July 2018


Since its born in 2012, the BVLGARI Octo wristwatch has quickly emerged from the field of fine watchmaking and has taken its place. In just a few years, this series has become one of the classic works of the 21st century watch industry. The Octo series has a rich and varied models, and all of them inherit the classic qualities of the Bulgari family and represent a contemporary trend. This collection is full of modernity, blending Italian design ideas with Swiss watchmaking. BVLGARI’s Octo series introduces two new pieces, one is the Octo Finissimo skeleton watch while the other is Octo L’Originale chronograph. The two new masterpieces are based on the essence of the Octo collection, all with a dazzling black tone. But today, I only want to introduce the Bvlgari Octo L’Originale chronograph wristwatch. Let’s have a look about it.

Urban Trend Chronograph
Bulgari Octo L’Originale Chronograph watch reveals a modern and dynamic urban trend. Combining sophisticated craftsmanship and powerful versatility, this chronograph is practical in daily life. The watch’s case is designed with an octagonal geometric shape. The eight fold lines are clearly defined, and the highly recognizable case design combines strength and elegance.

This chronograph is powered by the self-made BVL 328 Velocissimo self-winding movement, which is equipped with a column wheel and a silicon escapement to ensure robustness, precision, stability and regularity while significantly reducing the frequency of lubricant application. This chronograph watch reflects the craftsmanship of Swiss craftsmanship, and it is decorated with classic Geneva ripples and has a power reserve of up to 50 hours.

Bvlgari Ambassador Jon Kortajarena Wears Bulgari’s New Octo L’Originale Chronograph Watch

The combination of superb Swiss watchmaking techniques and rich Italian ideas brings stunning visuals. Carrying the advantages of two major areas, this watch redefines the meaning of the chronograph with its beautiful design and powerful performance. The finishing touch of this new work is its unique style rather than the simple functionality. The watch has a diameter of 41 mm and is made of a stainless steel experienced diamond-like carbon (DLC)process. And it matches with a black rubber strap. In addition, the matte black dial features black hands, digital hour markers and hour markers.

The three counters are in a “V-shaped” layout that delivers the beauty of balance, which complements the eclectic geometry and aesthetics of the watch. The minute and hour chronograph dials are located at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, while the second chronograph dial is at 9 o’clock. What’s more, the date window is between 4 and 5 o’clock. The Octo L’Originale Chronograph inherits the unique charm and temperament of the Octo series, achieving a balance of strength and elegance, and combining with high recognition and reliable technical strength.

I personally think that the small seconds watches are quite nostalgic in shape. After all, the old pocket watches are mainly majored in seconds sub-dials, and it also has a sense of instrumentation about the old machine. The small seconds watch is not simple. The design of the dial, how to place the small seconds, and where to place it are all tests of the brand’s aesthetic. This year, there is a very good small seconds watch that is a good interpretation of time aesthetics.

I saw this Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition watch (Model: 511. on the BaselWorld, which completely subverts my established impression of the Seamaster series. After returning to home, I found some information to know that this is the original appearance of the Seamaster collection. The first generation of Omega’s Seamaster collection came out as a formal piece with a diameter of 34 mm and a shock-proof movement.

This year’s Seamaster 1948 small seconds limited edition watch continues the design of the original watch in appearance. I have not seen the prototype of this watch when I saw this watch, it gave me the formal, classical and special feeling on the first feeling. The 38 mm diameter is also very suitable for my wrist. There is some thickness in the case, I think it is just right, if it is a little thin, the retro style will be a little worse. The polished case and the texture is very good, too.

The light silver arched dial has a sense of oldness when the light is not enough, very delight. Both the hour and minute hands use a willow-shaped pointer and the small seconds dial is set at 6 o’clock. With a brown leather strap and a polished, frosted steel clasp, the vintage Omega logo is attached to the buckle to match the original watch. The watch is also equipped with a gray Omega “NATO” military strap that symbolizes the navy logo.

The front is classical, but the back is based on the latest technology of Omega, adopting with the  Omega’s patented Naiad locking technology to allow the movement to be best displayed while continuing the original 60-meter waterproof. The back of the sapphire glass also laser-engraved the 70th anniversary logo, the Chris warship design, and the first jet aircraft selected by the Royal Air Force-the Gloucester Meteor fighter, and it has experienced hand-painted.

