Thin timepieces have always been pursued and respected by watchmakers. Today, starting with the introduction of Octo’s Finissimo tourbillon, BVLGARI Bulgari marks a new milestone in the development of ultra-thin, ultra-complex watches: a 1.95 mm thickness movement makes the running tourbillon the most slim and unique on the market The thinnest tourbillon ever.
There are countless elegant ultra-thin watches in the history of watchmaking. The tourbillon in ultra-thin watches is the representative of complex watches. As a member of the Octo family, Octo’s Finissimo tourbillon embodies the creative talents of Italy and the superb skills of Swiss watchmaking, and integrates many unique and innovative inventions.
Its movement is thinner than a Swiss franc coin. Since the beginning of the creation, the design has incorporated a number of ingenuity to reduce the overall thickness-the thickness of the tourbillon frame, which is the decisive factor in the production process, is only 1.95 mm. The combination of the frame and the base plate of the movement determines the thickness of the entire movement. The entire movement architecture consists of two splints: one for the minute hand and one for the tourbillon frame wheel train that makes one revolution per minute.
In developing the thinnest tourbillon movement, watchmakers have used a variety of solutions to achieve this. The first is ball bearings using rotating parts: 7 ball bearings are usually mounted on the basic movement, and the tourbillon frame has a shell-type rolling bearing to make it rotatable. The last ball bearing allows the escape wheel to rotate around it. The second is the elimination of the governing component group, because the timing is adjusted directly on the balance wheel, which also helps the movement to become thinner. The barrel is in place and guided by its adjacent 3 ball bearings. This solution doubled the height of the spring, thus achieving a power reserve of nearly 55 hours.
In a nutshell, the precision of the Finissimo tourbillon illustrates once again the infinite possibilities of mechanical innovation. The Finissimo tourbillon has 249 parts, and its finish and final combination show its unparalleled perfection: the base plate and the splint are chamfered and decorated with Geneva waves; the gears are chamfered and the screw heads are polished Both the groove and the groove are also chamfered, and the ends are polished. The hour and minute hands on the black dial are lacquered and polished, simple and elegant, embedded in a platinum case with a diameter of 40 mm and fitted with a black alligator leather strap with a platinum buckle. There is no doubt that the Octo Finissimo tourbillon represents a major step forward in the pursuit of ultra-thin and complex watchmaking technology.
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