Sketchy Business: Bulgari launches the second phase of the limited edition Octo Finissimo sketch pieces

The new models – time only, and chronograph GMT models – feature creative director Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani’s sketch of the movement on the dial side
When Bulgari launched its first Octo Finissimo ‘sketch models’ in 2022 for the 10th anniversary of the line, featuring a sketch made by creative director Fabrizio Buonomassa Stigliani, it certainly grabbed eyeballs. This was, after all, a change of direction for the award-winning Octo Finissimo line, known for its records in thinness. An irreverent, creative dial seemed to bring out a new side to the line, one that was until then not anticipated. 
18K rose gold Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic with a 'sketch dial'

Now, buoyed by the response to those models. Bulgari has launched a new set of sketch dial Octo Finissimos for the brand’s 140th anniversary. These include two time only models, the Octo Finissimo Automatic, in steel and in 18K rose gold, and one Chronograph GMT in steel. The sandblasted dial base this time though features Stigliani’s first drawing of the movement powering the watches, in the case of the automatic version, the BVL138. 

Steel Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic with a 'sketch dial'

This drawing features details like the micro rotor, bridge, and the names of the finishes that adorn the movement (perlage, cotes de Geneve). The aesthetic rough, busy, pretty much how a hand-drawn artwork would look. But when it comes from Stigliani, whose rough sketches are just as captivating as a finished work, it’s a winner. Just head over to his Instagram to see his several free-hand drawings of designs, and you’ll know what I mean.
Creative director Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani's sketch for the dial

The watches come in 40mm for the automatics and a 43mm steel case for the Chronograph GMT. The watches are water resistant to 100 mts, and the thickness is 6.40mm instead of 5.15mm that was in the original. Turn over the automatic version, and you can see the words ‘EDIZIONE LIMITATA’ and ‘1884 - 2024’ on the sapphire crystal caseback. Visible through it is the actual movement, BVL138, whose sketch adorns the front. The watch has a power reserve of 60 hours. 
The sketch for the chronograph GMT model

The automatic steel versions, limited to 280 pieces, are priced at €17,800, and the rose gold piece, limited to 70 pieces, is at €51,000. The Chronograph GMT in steel is limited to 140 individually-numbered pieces, and is priced at €20,800.

Images: Courtesy Bulgari

Launched in 2012, WatchTime India is the result of a collaboration between America's most-read watch magazine, WatchTime and, India's leading media house, Malayala Manorama. With an aim to popularise and celebrate the evolving watch culture of the country, the publication is your one-stop destination for everything related to fine luxury watches. From the latest tests to reviews, to exclusive features on the history and horological heritage of some of the most spectacular watch brands of the world, the WatchTime India portal has a lot to offer. Stay tuned for an exciting journey, through the fascinating world of watches!

Sign up for our newsletters to have the latest stories delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletters to have the latest stories delivered to your inbox