The LVMH Watch Week kicked-off from January 26 and continued to amaze enthusiasts till January 29. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was taken online unlike last year's edition where over 200 journalists and several retailers gathered in Dubai at the Bvlgari Resort — the largest establishment in the Bvlgari hotel collection.
Though the second and latest installment of the Watch Week was a great show all-in-all, folks still wished they were present in person as the LVMH Maisons Bvlgari, Hublot, and Zenith presented their novelties.
Many novelties showcased this time created a buzz among the connoisseurs of haute horlogerie. From Hublot's Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire to Zenith's Chronomaster Sport, here's our pick of six great pieces launched during the event.
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire
Price: Rs1.21 crore (approximately)
Hublot's Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire is a head-turner with its orange sapphire case and transparent orange rubber strap with a lined relief. The spirited timepiece, representing Hublot's Art of Fusion, is a fitting example of the Maison's innovation with materials. The Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon is an entirely new orange shade — a world's first for a through-tinted sapphire, achieved through the incorporation of titanium and chromium.
With this watch, Hublot not only showcases its design expertise but also illustrates technical brilliance. At the heart of the beautiful orange timepiece is an entirely new tourbillon movement — the MHUB6035 Manufacture Automatic equipped with an automatic-winding feature, delivering a power reserve of around 72 hours.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT
Price: On request
Last year's Octo Finissimo S timepiece was the talk of the town, and this year the Maison added to the successful Octo Finissimo S line-up with the new Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT. It is equipped with the automatic in-house chronograph and GMT ultra-thin calibre BVL 318 with a peripheral rotor (3.30mm thick) — delivering a power reserve of around 55 hours. The chic model is available in satin-polished steel with a new blue sunray dial paired with silver counters.
The watch, water-resistant up to 100 metres, features a 43mm extra-thin satin-polished steel case (8.75mm thick) with a transparent caseback. It is offered with an integrated vertical brushed steel bracelet with a folding clasp.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Silver Chronograph
Price: On request
To create this pilot's watch, the maison has drawn inspiration from vintage aircraft design. The aviation-themed chronograph watch is crafted in sterling silver — a first for a Zenith Pilot chronograph. The piece is a limited edition of 250 pieces and is housed in a 45mm case made from sterling silver. With a satin-brushed surface, the silver dial features details taking after metal panels — like the fuselage of an aircraft.
The watch's aviator look is completed with the oversized Arabic hour-markers and a brown calfskin leather strap inspired by vintage pilot helmets. The pilot's watch checks all points to represent Zenith's association with the world of aviation timepieces that accompanied pilots in the early 20th century.
Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Price: On request
The new Zenith Chronomaster Sport draws inspiration from the legendary El Primero A386 and some other historical Zenith chronograph timepieces. Housed in a sporty 41mm steel case with pump-style pushers and polished black ceramic bezels, the watch offers great legibility. Its iconic tri-colour dial brings to mind a signature feature of El Primero chronographs since 1969.
The Chronomaster Sport shows off an entirely redesigned aesthetic put together with the newest version of the legendary calibre — the El Primero 3600. The movement can precisely offer a 1/10th of a second that's easily readable, displayed directly on the bezel as well as the dial. The watch features a steel bracelet for optimised comfort and delivers a power reserve of around 60 hours.
Hublot Big Bang Integral Ceramic Blue
Price: Rs16.82 lakh (approximately)
Hublot launched its Big Bang Integral in three new ceramic colours — white, navy blue, and grey, all with built-in scratch-resistance, durability, and hypoallergenic properties. The one we talk about here is the stunner in blue. This gorgeous piece is made entirely from ceramic except for the bezel lugs and the rubber elements on the crown and the pushers for enhanced user comfort. What separates the Big Bang Integral from other Big Bang models is its fully integrated bracelet, fused with the 42mm case.
The Big Bang Integral Ceramic Blue is powered by HUB1280UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel, delivering a power reserve of around 72 hours.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium
Price: On request
Coming to the next novelty by Bvlgari is Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium — available with a sportier new dial and a rubber strap. Housed inside the model's 42mm extra-thin sandblasted titanium case are the automatic in-house chronograph and GMT ultra-thin calibre BVL 318. The movement delivers a power reserve of around 55 hours.
The model can show two time zones at once, courtesy its combination of a chronograph and GMT function.
The Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium is crafted with a titanium case and black opaline dial making the watch lightweight yet sturdy. Titanium makes the model impervious to corrosion. The timepiece is offered with a texturised rubber strap with titanium pin buckle.