This watch surprised me.
I bought this watch through my AD. He had none in stock and had to order it. It took about 3 weeks, and came in a beautiful, dark wooden box - probably the best watch box I've ever received. It's much nicer than anything from Rolex, Oris, or Panerai (other ones I've received thus far as a collector).
That said, on to the watch:
- Comfort: The watch is incredibly lightweight with a 5.5mm case thickness (normal Octo Finissimo Automatic is 5.15mm). And, while it's bracelet is also ~.3 thicker thicker than its steel or titanium counterparts, it feels almost paper thin still and it's way thinner than anything else in my collection. The movement and fluidity of the bracelet is very natural and so much so you forget it's on the wrist. That said, the ceramic feels sturdy and very durable.
- Durability: Not once since wearing the watch have I felt it is fragile or breakable. This was my biggest fear prior to purchasing. Rather, it feels like the opposite - strong and reliable. And, as an aside, I've been rotating this watch with my new Rolex GMT - and to my surprise after wearing each watch 2-3 times - I already have little hairline marks on the Rolex clasp while the Bulgari Octo looks flawless and untouched by any "desk dives."
- Wrist Presence: The watch is not flashy whatsoever and most ppl don't realize it is a $15k+ watch, which is a bonus. Others that want something to standout more may not love this matte black ceramic. That said, when people do notice the watch - watch enthusiasts and less interested watch ppl - they immediately ask if I can take it off so they can check it out - and then are amazed at how thin it is. And, soon as they flip it around they are blown away by the backside view of the movement. So, this watch surprises those more keen observers at work and in the family! I'll also say the thinness makes it a dress watch. Yet, the broadness with all the 100+ facets enable to easily wear casual with T-shirts. It's probably the only watches in my collection that can go from T-shirt to Tux, to my surprise. Lastly, I will say because of its "flatness" on the wrist it feels a little larger than 40mm - almost closer to 42mm. It doesn't feel/look oversized though - and it works due its thinness - but again it looks closer to 42mm (which I happen to like due to its matte finish).
- Future Proof: It has the thinnest automatic movement ever made (but it's not the thinnest automatic watch) and it is the thinnest "ceramic" watch. Moreover, it's the only watch with an all ceramic execution, including the clasp! That part is particularly brilliant. I also think right now it's underrated and will be a watch remembered and pursued by many in the years ahead like other great watches that were ahead of their time when released, e.g. Nautilus, Royal Oak, etc.
Overall Verdict: In the end, I'm impressed. This watch has surpassed my expectations and represents an incredible add to the Bulgari Octo Finissimo line and further proves Bulgari is in it to build out truly distinctive and advance modern watches (they've really taken advantage of their Gerald Genta roots with this line). While I feel like the titanium was a little "dull" for my taste and the stainless steel felt like a scratch magnet, this black ceramic version has hit the sweet spot. It's versatile, fun yet elegant, and ridiculously comfortable and durable. If you're okay with an under the "radar" piece and want something off the beaten path that is innovative - this is it!
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