BVLGARI GERALD GENTA OCTO GRANDE SONNERIE TOURBILLON WATCH

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Unique piece; already sold. The complexity of the twin-barrel movement naturally lies in the number of components: This authentic masterpiece can also perform two major audible functions: Sounds have been associated with horology for a very long time: Locked login to reply. Despite its complexity, Bulgari has seen fit to ensure the watch is water resistant to 30 meters, should its new owner fancy a swim. And it has already been sold for an undisclosed sum—reportedly to a collector in Asia.

Bulgari has experimented before with high tech case construction and materials in chiming watches — most notably in the Magsonic — and the case of the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual calendar follows suit, with the movement contained in an inner case that acts as a resonating chamber, and an outer case with longitudinal slits to allow sound to emerge more readily. It also accommodates the minute disc. Open up to luxury this year. Packaged in a 44 mm sandblasted karat rose-gold case with a transparent caseback, the automatic model comes on a black alligator strap with an karat rose-gold sandblasted folding clasp. Click here to visit our UK site. And unlike some of Bulgari’s previous highly complicated watches, which have tended to favor a somewhat baroque visual style more clearly connected to the company’s visual language as a jeweler, the Octo Grand Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar embraces the more spare geometry and austere finishing style that characterizes the ultra-thin Octo watches — in particular, in its industrial-chic angularity, it’s reminiscent of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon. Unique piece; already sold.

It also accommodates the minute disc. The complexity of the twin-barrel movement naturally lies in the number of components: Jack Forster October 5, Certainly, the two companies no longer exist as independent brands however, as the years have passed and watchmaking at Bulgari has continued to evolve, it’s clear that many of the essentials of both companies are alive and well, but re-imagined in ways that their founders probably could never have imagined.

This exceptional creation is all the rarer in that the watchmaker responsible for assembling its movement takes over a year to accomplish this daunting task… Octo Grande Sonnerie Tourbillon in a nutshell: While I have nothing against the more lavish, curvilinear sensuality of some of the earlier complicated watches from Bulgari, I think this is an interesting and fresh direction to take in the production of these extremely costly, rare, and exotic watches.

From Medieval times onwards, a watchman stationed in a tower was responsible for calling out the hours based on his observation of the position of the stars in the sky; sailors also used a bell or a whistle to announce changes of watch on deck.

You get power reserve indications for both the strike train and the going train as well. There’s a one-minute tourbillon as well. Despite its complexity, Bulgari has seen fit to ensure the watch is water resistant to 30 meters, should its new owner fancy a swim.

Subscribe Today at Huge Savings! Newsletter Sign up for our newsletter and go inside the world of luxury. Within the family of Grand Complication models, this watch is distinguished by a combination of a minute repeater mechanism with a jumping-hour display and retrograde minutes indication.

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Cancel Options Watermark images. Subscribe to Robb Report today and enjoy Free digital access. This exceptional movement, Calibre GGis an amazing distillate of excellence and symbolises several centuries of human and horological history.

Bulgari acquired considerable resources in complicated watchmaking at the time as well, and since then has made great strides in adding its own research and development expertise to its watch collections, which is most in evidence in its ultra-thin watches — however, it has by no means ignored the creation of high complications as well.

Technological progress progressively miniaturising steeple clocks to pocket watches, and finally to wrist watch form. Introducing The Swatch Flymagic. It is also symbolised by the internal organs dedicated to sound, or rather to the different types of sound that this musical work of art is capable of playing.

Get the Robb Report newsletter. The cadence of the G and C notes sounded is optimised: And unlike some of Coto previous highly complicated watches, which have tended to favor a somewhat baroque visual style more clearly connected to the company’s visual language as a sonneerie, the Octo Grand Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar embraces the more spare geometry and austere finishing style that characterizes the ultra-thin Octo watches — in particular, in its industrial-chic angularity, it’s reminiscent of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon.

