Bulgari revs its Maserati engines

shopping September 15, 2017 11:35

By THE NATION

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Both representing Italian excellence in manufacturing, Bulgari and Maserati have been collaborating since 2012, when the watchmaker released two chronographs bearing the colours of the carmaker’s Trident brand.



Now there are two new models of the Octo Maserati wristwatch – the GranSport and GranLusso. They were formally unveiled on September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. 

The new models developed with Maserati embody the two firms’ shared talents in mechanics. 

Available at Bulgari boutiques, they are reserved for owners of the car bearing the Trident emblem. 

They feature retrograde-minutes and jumping-hours displays, expressed through an aesthetic evoking the style of Maserati cars.

The striking dial effect is intended to recall the revolutions-counter of a real Maserati. The colours, materials and fonts subtly evoke the Maserati world without relying too heavily on visual references. 

The powerfully structured case that has become a benchmark in terms of contemporary design and recalling the brand’s roots firmly embedded in its Italian heritage. 

On this 41mm-diameter watch, as legible as a car dashboard, the emblem highlights the round hour-display window. The power comes from a mechanical Retro BVL 262 calibre entirely developed and produced inhouse, just as Maserati engines are made. 

The 33-jewel, self-winding movement – decorated in the finest tradition using Cetes de Geneve, chamfering and bevelling techniques – has a 42-hour power reserve and oscillates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, a token of optimal efficiency and precision.