In the world of luxury style, the best pieces are those that are unique or limited in number and commemorate special events. The Bulgari Octo Maserati chronograph — designed to honor the centenary of Maserati, the famous luxury car manufacturer — is all of these things. There will only be 1914 copies of the watch produced, representing the year that Maserati got its start. As such, this particular chronograph is truly a limited edition.
The Bulgari Octo Maserati has been described as a sports watch that is distinctive and exceptional. The face is 41.5 millimeters in diameter and hand-finished. You can easily read each of the three inset dials, even when simply glancing at the chronograph.
It is common for those in the world of luxury style to have concerns over collaborations of car companies (like Maserati) and watchmakers (like Bulgari), as they will sometimes create ostentatious or overly bold pieces in order to co-brand. This particular chronograph, however, has the perfect balance of subtlety and boldness, which shows off its beauty and design. The Maserati Trident is a subtle part of the hand of the watch, with Maserati’s typical deep blue appearing on the watch face. This deep blue is also found on the alligator skin strap, which is secured with a steel folding clasp with a double blade and safety fastening. There are also 45 jewels along the watch for extra luxury.
Instead of using a modern battery, the Bulgari Octo Maserati watch relies on the traditional self-winding movement found in many Bulgari watches. It includes a reserve of 50 hours, allowing the wearer to quickly time a complete endurance race or even a simple lap.
In some cases, luxury style places too much emphasis on appearance and not enough on functionality, but this is not a concern for this particular chronograph. The buttons to operate the watch are located on each side of its crown, and this allows you to access them more easily. The location of the buttons also adds protection, while making sure that you don’t accidentally start or stop the timer or ruin a shirt by snagging the buttons on your clothes.
Maserati began on Dec. 1, 1914, when Alfieri, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati opened their first location in Bologna, Italy. In the beginning, they focused primarily on mechanical technology and innovation, and it took 12 years for the first car to be created, although it was well worth the wait. Now, 100 years later, Maserati has made a big name for itself in both the luxury auto and luxury style industries. While the main celebration behind the Bulgari Octo Maserati chronograph is Maserati’s centenary, that is not the only achievement the device celebrates. 2014 is also the 130th year that Bulgari, the Italian watchmaker, has been in business.