Certain timepieces, much like certain cars, announce loud and clear that you have arrived in life. Mind you, for a wristwatch to send this message, it doesn’t have to be overtly flashy, or to necessarily be a brand with big-box cachet.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
At Baselworld 2019, Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Chronograph baffled many a journalist. Upon first inspection, many struggled to locate the winding rotor that made this ultra-thin piece (6.9mm) an automatic, and not hand-wound, watch. Cleverly, Bulgari has used a platinum peripheral rotor that is not only an efficient, space-saving solution but also an optical treat. While its orbital journey around the manufacture calibre is cool in itself, the fact it enables unobstructed appreciation of the mechanism is a major bonus.
Nothing says you’ve made it quite like a tourbillon-powered timepiece, especially one that’s also equipped with a chronograph complication. Here’s the thing though, this level on mechanical eccentricity usually commands a price tag in excess of six figures. But, Tag Heuer has always been rather keen on bucking the proverbial trend, and the avant-garde watchmaker’s 02T tourbillon is no exception, because it can be had for less than $25,000. Looks wise, it’s a handsome timepiece, in a contemporary sort of way, sporting a large 45mm sandblasted steel and ceramic case, black skeletonized dial and paired with a fetching brown calf-skin leather band.
Grand Seiko is finally getting the global attention it deserves after an official line was drawn between it and Seiko, ending a period of mild confusion. No more double branding on the dial. And on this superbly finished Spring Drive-powered GMT sports watch, the mastery of Grand’s Seiko’s finishing comes to the fore, highlighting exactly what it is they do best.