In addition to the $440,000 price tag for the world’s thinnest mechanical watch, NFT is also included

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Image: Bulgari – Want a watch that’s so light you can barely tell it’s there? There is only 1.8mm of thickness in the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra. This one comes with an embedded QR code on its face. In order to get the most bang for your buck when purchasing a watch, you’ll probably want something large, weighty, and intricate that will stand out on your wrist. That’s why the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra is such a strange bird to be honest. It’s designed to blend in with your skin. The thinnest mechanical watch in the world is now the matte gray arm chronometer.

Mechanical wristwatches, like digital camera megapixels, horsepower, and the amount of polygons a gaming console can display on screen in real time, are the subject of a continuing competition among luxury watchmakers. Watchmakers strive to cram a watch into as few millimeters as possible, in contrast to other technological advancements such increasing megapixels, horsepower, and polygons.

Piaget previously held the record for the thinnest timepiece ever, with its Altiplano Ultimate Concept measuring just two millimeters in thickness. Bulgari’s new Octo Finissimo Ultra, which is barely 1.88 mm thick, has taken the crown from Piaget’s hands four years later. A US quarter measures 1.75 mm in thickness, but two credit cards stacked together measure 1.52 mm.

To distinguish themselves from the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept, Bulgari is really making 10 of the Octo Finissimo Ultras, each with a QR code on the face that leads to NFT artworks meant to serve as authentication for each piece.

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Bulgari’s watchmakers had to incorporate all 170 of the Octo Finissimo Ultra’s components into the watch’s casing rather than installing the mechanical components one by one to achieve this extreme reduction in thickness. Sandblasted titanium for its 40 mm-wide casing and tungsten carbide for its back ensure that the clock is sturdy enough to stand up to the wear and tear of daily use.

A perpendicularly positioned crown on the watch’s side is more typical; instead, the wearer uses two equally thin thumbwheels on either side to set the time and wind the spring that drives the mechanical movement. The Octo Finissimo Ultra has a 50-hour power reserve when it’s fully charged. Even with a price tag of about $440,000 (€400,000), Bulgari is certain to sell every single one.