Two expensive Italian brands have joined their forces to bring you this piece of high-tech beauty. Being based on the last year’s Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph model, the new Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition wrist watch features the same functionality, but adds to the winning formula Maserati colors and logo. What’s really exciting is that, compared to some other makers of luxury sports cars, Maserati didn’t even insist on plastering the timekeeper’s face and strap with its signature Trident sign.
Like it is the case with many “special edition” models, the watch doesn’t differ from the base model except for its colors and some other minor finishing details.
It still comes it the well-known octagonal stainless steel case, which, being whole 45 millimeters in diameter (and also quite thick) carries that masculine beauty you can usually see when it comes to sports cars and fighter jets.
All the numerous indicators (including the retrograde minutes counter in the upper half of the dial, the 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph totalizers at 9 and 3 o’clock, the retrograde date display at 6 hours, as well the jumping hours display at 12 o’clock) are on their usual places.
New here is only the somewhat unusual tachymeter scale that starts not at 12 hours, but at six o’clock and lets you measure speeds from sleepy 60 to mind-numbing 500 kilometers per hour.
The only thing that hints that this Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition is a co-branded watch is the unusual blue and silver color scheme of the lacquered dial, which is supported with blue calfskin strap, and the famous Trident logo, which is printed on the tinted sapphire case back and can only be seen if the owner takes the watch off his wrist.
As for the price, it is going to be quite high. We expect these gorgeous timekeepers to wear pretty much impressive price tag around $30,000-$35,000 in boutiques and maybe somewhat less expensive at authorized dealers.
Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition Automatic chronograph watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber GG7800, by Gerald Genta in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 37
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 45 hours
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, retrograde chronograph indicators, retrograde date
Case material: Stainless steel, brushed
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Octagonal
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Dial: Blue, lacquered
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Steel, dauphine-shaped
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Blue calfskin strap with butterfly clasp in steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire, tinted, engraved with Maserati logo