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Legacy watchmaker Bulgari is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Octo Finissimo collection by creating the world’s thinnest mechanical watch.
Called the Octo Finissimo Ultra, the watch measures 1.8mm from front to back. It beats the previous record-holder, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept, by 0.2 mm.
Only 10 Octo Finissimo Ultras are manufactured. You can buy one for around $440,000. It is also worth noting that the value of the watch will increase over time due to its rarity and ownership of world records.
Specifications of Octo Finissimo Ultra
Instead of a traditional case and movement, the Finissimo Ultra includes a 170-component manual wound movement in the caseback.
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The timepiece has a power reserve of 50 hours and has two fitted thumbwheels – one for winding and the other for adjusting the timing.
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It should come as no surprise that the Finissimo Ultra is made from some extremely tough materials. The case measures 40mm and is made of sandblasted titanium, and the caseback is made from strong tungsten carbide to prevent wear and tear on the watch.
According to other reports, Bulgari apparently spent the last three years engineering the watch and developing a new bracelet with a folding clasp, which aligns with the dimensions of the Finissimo Ultra.
Bulgari lists NFT as world’s thinnest watch
If you look closely at the pictures you will see a QR code on the biggest gear of the watch.
Scanning that QR code will allow the wearer to view unique NFT artworks Bulgari created for the owners. The NFT also acts as a proof of ownership.
The inclusion of NFTs is a great feature. Big luxury companies like Bulgari opted to use NFTs as proof of ownership of a particular watch.
But do you really need an NFT to come up with a clock where only 10s are made in the world? Surely wearing a watch on your wrist is enough to prove that you own it (unless you pulled off some miraculous heist).
And from a design standpoint, why slap a QR code on it?
Using NFTs as Proof of Ownership in Watch World
In the watch world (and for all luxury goods) the concept of NFTs as a proof of ownership can be quite useful, especially when you consider how many high quality counterfeits exist.
While Bulgari may have opted to include NFTs in the watch to generate more buzz, a company like Rolex could use NFTs to establish legitimate things.
There is no more “authentic” Rolex that has fallen behind a truck or model that was not properly numbered.
Unlike counterfeiting the piece of paper that comes in a Rolex box, it is also very difficult to counterfeit an NFT contract.
Final Thoughts on the Octo Finissimo Ultra
As far as the watch itself, this is one of the best, most futuristic watches I have ever seen.
If we’re talking about an NFT tie-in, I’m not entirely thrilled that Bulgari slapped a QR code on a $440,000 luxury good.
I don’t have half a million dollars to spend on a Finissimo Ultra anyway, but for a watch enthusiast who does, I think it wouldn’t hurt to add “1/10 the world’s thinnest watch” to your collection .