and to “hug” the wrist. It has a decent punctured style, with differentiating blue stitchings on the GranSport adaptation (again, Maserati’s famous colour), which feels suggestive of vehicle upholstery. A collapsing catch, in gold or dark DLC-covered steel, contingent upon the adaptation, completes the bundle. In general, there’s no uncertainty about the provenance of these Octo Retro Maserati… They are plainly Bulgari pieces.

Let’s presently take a gander at the fundamental feature of these Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati models: their presentation. As we said, the two first coordinated effort pieces were chronographs, a characteristic incorporation for sports-vehicle roused watches, regardless of whether it is one that isn’t actually unique. With the 2017 watches, Bulgari brings something cool, and indeed absolutely pertinent to the subject. Straightforward, perfect, readable, the dial of the Octo Retro just shows 2 signs: the minutes and the hours. However, it does it in a complex, unique way, with a retrograde moment hand and a bouncing hour show, set in a window at 3. Other than the mechanical interest of this showcase (which again feels very Daniel Roth Papillon… and it’s no curve balls, as Bulgari took over Daniel Roth a couple of years ago), the similarity with a car dashboard is striking.

Large applied Arabic numerals demonstrate the many the minutes and, much the same as on a games vehicle fire up counter, they ought to be increased by 10 (see the engraving at 6 o’clock). The GranSport variant has a finished dark dial with silver applied files, numeral and hands, while a couple of blue accents edify the plan. The other adaptation, the GranLusso model (meaning Grand Luxe), has a dull dim dial with sun-beam brushing and applied files, numerals and hands in pink gold, coordinating the case. The Maserati logo is likewise obvious on the dial of the latter.

To power the Octo Retro Maserati GranSport & GranLusso, Bulgari utilizes its in-house type BVL 262, which depends on the traditional BVL 191, utilized for example in the Octo Roma or the Solotempo assortment. This development, with a 26.2mm distance across, a 42h force save and a 4Hz recurrence, is the standard offer of the brand. However here, it has been generally altered to incorporate the retrograde minutes/hopping hours complication. Seen through the sapphire caseback, it has a wonderful beautification, with slight Geneva stripes and cleaned angles on the primary scaffold. Ps. that caseback alone is as of now a serious plan monument…

These Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati models are held for Maserati proprietors just and will be accessible solely in Bulgari Boutiques. The dark DLC-covered GranSport adaptation is evaluated at 12,500 Euro/CHF 11,900. The 18kt pink gold GranLusso form is evaluated at 29,900 Euro/CHF 28,900. More subtleties on www.bulgari.com .

Note: the watches captured here were early models. Last forms currently highlight a colored caseback with Maserati Logo moved. Additionally, the dark form likewise includes the applied Maserati logo on the dial at 3.


Technical Specifications – Bulgari Octo Retro Maserati

  • Case: 41.5mm measurement – steel with dark DLC covering or 18kt pink gold – sapphire precious stone on both faces
  • Movement: Caliber BVL 262, in-house – programmed – 4Hz recurrence – 26 gems – 42h force save – retrograde minutes and hopping hours
  • Strap: Perforated calfskin in dark with blue stitchings or in brown
  • Price: 12,500 Euro (GranSport) – 29,900 Euro (GranLusso)