Bvlgari and Japanese architect Tadao Ando have come together once again to unveil what we call a quintessential representation of modern-day art. INTRODUCING: The new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando Limited Edition.
Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect whose work is centered around nothingness and empty spaces to represent the beauty of simplicity. He favours designing complex spatial circulations while maintaining minimalism. Ando forged his international reputation through the use of cement and glass combined with the creative use of light in his architectural projects. These three elements are the common thread running through his architectural work, in perpetual search for absolute purity, the essential. Tadao Ando’s work is now part of contemporary architectural history. Among his major achievements are the Church of Light in Osaka, the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth (Texas) and the 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo.
Limited to 160 pieces, the new Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando Limited Edition is offered in black sandblasted ceramic and measures 40mm wide and just 5.15mm high, making it one of the slimmest automatic watches on the market. Within the angular case of this watch, the deep blue lacquered dial uses no typography and features a distinctive spiral motif that uncoils from the base of the seconds hand. Between the 5 and 6 o clock positions, to evoke the look of the night sky, is a crescent moon or Mikazuki (三日月) on its way to becoming a full moon. This evolution symbolises the transitory nature of time, with the shadow of the earth partially masking the moon to reveal only a crescent. From the dawn of civilisation, the moon has always embodied time, acting as a clock and calendar for humanity and Nature. Japanese culture expresses temporal contingencies with a specific character – the 月 – which can be read as meaning both month and moon. Amid the spiral of the night sky, the crescent moon represents hope in the night, embodying a prosperous future.
The watch is powered by an ‘in house’ BVL 138 Calibre that is equipped with a platinum micro-rotor, offering a respectable 60-hour power reserve. The movement is visible through a sapphire case back that is printed with Ando’s signature. A matte black ceramic integrated bracelet completes the package.