The world's smallest ladies' tourbillon and Hublot Big Bang's new look
The first Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon and Hublot Big Bang with integrated bracelet were among the new releases from the inaugural LVMH Watch Week in Dubai.
When Watches & Wonders (previously SIHH) announced in 2019 that it was moving the event to April starting this year, a gap was inadvertently left on the annual horological calendar. Stepping in to fill this gap was LVMH, who announced that it would stage its own event in January, dedicated to its watch maisons Hublot, Zenith, Tag Heuer and Bvlgari.
The inaugural LVMH Watch Week kicked off on January 13 at Dubai’s Bvlgari Resort, with new releases and model upgrades from the group’s watch houses. While Tag Heuer is reserving its new releases for Baselworld 2020, the other three houses have launched some captivating timepieces. Here's what caught our eye.
The highlight of Bvlgari’s 2020 debuts is the new Serpenti Seduttori, a unique small-sized women’s tourbillon specially designed to fit inside the sleek dimensions of the serpent-head case. When the Seduttori collection was first released last year, the watches were quartz-powered. Bvlgari has now equipped the Seduttori with a tourbillon, located at the six o’clock position. This makes the Serpenti Seduttori not only a stylish timepiece – it's also a mechanical dream.
For the gents, Bvlgari has expanded its popular Octo Finissimo collection with five new models. New finishes include sandblast-polished ceramic and satin-polished steel and rose gold, giving the iconic collection a wider variety of style. One significant highlight was the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in rose gold, powered by the ultra-thin 3.12 mm Mechanical Manufacture Minute Repeater movement with manual winding, BVL 362 calibre. At only 6.9 mm thick, the rose gold case is impressively slender, just slightly thicker than its titanium predecessor.
Hublot arrived to LVMH Watch Week with an avalanche of new models to showcase, among which was the exciting launch of the Big Bang Integral. Fifteen years after the Big Bang’s creation, the iconic timepiece now features its first integrated metal bracelet. In order to accommodate this significant upgrade, the case of the Big Bang Integral has also been redesigned. The new launch consists of three models, including a limited-edition all black version. Regular production models are available in titanium or 18k King gold.
The Hublot Classic Fusion was first launched a decade ago and has since become one of Hublot’s most recognisable timepieces. The maison has now unveiled the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal, an undeniable work of art with a dial decorated with crystal made from flakes of gold. Available in 38 mm or 45 mm iterations, the watch houses the HUB1112 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Zenith has decided to place ladies at the forefront of its creative endeavours, conceiving women’s watches from the ground up for the first time. On show at the event was the new DEFY Midnight, a versatile sporty-chic timepiece with a unique celestial dial. Designed to be as much a jewel as it is a watch, the DEFY Midnight is housed in a 36 mm stainless steel case embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds. Available in deep blue or grey colours, the dial features a glossy finish with vertical gradient effect, along with embellished diamonds depicting a starry sky.
Not leaving the men behind, Zenith’s 2020 novelties include the Zenith DEFY 21 Land Rover Defender Edition. Embodying the resilient spirit of the Land Rover Defender, the timepiece is a rugged and stealthy reinterpretation of the 21st century El Primero high-frequency chronograph. A limited edition of 250 pieces, the minimalistic timepiece is clad in matte grey with orange accents. The metal case has been sandblasted to create a fine, grainy surface finish akin to military equipment.