Bulgari /Gerald Genta will introduce a new Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph at Baselworld.
The 2010 model was awarded the Watch of the Year prize by a special jury chosen for the Swiss magazine Montres Passion.
[Press Details] The 2011 watch features the same structured, octagonal case, but is crafted in steel and ceramic; it is a remarkable Haute Horlogerie timepiece that blends both traditional and modern elements.
Its sophisticated movement, Calibre GG7800, is unique within the circle of excellence of complicated movements due to the highly graphic arrangement of the various time-measurement displays.
The movement lines up four retrograde functions: minutes, date and chronograph hour and minute counters. It also provides a jumping hour display through a window at 12 o’clock, whereas the chronograph central direct-drive seconds hand is positioned (in an unusual spot) at 6 o’clock, ensuring the hour indication is never hidden from view.
The column-wheel chronograph calibre features finishes that epitomize horological excellence; it is housed within a 45 mmdiameter steel case. The two chronograph push pieces controlling the stop/start and reset functions respectively positioned at 2 and 4 functions, o’clock, are perfectly integrated within the case middle to form a distinct facet. This construction respects the foundations of the octagonal-shaped design, by enabling them to discreetly frame and protect the crown set with an onyx cabochon.
The highly sophisticated cloisonné dial is crafted in house, its process requiring several different stages: milling the recesses into which the lacquer is applied, varnishing, smoothing the surfaces, refiring the lacquer, and polishing – all resulting in a totally unique dial. The various display zones compose a beautifully structured overall effect combining a jet black background, silvered segments and black arcs of a circle with a chapter ring at 12 o’clock, the date at 6 o’clock, and chronograph hour and minute counters at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively.
• Self-winding movement, column-wheel chronograph function, jumping hour, retrograde display of the minutes, date and chronograph functions; 21,600 vph, 45-hour power reserve.
• 45mm steel case ceramic bezel steel crown set case, bezel, with an onyx cabochon, cloisonné; dial, water-resistant to 100 metres.
• Alligator leather strap, triple-blade folding clasp.