Within the refined world of horological complications, the Octo Chronographe Quadri-Retro symbolises the quintessence of the retrograde display coupled with a jumping-hour display and the chronograph function.
The Calibre GG 7800 driving the Octo Chronographe Quadri-Retro is simply unique in its kind within the circle of excellence in complicated mechanisms. This distinctive proprietary movement features four retrograde functions – minutes, date, chronograph hour and minutes counters – along with jumping hours through a window at 12 o’clock and a large chronograph seconds hand appearing in an unusual stop/start position at 6 o’clock. This choice ensures that the hour indication is never hidden from sight.
The traditionally built column-wheel movement is treated to an equally traditional finishing, reflecting horological excellence. This exceptional “engine” is housed within an imposing 45 mm-diameter white gold case. The two chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock, respectively controlling the stop/start functions and reset functions, are perfectly integrated within the case middle so as to form a complete side – a structural approach complying with the fundamentals of the octagonal design. They discreetly frame the crown set with an onyx cabochon.
The cloisonné dial offers various read-off zones that are clearly defined despite the density of the information. They form a well-structured visual composition combining a jet black lacquered surface, silvered segments and white arcs with a minute track at 12 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, as well as chronograph and minute counters at 9 and 12 o’clock.
Mechanical self-winding movement, column-wheel chronograph function, jumping hours, retrograde display of the minutes, date and chronograph functions; 21,600 vph, 45-hour power reserve. 45 mm case in 18-carat rose gold, crown in 18-carat rose gold set with an onyx cabochon; cloisonné dial, water-resistant to 100 metres. Alligator leather strap, triple-blade folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold.
About Bulgari, Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta Collection
2010 marks a decisive new step for Bulgari, with the unification of the Manufacture du Sentier Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta under the powerful and prestigious Bulgari image, as announced by the Group CEO, Francesco Trapani, on January 15th 2010. This strategic rapprochement, a first in the history of the Swiss watch industry, is now giving rise to a new resolutely high-end Bulgari collection. It highlights the cutting-edge expertise of the Manufacture du Sentier (in the Joux Valley) through its multiple references to the calibres developed there.
The new Bulgari, Daniel Roth & Gérald Genta models are powered by calibres developed in the Manufacture du Sentier. This set of seven models reinterprets creations characterised by a powerful style signature for each of the Collections. Featuring cases with a rugged octagonal or distinctive elliptical shape, the Bulgari, Gérald Genta & Daniel Roth Collections all testify to a boldly asserted identity. They are combined with an exceptional range of horological complications entirely in keeping with their respective traditions and specific codes.