Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Monete Proves Time is Money
Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes, but that shouldn’t stop you from honoring Rome when measuring the passage of a day. At least, that’s what we assume Bulgari’s rationale is behind its new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Monete watch. The genuine 4th century Roman coin (depicting Emperor Constantine Augustus on the “heads” side and a laurel ring and “CAESAR” on the “tails” side) is spectacular enough, but that’s only part of the story; flip open the cover into which the coin is set and you’ll find a skeltonized version of the BLV268 movement thrumming away inside the 40 mm case crafted from 18k pink gold, to which a black alligator strap is attached.
This timepiece is certainly worthy of the term spectacular, and with that ancient piece of currency affixed to the front, it’s also worthy of a lofty asking price: About $465,000. That’s a lot of coin for one really old coin that’s part of a watch, but let’s face it: Conversation starters don’t get much cooler than this.