In Chinese culture, ‘eight’ is regarded as the luckiest number, because its Chinese pronunciation is similar to ‘fa’, which represents wealth. In the field of luxury watchmaking, the ‘eight’ can also be regarded as a lucky number, because many logo models are designed with octagonal bezels. Next, let us admire three top timepieces with octagonal bezels-maybe wearing them can bring good luck to the watch owner.
BVLGARI OctoL’Originale chronograph (103075)
How important are the octagonal elements to the design of the BVLGARI Octo series? Answer: The series is named after the Octo in Latin. The new OctoL’Originale chronograph, launched in 2019, features a black DLC-coated stainless steel case and is outlined in 18K rose gold with details. The bezel combines an octagonal rose gold base with a black DLC-coated steel overlay. The dark gray octagonal dial is decorated with hand-applied rose gold hour markers, further highlighting the geometric shape of the 41 mm diameter case. In addition to the central hands and scales, the dial is also decorated with a sub dial in the classic 3/6/9 layout, and a date display window between 4/5 o’clock. Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can admire the beautifully decorated BLV328 Velocissimo automatic winding movement, which is an improvement of the legendary Zenith El-Primero chronograph movement. This modern and luxurious chronograph is paired with a black rubber strap for a coherent overall look.
Girard Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton Watch (99110-53-001-53A)
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato series was launched in 1975 and is one of the earliest luxury sports watches. In 2016, GP Girard-Perregaux redesigned this flagship series with an octagonal bezel with a sharper outline, creating a new look that meets the modern aesthetic. As expected, GP Girard-Perregaux continues to inject new life into the Laureato collection by continuously releasing new models, including the impressive Laureato flying tourbillon skeleton watch. The 18K white gold case is 42 mm in diameter, satin-finished, with sharp edges and corners, and features a bold integrated bracelet. Of course, the real highlight of this watch is the skeletonized dial with the flying tourbillon. Whether from the dial side or the back side, the exquisite finishing and precision operation of the GP09520-0001 skeletonized movement are clearly visible.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Slim Watch (15202BC.OO.1240BC.01)
As a pioneer of octagonal bezel design, Audemars Piguet led this trend in the early 1970s. Since then, Audemars Piguet has provided us with a large number and variety of Royal Oak models, and every year we can use creative ideas to please our fans. Of course, many new models have joined the collection at the SIHH 2019 in Geneva. This 18K white gold Royal Oak “Jumbo” ultra-thin watch with rose gold “PetiteTapisserie” small checkered dial successfully attracted everyone’s attention. The 39 mm size is not prominent according to today’s standards. The name ‘Jumbo’ is designed to pay homage to the classic prototype, and 39 mm was considered an oversize in that era. The familiar Caliber 2121 self-winding movement, which powers the time and date display, has a 40-hour power reserve. (Photo / text watch home compiled by Xu Chaoyang)