As the saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome’, a line which speaks to the importance of the ancient capital in terms of not only geography but also history and culture. Indeed, Rome’s breathtaking classical architecture is amongst the many things that continue to fascinate and inspire us even today.

Bulgari’s Octo watch collection, which features an octagonal shape inspired by the motifs adorning the Basilica of Maxentius, is one of the many designs that take inspiration from architectural elements found in the brand’s home city. This year, ahead of Baselworld, the jeweller and watchmaker has added a brand-new version, Octo Roma, to the iconic line.

Fired by a love of modernity and contemporary design, the Maison adopts a brand new approach to the iconic octagonal frame.
Fired by a love of modernity and contemporary design, the Maison adopts a brand new approach to the iconic octagonal frame.

Octo watches are known for the structured case featuring 110 facets, along with a strong and innovative design that bases around the geometrical octagon shape. The Octo Roma, meanwhile, embodies the ‘fifth element’ that features harmonious proportions leaning towards absolute purity, and results in a more elegant, modern and contemporary adaptation to the iconic shape.

Available in five versions with three dial variations – white, black or brown – the new timepiece features a 41mm diameter case that has been subtly reworked for an even smoother and more comfortable feel, and comes with several finishing choices including steel, two-tone gold and steel, or just gold. The seamless leather straps, on the other hand, are specially treated to a practical enhancement, resulting in a seamless, comfortable 32.5mm width that is particularly pleasant for daily wear. If you prefer, the steel bracelet with its distinctive links and comfortable fit is also available.

The Octo Roma watches will be available for purchase from April 2017.

Bulgari, Shop 325, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2918 1221, bulgari.com

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.