Bulgari presented the first version of the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon in January 2022. It features the case of the Octo family, but unlike the Octo Finissimo, which is a selective and in a way minimalist design, the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon is more radical in style. Powered by the BVL 428 caliber, it is a tourbillon minute repeater that strikes the hours via three hammers and three gongs, as opposed to a traditional minute repeater, which strikes the hours via two gongs.
Normally, a minute repeater is constructed in such a way that the time is “read” from the position of the hands and the correct hours, quarters and minutes are transmitted to the hammers and gongs with the rack and snails all below the dial. The Octo Roma Blue Carillon Tourbillon has a platinum case with a blue titanium center. The watch is 44mm x 12.83mm overall. It was issued in a limited edition of 30 pieces worldwide and was priced at $317,000 at launch.
This is an extraordinary cheap fake watches, but also a challenging one, as it combines a lot of very traditional high-end finishing with a deliberately angular, aggressive and architectural case design. While the watch uses many modern technical solutions – I guarantee you won’t find a pocket watch from 1885 with a case that has a perforated titanium center – the gongs are hardened steel and formed and annealed in the traditional way from steel wire.
So what you have is a combination of a very, very traditional complication, a very classic execution as far as finishing is concerned, but with a modern layout and a deliberately avant-garde case design, although I’m not sure that right-angled prongs are really avant-garde in the current watchmaking industry.
Whether you find such a thing useful will depend on – well, it will depend on whether you find it useful, I suppose. It reminds me of a restaurant that serves food based on classic French haute cuisine techniques – traditional knife work, sauces and recipes that trace their definitive lineage back to Nouvelle Cusine all the way to Fernand Point, if not Escoffier – but in a deliberately designed environment that contradicts the haute cuisine stereotype of what a fine dining establishment looks like contradict.
I rarely go to posh French restaurants so that I kind of want the whole white tablecloth and footstools, but I also understand that that kind of thing can look obvious and even a little depressing. This best swiss replica watches could have had a round rose gold case, a grand feu enamel dial and nothing to reveal its complexity except the minute repeater pushers, but it looks like an extension of the whole idiom of the minute repeater. It has plenty of company – these days we don’t expect anything out of the ordinary when it comes to chiming complications – but it offers a very special Bulgari solution of how to take a serious complication a little less seriously.