The price for the last watch in which this movement was used was just shy of one million dollars, and while Bulgari hasn’t disclosed the price wwtch seems reasonable to assume that the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar is in the same ballpark.

Bulgari Unveils a Timepiece of Staggering Complexity

This authentic masterpiece can also perform two major audible functions: There are a number of safety features: The lower gong strikes the hours, the gong set to the upper tourbilloj musical interval strikes the minutes, and both are used to strike the quarter-hours.

One may of course also opt for the silence mode. From a purely technical perspective, there is, no surprises, a lot going on.

The gongs are made wagch a special steel alloy with a diameter similar to that of a piano string playing the bvlgafi notes. The watch is a grande et petite sonnerie and minute repeater; it’s a Westminster carillon, striking on four gongs, and in addition to the time, there are indications for the day, week, month, leap year, and of course the date.

Packaged in a 44 mm sandblasted karat rose-gold case with a transparent caseback, the automatic model comes on a black alligator strap with an karat rose-gold sandblasted folding clasp. The brand is known for perfecting the ultra-slim aesthetic, such as with three Octo Finissimo models that, sincehave set world records for thinness.

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PLUS free digital access. Self-winding movement, Grande Sonnerie Westminster Chime, retrograde grsnde display, power-reserve indicators, disc-type minutes display; 21, vph, hour power reserve.

Looking for Robb Report UK? The most recent record-breaking timepieces Bulgari has introduced are the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbonand the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic — the former holds the world’s record for thinnest minute repeater, and the latter holds three records: Looking at a complicated watch from Bulgari is always something of an exercise in nostalgia for me — I remember pretty vividly when the sonberie acquired Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta; there was at the time considerable hand-wringing in some circles about the loss of two such unique watchmaking firms to what we all thought gfande be a more corporate, generic, and characterless kind of watchmaking.

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Bulgari has experimented before with high tech case construction and materials in aatch watches — most notably in the Magsonic — and the case of the Octo Grande Sonnerie Perpetual calendar follows suit, with the movement contained in an inner case that acts as a resonating chamber, and an outer case with longitudinal slits to allow sound to emerge more readily.

The Octo Grand Sonnerie Perpetual Calendar is a perfect case in point — the movement seems to be more or less identical in general layout tourbollon the caliber used in the Bulgari Daniel Roth Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetual Watch, and Bulgari identifies the movement with the same reference number now with the Bulgari movement prefix, BVL but the externals are a dramatic change from the model.

Talking Watches With Gary Shteyngart. Please fill out this field with valid email address. With the birth and development of the mechanical measurement of time, large-sized timekeeping instruments — bell tower clocks — replaced human beings in this role.

Chiming complications have been especially well represented, and in the past, these have included the Bulgari Daniel Roth Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetual Watch, as well as the Grande Sonnerie Magsonic, some very elaborately decorated automaton watches such as the Commedia dell’arte series and many others. Here, Bulgari is playing, as it did with the Octo Finissimo Repeater Carbon, with contrasts, and engaging in something of an experiment, which is to contrast the very traditional watchmaking on view with a relatively spare, almost anti-ornamental exterior.

It’s self-winding both the going train and strike train are wound automatically with a silent governor for the strike.

Travel Destinations Hotels Resorts Spas. Subscribe Today Give the Gift of Luxury. Click here to visit our UK site. This masterpiece embodies a stunning blend of exclusive contemporary design and noble watchmaking traditions. Grande et petite sonnerie, perpetual calendar with tourbillon, indication of the leap year, day, week, date, phase and age of the moon; power reserve indications for the strike train and going train; various safety systems to prevent damage to the movement during striking en passant or on demand, or during setting of the time; silent centrifugal governor for the strike train.

The past 18 years have proven those of us who mourned the loss of Roth and Genta as independent entities, both right and wrong.

Meanwhile, the Petite Sonnerie mode also sounds the hour and the first, second and third quarters in passing. Get The Magazine Open up to luxury this year.