The movement is equipped with the Omega 8804 movement, which not only withstands the magnetic field strength of 15,000 Gauss but also meets the high standards of the watchmaking industry through eight rigorous tests set up by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

Just say that this Seamaster 1948 small seconds limited edition watch’s appearance, as a small seconds watch, simple, elegant and retro sense, these points are all available, 38 mm diameter is more suitable for the people who has thin wrists. This watch will be launched at the Omega store in October 2018, limited to 1948 pieces, the price: $7,500, the friends who are interested with can go to the store to ask in advance, maybe it also can be booked in advance.

In real life, the watch is always affected by the surrounding magnetic field. Once the watch is magnetized, it will cause the time not accurate. Today, I will recommend three anti-magnetic watches for you to fight against strong magnetic fields, and you won’t be afraid of traveling all over the world.

Omega Seamaster Railmaster Chronometer Co-Axial Master 40MM Mens Wristwatch 22010402006001

Reference: 22010402006001

Price: $4,000.00

Diameter: 40MM

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic 8806 Chronometer Movement

Power Reserve: 55 Hours

Water Resistant: 150M/500FT

In 1957, Omega released the first Seamaster Railmaster watch only for railway employees or professionals who work near magnetic fields. The new upgraded watch of the Omega Seamaster Railmaster series is based on the innovative concept of the original watch, presenting a simple, practical and elegant charm. The case is made of stainless steel, and the vertical matte black dial features a brushed stainless steel hands and an inlaid retro-style hour scale, all covered with a Super-LumiNova luminous coating, and also a beige “Railmaster” lettering, fulling of timeless style. The watch is paired with a fully-brushed steel bracelet and the directional screw-in case back is designed with a NAIAD lock to ensure that the enamel lettering is always in an upright position. The interior is equipped with the Omega 8806 movement. This watch is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), which can be resistant to high magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss, making people remind of the outstanding anti-magnetic properties of the original modern.

Baume Mercier Clifton Baumatic 40MM Automatic Mens Wristwatch 10436

Reference: 10436

Price: £2,500

Diameter: 40MM

Thickness: 10.3MM

Case Material: Steel, Polished/satin-finished

Movement: Automatic Baumatic BM12-1975A COSC Movement

Power Reserve: 120 Hours

Water Resistant: 50M

The new Clifton Baumatic series features silicon materials at key components, giving the watch a powerful diamagnetic resistance of up to 1500 gauss, no matter how the years change, it can keep accurate time. The design of this watch is outstanding, sophisticated and complex. The carefully polished steel case matches the retro “swashplate”, contrasting and complementary. The dial is lined with delicate hour and minute engravings. The brand’s iconic date display is located at 3 o’clock, echoing the slender Alpha (lancet type) big three hands. The design of the dial is very clear. The watch is equipped with the COSC automatic movement and has a 120-hour power reserve, which can keep you for a long time.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue Dial Automatic Wristwatch 116400 GV / 72400

Reference: 116400 GV / 72400

Price: £7,550

Diameter: 40MM

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic 3131 Movement

Power Reserve: 48 Hours

Water Resistant: 100M

The reliability and accuracy of a typical watch is affected by a 50 to 100 Gauss magnetic field strength. Rolex has been working hard to find a solution, and in 1956, it launched the first anti-magnetic watch Rolex Milgauss. This watch is made of stainless steel case that is wear-resistant and beautiful. The crystal glass mirror is complemented by an electro-optic blue dial that contrasts with the iconic lightning-shaped second hand. Rolex specially uses ferromagnetic alloys to create a magnetic cover to protect the movement. Milgauss uses the 3131 self-winding mechanical movement developed entirely by Rolex, combined with the brand’s patented advanced technology to ensure that the watch is protected from magnetic fields.

Summary: There are more magnetic fields in our modern life than before. If the watch is magnetic, it is recommended to go to a professional repair shop for degaussing. Anti-magnetic watches can bring more convenience to people in this respect, so these three it may be a good choice.

