Cars and replica watches have a lot in common, so it is little wonder that tie-ins between the two worlds are so popular.Cheap Replica Watches watchmakers and automakers have collaborated for quite a while now. Rolex is active in Formula 1, Chopard has its connections with the famous Mille Miglia, and the partnership between Hublot and Ferrari is now into its sixth year with no signs of slowing down - to name a few. The union that we are interested in today is between Bulgari and Maserati, and the replica watch in question is the very sublime Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph. As far as automotive-themed replica watches go, it is easily one of the better-executed and more considered ones. Let’s have a closer look at it now.
Before we dive into the Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph Replica, it is important to know the replica watch on which it is based, and that’s the Octo Velocissimo Chronograph (reviewed here). Bulgari’s (and original designer of the Octo replica watch Gerald Genta's) obsession with the octagon should be widely known by now, and its Octo collection has grown over the past couple of years to include numerous ground-breaking and record-breaking models such as the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater (hands-on) and Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton (hands-on).
The Octo collection, and by extension, the Octo Velocissimo Chronograph have a wonderfully angular case design. It is a play on the octagon and it is really an impressively complex case, featuring numerous surfaces with different treatments. According to Bulgari, the Octo case features over 100 surfaces, making it far more intricate than your typical high-end luxury Swiss replica watch case.
Velocissimo is Italian for “fast,” and it gets its name from the movement within. It is powered by the BVL 328, which is based on Zenith’s fast-beating El Primero chronograph movement. The El Primero, if you recall, beats at a heady 5Hz, or 10 beats per second. But despite the complex Octo case and exotic 5Hz movement within, the Bulgari Octo Velocissimo Chronograph has always felt a little cold and sterile to me. The case is available in numerous materials, but the dial is only available in black, or in the case of the rose gold model, chocolate brown. I would describe the Bulgari Octo Velocissimo Chronograph as elegant, but certainly not exciting, at least not as exciting as it could have been with some tweaks. The Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph replica watch changes that.
Launched in 2014, the Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph is a special limited-edition piece designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maserati. Like the Octo Velocissimo Chronograph on which it is based, the Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph comes in a 41mm-wide case. The case material is stainless steel. It retains the intricate and complex design of Bulgari’s Octo cases, but the bezel in this model features a tachymeter scale, which is appropriate for a replica watch with automotive connections. It also makes me wonder why the non-limited edition Octo Velocissimo Chronograph replica watches do not have tachymeter scales on their bezels. I get it that tachymeter scales are mostly decorative these days and that very few people actually make use of them, but it just makes the replica watch look more “right.”