I still feel cautious when calling one of the most prominent and successful luxury brands a plucky underdog, but I'll do it anyway because that is what Bulgari largely remains in the field of replica watchmaking; and that is also why I enjoyed going hands-on with their latest and greatest thinnest statement-replica watch if there ever was one, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton Best Replica Watches.

You see, Bulgari Men's Replica has put tremendous effort, plus Lord only knows (and company accountants) how much money into becoming a fully fledged manufacture that supplies its own cases, dials, as well as both run-of-the-mill "solotempo" time-only movements and profane, 1,000-plus-component Magsonic Sonnerie calibers alike. Yet, it is noticeable novelties such as this new Octo that play a major role in overcoming at least some of the challenges in gaining acceptance in the very slow-moving and protectionist replica watch industry.

Oh, and it isn't just the brands, who move slow and create a largely unwelcoming environment, but a lot of the replica watch enthusiasts and collectors as well. I'm not trying to make a case for empathy for an industry giant with a billion-dollar annual revenue, but rather say that it takes so much more than throwing mind-numbing amounts of money at acquisitions and expecting success and consumer acceptance to develop overnight. Bulgari seems to understand that when it comes to their replica watch department.

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, with its fully in-house extra-thin movement, made its quiet debut some three years ago at BaselWorld 2014 only to claim (and to this date hold) the important horological record of thinnest tourbillon in the world. We went hands-on with the debut piece Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon here, and you can really appreciate just how restrained that 5mm-thick and 40mm-wide platinum case looked.

As you can see by comparing the debut model with the solid dial and this latest iteration without it, the replica watch is entirely transformed, even though all other factors are left intact – case size, strap, hands, everything is the same. More on the looks of this latest version in a bit, but first let's talk some movement specs.