The traditional precious gold watch brings a sense of luxury to the wrist, but it is also easy to fall into the tacky position. It is difficult to hold without a certain age and experience. However, a watch with sport design representing vitality can largely offset the tacky of the wrist. So, the combination of gold material and sports style is considered perfect. Here, I will recommend three best selling sports wristwatches with gold watch attribute, but have sunny and dynamic look. Let’s take a look at them.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-axial Master Chronometer Sedna Gold Sports Wristwatch 21563442103001

Reference: 21563442103001

Price: £17,160.00

Diameter: 43.5 mm

Movement: Automatic Omega 8901

Case: Sedna™ Gold

Water Resistance: 60 bar (600 metres / 2000 feet)

Recommendation Reason: The classic appearance and sporty style are the special qualities of the Omega Seamaster  Planet Ocean 600m watch. The Sedna gold model is also the same. From the outside, it is much more avant-garde and fashionable than the traditional gold watch. Featuring 43.5mm Sedna® 18K gold case, unidirectional rotating bezel with Omega CeragoldTM diving scale, blending the Sedna® 18K gold extravagant into the dynamics of a professional diving watch. What’s more, the blue elements is pleased to the eyes, fulling of energetic charm. The dial is designed with the arrow-shaped hands, matching well with the avant-garde Arabic numerals, and giving a sense of recognition. In addition, the blue leather strap with rubber lining echoes the dial surface and the bezel, demonstrating the unique aesthetics of the watch.

Rolex Yacht-Master Oysterflex Strap 18K Rose Gold Sports Wristwatch 268655

Reference: 268655

Price: £16,150.00

Diameter: 37 mm

Movement: Automatic 2236 Calibre Movement

Case: 18K Rose Gold

Water Resistance: 100 Meters/10 Bar

Power Reserve: 48 Hours

Recommendation Reason: When it comes to gold watches, Rolex is a topic that cannot be avoided. However, among the many gold Rolex, there are actually many sports watches. The Yacht-Master’s famous model of Oysterflex Strap is one of the outstanding representatives. It is blended into the understated luxury 18K rose gold with a strong black color. When adding vibrancy to this watch, it looks more energetic. In addition, this watch continues the classic Rolex design, such as the triangular fluted outer bezel, the iconic diving dial and the conspicuous calendar magnifying device, and etc., but it has the exclusive identification aesthetics.

Panerai Luminor Ssbmersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso Gold Sports Wristwatch PAM00684

Reference: PAM00684

Price: £22,600.00

Diameter: 42 mm

Movement: Automatic P.9010 Calibre Movement

Case: 18K Red Gold

Water Resistance: 100 Meters/10 Bar

Power Reserve: 72 Hours

Recommendation Reason: The classic pillow-shaped case and the device protecting the crown are the exclusive characteristics of the Panerai watch, showing a full-featured charm. In 2017, Panerai launched the red gold LUMINOR 1950 series watch with 3-day power reserve, which is more attractive in color. On the black dial, the embedded luminous hour mark and the hollowed hour and minute hands in the middle reflect each other, making the time indication more pure, intuitive and convenient. The small seconds sub-dial is set at the 9-hour position, echoing the date display at the 3 hour mark position, both of them highlight the most unique meaning of the watch. With a 72-hour power reserve, it is also equipped with a sporty strap, increasing a sporty look to its exclusive style.

Summary: Incorporating precious gold into sports watches, it not only can undermine the sense of luxury, but  bring full vitality to it, making the style slightly toward the younger generation. The three sports gold watches recommended to you today are from Omega, Rolex and Panerai brands. If you like, then you cam pay more attention to it.

On July 10, Omega released a limited edition of the Supermaster series “Ultraman” through the online platform for global consumers, limited to 2012 pieces, and they are sold out in 1 hour, 53 minutes and 17 seconds. So when you see this message, the watch can’t be bought! But it doesn’t matter, we can still learn about this limited edition that was quickly snapped up and look forward to its re-listing.

When it comes to “Ultraman”, I believe this is a childhood memories of many people. In the Ready Player One that was released before, it was a pity for many moviegoers since they could not see the the plot that Ultraman battles Tesla. In fact, if you look back at this monster series in the 1970s, you will find that the production is rough and the plot is not very strict, but this does not affect the heroic status of “Ultraman” in our memory.

