Sport helps you stay in shape even in the world of watchmaking. If you have your doubts, then take a look at the world’s slimmest automatic GMT chronograph, announced at Baselworld!

bulgari octo finissimo chronograph gmt profileSince the launch of the men’s watch collection Octo in 2012, Bvlgari has broken one record after another. Last year, at Baselworld, the Octo Finissimo automatic tourbillon was the centre of attention with a scarcely believable width of 3.95mm. This year, the brand from Rome is continuing its journey through the ultra-flat world with the impressive Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT, built around a case that is just 5.15mm thick. This is a slim watch, but not at all bland. Its strong personality comes from the collection’s signature design and the facetted 42mm-wide watch case. The case design also helps to bring out the time elements, providing an ideal setting for the seconds counter at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute chronograph totaliser at 6 o’clock. What’s more, the geometric design means the monopushers are almost perfectly integrated into the case and form a natural prolongation of the watch body. The brand has also achieved the feat of including a GMT function. The second time zone is easy to read in the indicator at 3 o’clock.

bulgari octo finissimo chronograph gmt closeupTo make the watch so slim, all the functions and complications are powered by the calibre BVL 318, which is just 3.30mm thick. With the help of the peripheral rotor, it provides 55 hours of power reserve.

bulgari octo finissimo chronograph gmt casebackThe strap on this traveller’s sports watch features sanded titanium links. A folding clasp guarantees comfort and safety.

Price: 16,500 CHF

By Dan Diaconu