BVLGARI and the All Blacks New Zealand rugby team pay homage to their 130th anniversary with a new special edition watch celebrating more than a century of joint victories, passions and shared values. Several bonds unite Bulgari with the All Blacks team besides their joint anniversary. As emphasised by Jean-Christophe Babin, Bulgari Chief Executive Officer, the two names are synonymous with perfection, each on its own “playing field” and this new joint watchmaking collaboration is filled with mutual values: “I am extremely happy to present the new OCTO All Blacks timepiece: a creation that further consolidates a successful partnership with the legendary All Blacks team. Bulgari OCTO All Blacks embodies the core values of two brands that are part of the global elite, both universally recognized for their strong passion, commitment, teamwork, success and power in their respective field. Design, performance and sporting spirit reach their highest expression in this special edition masterpiece of technical sophistication and aesthetic ref inement.”
The OCTO All Blacks asserts itself as a concentrated blend of mechanical and aesthetic power. Presented in a rugby ball-shaped box, the watch retains the original characteristics of the OCTO. The 110 facets case is covered in a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating. The case-back of the watch, which is water resistant to 100 metres, reveals the movement through a smoky sapphire crystal adorned with the All Blacks’ emblem: a silver fern. The mechanical self-winding 28-jewel calibre BVL 193 measures the time with great accuracy at the rate of 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and offers a 50-hour power reserve. It also provides a date function displayed through a window at 3 o’clock that goes virtually unnoticed as indeed do the polished and brushed black hour-markers on a front dial that asserts the full force of its personality with a bewitching Maori mask or Mana, tattooed on its background.