The Bulgari Octo Maserati special edition chronograph will be limited to 1914 individually numbered examples and has been devised to mark Maserati’s centenary.
Described as a “distinctive and exceptional sports watch,” the chronograph features a 41.5 mm diameter hand-finished face so that its three inset dials are easy to read even at a quick glance.
The timepiece uses a self-winding chronograph movement, fitted with 45 jewels. It also has a 50-hour reserve so that it is always ready to time a lap or an entire endurance race.
Often, collaborations between watchmakers and car companies can cross the line that separates bold and ostentatious, particularly when it comes to co-branding.
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Thankfully the Bulgari Octo Maserati stays on course by integrating the Maserati Trident subtly into the watch’s chronograph hand and by using the deep blue associated with Maserati as the palette for the watch face and its alligator skin strap which keeps the timepiece secure on the wearer’s wrist via a double-blade steel folding clasp with a safety fastening.
Another welcome design feature is placing the chronograph operation buttons on either side of the crown for extra protection and easier operation. Their position also ensures that the buttons don’t snag on clothes, accidentally starting or stopping the timer.
As well as being Maserati’s centenary, 2014 is also a symbolic year for Bulgari marking the Italian firm’s 130th year in business.