Bulgari is an Italian fine jeweler manufacturer. Since 2012, Bulgari has teamed up with Maserati on multiple occasions, to create watches that are as bold as they are beautiful and unique. Bulgari has a line of luxury brands, including fine jewelry, watches, fragrances, an array of accessories, even a hotel brand. The company got its beginnings when an Italian jeweler named Sotirios Boulgaris started his own company, Bulgari, after operating his own jewelry repair and jewelry making shop in his hometown in Epirus, Greece. After his death in 1966, his son Gianni, took over the company and began opening shops in Monte-Carlo, Paris, Geneva, and New York. By the late 1970’s, Gianni did a re-vamp of the company and began making and introducing a line of watches into the company’s line of luxury brands. Since then, watches have been one of the biggest products of the company, and one of the biggest sellers, too.
Two of the newest watches to be introduced are the Octo Maserati GramSport and the GranLusso. The two watches are quite different, while one offers a sporty look and more traditional features, the other is more luxury than sporty. First, one of the biggest difference between the two watches is the looks. The GranSport, this is the sportier timepiece that was designed with more traditional colors, black and blue; the colors that are used by the Italian car-maker, while the GranLusso is housed in a pink gold case, and both are 41.5mm in diameter, makin them both very wearable and comfortable of different sized wrists.
The GranSport watch features a black dial and silver indexes and hands, along with multiple blue accents, which complete the look. Another design feature is one that dates back early-on for the brand, and that is the use of circles inscribed in octagons. It gives the watches a unique look, using geometric shapes, which is what the company aims for and is their take on shapes and geometry.
While the outside casings of these two watches are different, the inside mechanisms are the same. Both of the watches are powered by the same, in-house, automatic movement. Both function with retrograde minutes and jumping hours. There is only a single hand that moves to indicate the minutes, (and each of the large digits on the face represent 10 minute increments). There is a display window on the face, but it’s not for the date. The circular display window, set at the 3 o’clock position, is for the hour, giving the watches a unique way for telling time. You will also find the Maserati logo is also situated on this side of the face, just under the 3 o’clock position and display window.
The movement used for the watches is the caliber BVL 262, a 33-jewel automatic movement. The BVL 262 is a modified version of an earlier movement, the BVL 191, a movement that has been used in many previous Maserati watch collections. The escapement on the movement beats at 28,800 vph, and the power reserve is a substantial 42 hours. For timepiece enthusiasts who love the look of an open back, a smoky glass window was installed on the back for viewing the movement, although the Maserati logo does take up a lot of the space on the back, which obstructs the view of the movement significantly.
You may notice that the face of the watches looks familiar, especially if you are familiar with the dash of a Maserati, however, whether you are familiar with the Maserati’s RPM meter, or not, that is precisely what the minute display on the watches was designed to look like. The faces of these watches are replicas of the Maserati analog RPM meter, with the single digit applied numerals, as well as a MIN x10 that is inscribed at the bottom of the dial of each watch.
The look and feel of the Maserati brand is sporty and luxurious, and wears well on the wrist. The thinness of the casing works well with the rich leather band that also replicates the type of leather you might find in a Maserati sports car. Any watch, Bulgari, or Maserati enthusiast, will love the look and functionality of these sports watches. If you are interested in what either of these watches would set you back, here is what they are going for: The black DLC-coated GranSport version of the watch is priced at $12,800, while the pink gold GranLusso, has been priced at $30,700, and neither of the watches are limited editions.