BVLGARI Octo Maserati GranSport & GranLusso Review
Usually too many cooks spoil the broth but not when it comes to these two Italian icons. Bulgari and Maserati put their heads together and delivered a no-nonsense head turning watch with the Octo Maserati Grandsport.
Although this is not the first ever Maserati watch it is the first one that properly represents the brand and their image. The Italian automobile manufacturer tried their hand at watchmaking but in my humble opinion missed their mark… until now with the expert hands of an established & acclaimed watchmaker.
Introducing the BVLGARI Octo Maserati Grandsport. This watch is the exception to the rule that too many cooks spoil the broth. In this situation, two heads are better than one. These are the main differences between the two new Maserati BVLGARI watches:
The GranSport (image below/left) is a black DLC coated steel watch with a black rubberized textured dial and brushed steel numerals with a hint of electric blue. The GranSport uses a Black perforated soft calfskin leather strap with deploying buckle. To view the pricing, use the button below.
The GranLusso (image below/right) has a lovely 18kt rose gold case with brushed finish and an anthracite grey sunray dial with rose gold-toned accents and a brown perforated soft calfskin leather strap and 18kt gold deploying buckle. To view the pricing, use the button below.
One of the things which I believe Maserati needed a no joking around watchmaker like BVLGARI to accomplish was that the minutes x 10 track and minute hand should look like the RPM dial on the dashboard of a Maserati (see image below) which Bulgari achieved on the 41.5mm GranSport and GanLusso using retrograde minutes hands. They also used a less noticeable jumping hours on the right side of the dial to emphasize the dashboard look. In my opinion, this is quite genius and Maserati got the look they've always been trying to achieve.
The reverse side of the 41.5mm case uses a smoky sapphire crystal case back and to some who love watching what's "under-the-hood" and just gaze at the caliber in motion it serves as an obstruction. As if the Gotti sized Maserati trident logo on the case back doesn't already obstruct your vision. When in Rome.
As someone who loves watching the movement in action this wasn't the best of choices but as a sports car aficionado, I can see how it also has its charm since it gives the sporty "tinted windows" look on the back of the watch. I think it's a smart choice since it screams "Maserati" and with a thick Italian accent!
Caliber BVL 262: The Micro-Mechanics of the Maserati GandSport and GranLusso
Both of these watches are driven by a 33 jewel automatic movement known as the caliber BVL 262 which beats at 28,800 VpH / 4Hz and can keep on driving for about 42 hours. The movement is decorated with côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing. In summation, this is a stunning watch both on the inside and out and accurately represents both iconic Italian brands. To view special pricing click the button below.