Here are highlights of LVMH Watch Week.
The new year of high watchmaking officially kicked off with LVMH Watch Week. Held in Singapore from January 10 to 12, the watch fair saw LVMH group brands Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith unveil their new collections. While Bulgari stood out with its sophisticated and creative designs coming from their jeweler DNA, Hublot was as innovative as ever. TAG Heuer, celebrating its 60th anniversary in the Carrera series, came to Singapore in the spirit of racing. Zenith, as always, showed its mastery of chronograph movements.
Bulgari dedicated this year’s LVMH Watch Week to jewelry watches, introducing new designs from the Serpenti, Divas’ Dream and Allegra collections. While Serpenti focused on the traditions of jewelry watchmaking with the Tubogas Infinity, the new models in the Diva collection used precious stones such as sapphires, diamonds and rubies.
Receiving the Iconic Watch award at the 2022 GPHG with TAG Heuer Monaco x Gulf model, TAG Heuer came to the fore with its connection with motor racing at LVMH Watch Week. Among the watches presented by the brand during the Watch Week, the Monza Flyback Chronometer and Carrera 60th Anniversary Edition models were the highlights of the week. The Monza Flyback Chronometer, a striking timepiece with a DLC-coated steel case and a red-and-blue dial, was introduced with three features that will facilitate pilots during the race: Chronograph, tachymeter scale and a heart rate monitor.
With its 39 mm diameter steel case and steel bezel, the Carrera 60th Anniversary Edition has a much simpler design than the Monza. Inspired by a Carrera model from the late 1960s, the gray dial is accompanied by three black sub-dials. The contrasting colors used on the dial enhance legibility for racing drivers. Limited to 600 pieces, at the heart of the series is the HEUER 02 automatic caliber.
Hublot continued to showcase the “art of fusion” with the Classic Fusion Original. Revisiting its iconic series from the 1980s, the brand introduced the Classic Fusion Original, available in three different case diameters and materials. The 33-, 38- and 42-mm diameters are available in gold, ceramic and steel. All three models are designed with rubber straps. The 33 mm diameter model is powered by a quartz movement, while the other two models are equipped with the automatic movement HUB1110.
Zenith marked the week with the Defy Extreme Glacier. This big 45mm-diameter timepiece is powered by the El Primero 9004 automatic chronograph with two escapements. According to the brand, this is the most robust 1/100-second chronograph ever. The chronograph uses an escapement beating at 360,000 VpH and a secondary gear train, while another mechanism is used to keep time. Inspired by the mountains, the dial and case of this flamboyant timepiece are made of chalcedony, a translucent crystal. Polished by hand, chalcedony creates a look reminiscent of glaciers. The dial, designed with gray-colored hands and indices, reinforces the watch’s glacier-like appearance.