Time Out DXB

Sep 11th 2018

Voted the Best Men’s Watch of the Year at 2017’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve, essentially the Oscars for watches, this masterpiece is Bulgari’s third successive world record.

Why? Well, it’s down to the pioneering work by watchmakers, who have created the slimmest self-winding watch in history – at just 5.15mm. Its self-winding movement, the Calibre BVL 138, is also a miniscule 2.23mm thick for a 40mm diameter.

Explaining the thought process behind the record-breaking design, Bulgari’s CEO Jean-Christophe Babin beamed, “Combining design with extraordinary engines is about creating legends. For men, the ultimate elegance is thin. We wanted to bring this essence to men’s watches, which mirror ultimate contemporary elegance.”

And even more special, the only place you can buy the stunning alligator green piece on the planet is here in the Middle East. And, Dubai Duty Free stocks it, of course.

No expense has been spared when designing the watch to make it one of the most innovative on the market – for example the newly developed in-house movement BVL 138 Finissimo beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a 60-hour power reserve.

Plus, the watch is water resistant to 30 metres. Despite the constraints involved in developing an ultra-thin watch of this calibre, it is delicately hand-decorated with a Côtes de Genève motif and circular-grained finishing.

Not only is it ultra-thin, but it’s ultra-strong too as the case, dial and bracelet is made out of titanium. Watches like this only come around once in a lifetime.

Dhs81,200. Dubai Duty Free, various locations throughout DXB.