Bulgari has began its partnership with Maserati in 2012. Two new creations Octo Maserati watch models – GranSport and GranLusso – were officially presented on September 12th at the Frankfurt motor show alongside Maserati.
The new Octo models specially developed with Maserati to symbolically embody these shared mechanics of excellence: the two Octo Maserati models are reserved for owners of a car bearing the Trident brand emblem, and will be available only in Bulgari Boutiques. They feature retrograde minutes and jumping hours displays, expressed through an aesthetic evoking the style codes of Maserati cars.
The striking and spectacular dial effect is intended to recall the rev counter of a real Maserati
Each of these new timepieces is powered by an in-house, automatic movement with retrograde minutes and jumping hours – yes, there’s just the single hand there, so the number in the window is an hour window, not the date display. Just below it is the Maserati logo. As you can see from the images, the minutes display has been designed to recall a Maserati analog RPM meter, with single digit applied numerals and a "MIN x10" inscribed at the bottom of the dial. On the GranSport, a blue zone indicates that the retrograde feature just about ready to kick into action and send the minutes hand back to zero. There's no such marking on the GranLusso.
The movement is the caliber BVL 262, a 33-jewel automatic decorated with Côtes de Genève, with plenty of chamfering and beveling on its plates and bridges. It’s escapement beats at a conventional 28,800 vph, with power reserve of 42 hours. There is a smokey sapphire window on the back of the case giving you a view of the movement, next to the massive Maserati logo.
The first is the GranSport version in black DLC-treated carbon. The dial is black, while the indications – numerals, hour-markers, counters – and the hands are silver-toned and blue. It proudly proclaims its contemporary strength and avant-garde design.
The second is the GranLusso in 18kt pink gold. While its dial is also black, the entire set of hands and indications are in pink gold – a precious and refined touch from Bulgari the jeweller.
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