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Bulgari Tadao Ando
This Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic is one of the 160 pieces from the Tadao Ando Limited Edition, designed in collaboration with a renowned self-taught Japanese architect. This Bulgari Octo Finissimo marks the second generation collaboration between renowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, and the Italian Jeweller. In recent years, Bulgari has exploited its rich heritage through the acquisition of Gerald Genta SA and Daniel Roth SA. The Octo Finissimo is both visually and mechanically appealing, the entire collection makes use of ultra-thin movements.
The designer behind the Octa Finissimo, Fabrizio Bonamassa, the Director of Watch Design at Bulgari also played an instrumental role in highlighting the similarities between Tadao Ando’s work and the Octo Finissimo. Bonamassa, essentially gave Tadao Ando a blank canvas to experiment with and removed the hour indexes. Tadao Ando is known for expressing his unique design philosophy through the use of concrete and glass similar to the design structure of the watch. In light of the warm reception, the first iteration of the collaboration fostered, the second generation, was equally impressive.
Time is meaningful to human beings as is living. When we display it as a clock, I believe it is not just counting time, but also a way to express oneself. – Tadao Ando
The first generations consisted of two references a time only limited to 200 examples and a tourbillon limited to 10 examples, both examples were exclusive to the Japanese market.
This Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando, second generation, ref. 103534 retains the 40mm case side. The major change lies in the materials used, the case and bracelet are made of black ceramic with a textured, sandblasted finish. The lacquered blue dial is rather interesting, the colour ranges from midnight dark blue to a bright and vibrant blue, mimicking the depths of a night sky.
Tadao Ando described the purpose of the watch as the following:
I wanted to make a watch that says, in this time of the pandemic, we must all find hope, no matter what.
The interplay between the stark ceramic black case and the dial is an evolution from the original monochromatic first generation. The yellow gold crescent around five o’clock signifies the easiest stages of a new moon. The Japanese refer to this slim present moon as Mikazuki, marking a symbol of rebirth.
This Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando Limited Edition is powered by the automatic Calibre BVL 138. The movement measure 2.23mm thick, a remarkable achievement and a world premiere when it first came out. Despite the thinness, the movement is still able to deliver a respectable power reserve of 60 hours. The movement is partially visible through an engraved signed sapphire case back.
Movement: BVL 138
Case Diameter: 40mm
Box & Papers: Original Box & Service Paper.
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