Two expensive Italian brands have joined their forces to bring you this piece of high-tech beauty. Being based on the 2011 Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph (ref. BGO45BSCLDCHQR), the new Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition (ref. BGO45C3SLDCHQR/MAS) features the same functionality, but adds to the winning formula Maserati colors and the iconic Trident 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 insignia.
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 thick) carries that masculine beauty you can usually see when it comes to sports cars and fighter jets. The whole “massiveness” effect is slightly pared though thanks to the brand’s traditional extremely short lug that allowed to keep the timekeeper’s overall length to just 50.5 millimeters. I personally don’t care much for the way it looks on an average wrist: the watch is definitely too thick for my taste, but if you are into this thing, the proportions that this watch sports may not be a problem: I know people who actually love this approach to design (they also tend to drive large gas-guzzling all-wheel-drive vehicles that are not even remotely as nimble as Maserati grand tourers, but who am I to judge?)
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 almost prohibitively 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.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati (ref. BGO45C3SLDCHQR/MAS) specification
Price: $32,000 (MSRP)
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: Branded oscillating weight, perlage, polished screw heads
Functions: Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, retrograde chronograph indicators, retrograde date
Case: Stainless steel, brushed
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 45.00 mm (50.50 mm lug-to-lug)
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Blue, lacquered
Numerals: Arabic, dark blue
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
Back: Sapphire, tinted deep blue, engraved and chrome-coated with Maserati logo and “Special Edition” lettering