December 21, 2014
With this month marking the 100 year anniversary of an Italian automotive icon Maserati, a celebratory watch was naturally in order to mark the occasion. And thanks to Maserati’s collaboration with Bulgari this special piece is now offered. The two brands have officially been partners since 2012, though early efforts — like this one — were more brash than impressive. However today’s Bulgari Octo Maserati is a nicely styled, attractive chronograph that should appeal to Maserati and Bulgari enthusiasts alike, with tasteful elements of co-branding throughout the watch.
And lest you think this watch is all about fashion, take note of the movement as well: there is a 36,000 vph high-beat movement with silicon escape wheel, sourced from none-other than Zenith (maker of the highly respected El Primero calibers). Oh, and also don’t forget — the design of the Octo traces its roots back to watch industry legend Gérald Genta (Genta’s namesake brand was acquired by Bulgari in 2009/2010). In other words, there’s quite a lot to like here, if you ask me.
41.5mm stainless steel case, automatic mechanical “Velocissimo caliber” (based on El Primero), fitted on blue leather strap. The caseback of the watch is equally impressive, with a translucent blue glass decorated with the Maserati name & Trident logo piece number (not individually numbered…why?) — look closely and you can see the caliber through the glass.
The Bulgari Octo Maserati comes in a limited edition of 1914 pieces (a nod to the year of inception of Maserati), priced at 9,700 EUR per. Which leaves me with only one thing wanting, and that is an individually numbered piece.
words by Kyle Stults