According to Omega’s official statement: “In 1967, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch  attracted the attention of the fourth team of the RETURN OF ULTRAMAN TV series by virtue of its unique orange chronograph second hand. The watch’s striking orange color matches well with the suits of the monster-fighting kit, making the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch become an indispensable combat equipment to fight monsters”. According to the research, this orange Speedmaster watch only appears in “RETURN OF ULTRAMAN” Eight episodes, the lens is only a few seconds. But it is not important, it really belongs to Ultraman’s watch!

The Speedtuesday Speedmaster Ultraman limited edition belongs to a tribute style, fulling of small details, which is indeed worth collecting for Ultraman fans. The watch retains the design of the 1967 prototype model: the same orange color and the same size specifications. At the same time, the watch also uses a black and orange alumina bezel, echoing the orange chronograph second hand.

The design in the dial is filled with small surprises, since Ultraman turning into a superhero mode can only last for 3 minutes, so the first 3 minutes of the minute sub-dial on 3 o’clock is orange. And at the small seconds sub-dial on 9 o’clock, you can see the a silhouette of Ultraman’s face. The strap change tool is inspired by the Ultraman Beta Capsule, and you will see the UV light on one end of the strap changer. When the UV lamp is illuminated on the dial, the Ultraman pattern on the dial will appear more clearly.

The back of the watch is engraved with the words “SpeedyTuesday” and the words “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”. The watch is paired with a black and orange “NATO” military strap, what’s more, there is a spare black leather strap.

The watch case is also well-designed, a special hexagonal watch case is used to tribute to the heroic Monster Attack Team’s futuristic hexagonal workbench.

The watch is priced at 7,100 US dollars. Omega is only sold exclusively on the official website, and this is the first time that the brand has launched a watch in this way. The Speedmaster Limited Edition Ultraman 42mm watch sells so well, I don’t know if it will be considered for re-stocking?

In 2017, Bulgari, an originated famous Italian brand, won the “Best Men’s Watch” title of the 17th Geneva Haute Horlogerie Awards for its Octo Finissimo Automatic extra-thin self-winding watch. In 2018, the brand re-launched this award-winning watch, at the annual Basel Watch and Jewellery Show, it launched its rose gold and sandblasted steel. In particular, the sandblasted steel model represents that the brand once again incorporates bold and innovative materials into the classic models, presenting a unique monochrome cool look and complementing with the design of the watch itself and its ultra-thin shape.

Sandblasting process creates a new look and feel of stainless steel
Compared with the previous models, the new Octo Finissimo Automatic extra-thin self-winding watch is more unique in appearance, presenting bright white and matte feature, so there is an obvious difference on the visual effect, injecting new vitality into the classics. The key to this unique look is the brand incorporating precious metal plating and sandblasting into the classic stainless steel case, showing a rich modern style and stunning aesthetics, what’s more, it highlights the complex structure of the iconic case, giving people a refreshing and unconventional impression.

The 40 mm rhodium plated-plated sandblasted steel case is 5.15 mm in thickness, which is extremely thin. It continues the iconic octagonal design in appearance, and under the dual effects of rhodium plating and sandblasting, the previous angularity is weakened, all of them is order to keep a balance between elegance and firmness from sensual requirements, and making the overall look even more exquisite, generous and stylish.

The unique lugs are designed with angular edges to enhance the visual sense. The rear has a certain curvature to make the watch more conformable to the wrist, according with the ergonomic set.

The rhodium-plated sandblasted crown is inlaid with black ceramics and designed with non-slip texture, and its superior hand feel is easy to adjust the central pointer.

The silver dial is designed with small three-pin, and the small seconds sub-dial is set between 7 and 8 o’clock, which is different from the traditional 6 o’clock position, is more unique in visual sense. The black hour and minute hands in the middle echo the hour markers and the 6, 12 Arabic numerals, making the time indications clearer and more intuitive.

Through the transparent back cover, the BVL 138 self-winding extra-thin movement can be seen clearly, the Geneva corrugated splint and the platinum oscillating is also obvious. In addition to its extra-thin qualities, the watch has a 60-hour power reserve and a 30-meter life waterproof rating.

The sandblasting steel bracelet combines with the case and the dial, revealing a unique overall aesthetic. The rhodium-plated case experiencing blasting process is superior in texture and easier to wear.

Summary: The new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic extra-thin self-winding watch brings us a refreshing look both in appearance and in craftsmanship, making the brand’s classic design shine again. If you like this extra-thin watch, then you can pay more attention about it.