Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition Swiss

The 2014 Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition (ref. 920007208) celebrates a centenary of the Italian ultra-luxury car manufacturer. The Octo Maserati delivers the finest “sporty” design currently available on the market. It also comes powered by an impressive little “engine” that rivals the gorgeous V8 inside Maserati’s latest GranTurismo MC Stradale.

It’s not the first time that the Italian watchmaking brand partners with the iconic car maker. Back in 2012, both companies have presented another co-branded chronograph. Their Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition blended high-tech exterior with a complex chronograph mechanism developed and manufactured by Gerald Genta.

Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition

The Octo Quadri-Retro offered the signature dark blue color of the lacquered dial with lots of silver accents. The choice of art-deco styling was obvious here. After all, the design movement started to shine during the two decades between World War I and World War II. The period also happened to be the most fruitful for Maserati that was established in 1914 by Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto.

In December 2014 the Italian car manufacturer celebrated its centenary. Somebody at marketing decided that it would be a good idea to celebrate the anniversary of the most influential brand in Italian history with a “limited edition” chronograph, so here we go.

The Exterior

This new Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition uses the same approach as the one designed by Gerald Genta, but with a more modern feel to it. The exterior matches Maserati’s design language with its flowing curves and fast, aggressive lines. Its source of inspiration was the sporty silhouette of the 2014 Maserati GranTurismmo MC Stradale. Launched in 2010, the car still looks strikingly modern.

Bulgari  caliber BVL 328 Velocissimo (base Zenith El Primero)

The new Octo features the brand’s signature octagonal case with brushed and polished edges and ultra-massive, boxy lugs.

The pair of chronograph push-pieces are now even better blended in the design looking like integral parts of the stainless steel body. The setting crown doesn’t look convenient to manipulate but looks great. Kudos go to the grey ceramic inlay that replaces an outdated cabochon of a more classic timekeeper.

As massive as it looks on the pictures, the watch is in fact quite compact measuring 41.5 mm in width and only a bit over 13 millimeters in height. While you should still be cautious when choosing the right shirt and jacket to go with the device, it will look good on any normal wrist.

The Mechanism

Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition (dial and bezel)

Like some of their other watches, the Octo Maserati comes powered by Bulgari caliber BVL 328 Velocissimo. The mechanism is based on a high-speed Zenith El Primero automatic movement. The Caliber 328 features a non-magnetic silicon escapement and beats at 36,000 semi-oscillations per hour. Bvlgari didn’t invest much time and effort into redecorating the movement. The only thing that stands out is the open-worked and re-branded oscillating weight with the vertical Geneva Stripes motif.

Admiring the mechanism would not be an easy task. As the 2012 Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati, this specimen has its back cover equipped with a tinted sapphire crystal that makes it difficult to see the details.

The Price

According to the brand’s press release, the watch is limited to 1914 pieces. This basically means that finding one in a Bvlgari boutique near you will not be such a problem. The only problem may be its price: they plan to sell the timepiece at €9700, which is impressive for a model in stainless steel.

See also: Bvlgari Octo Chronograph Automatic

Photos: Bvlgari

WWR verdict

Originality 4.5/5
Build quality: 5/5
Usability: 4.5/5
Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for money: 4/5

Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition (ref. 920007208) specification

Price: $12,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Bulgari caliber BVL 328 Velocissimo (base Zenith El Primero), a silicon escapement, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 31
Movement frequency: 36,600 vph
Power reserve: 50 hours
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight adorned with “Cotes de Geneve” pattern
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case and Bezel: Stainless steel
Crown: Steel with ceramic inlay
Shape: Octagonal
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 41.50 mm
Case height: 13.07 mm
Dial: Champleve blue, lacquered and polished
Numerals: Arabic “12”
Hour markers: Applied
Hands: Steel, open-worked
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Maserati blue alligator leather strap with a steel folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Semi-transparent blue sapphire with the Maserati logo

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