Titanium for Bulgari Octo L’Originale

Press Release – Pre-Baselworld 2018

Titanium for Bulgari Octo L’Originale

These two timepieces representing the origins of the line appear this year in a new and eminently contemporary exterior. Titanium is a technical material greatly prized in watchmaking, as well as in industry as a whole, due to its numerous qualities, including thermal, mechanical and corrosion resistance.

Historically, aeronautics and the aerospace industry were the first to use titanium. It goes into the making of most aircraft in the form of forged parts. While military equipment manufacturers see it as an essential component of modern armour-plating, medicine and surgery have leveraged its salutary potential in developing artificial limbs, joints and implants. Lightness is one of its key virtues. Titanium boasts a density 40% lower than that of steel, combined with excellent resistance to mechanical stress, fire and corrosion.  Better still, titanium is biocompatible, as are gold and platinum.

Bulgari Octo L’Originale

The case and dial of the two reference watches in the Octo line are made from this metal. The three-hand version is equipped with a mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BVL 191 Solotempo, driving the hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. It has a 42-hour power reserve. The chronograph is powered by the high-frequency mechanical self-winding BVL 328 Velocissimo movement.

This column-wheel chronograph with a silicon escapement has a 50-hour power reserve.

Bulgari Octo L’Originale Chronograph