Recapping the week of watch releases, news, and our favorite things.
This week has been quite exciting in the world of watches. We started with LVMH hosting their Watch Week in Dubai and it has been non stop watch news since. There’s been the good, the bad, and maybe a bit of the ugly but that’s for you to determine for yourself. So sit down, get ready, and let’s get a recap in of this week.
LVMH Watch Week
LVMH hosted their inaugural Watch Week in Dubai this week featuring their watchmaking brands showcasing at a single venue. Brands involved were Bulgari, Hublot, Zenith, and TAG Heuer as they debuted their newest releases and innovations for 2020. Here’s what happened brand by brand…
The Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon
Following up last year’s introduction of the Serpenti Seduttori collection, Bulgari adds an extra special complication to the mix. This newest Seduttori feautures the smallest tourbillon on the market and is available in three variations: white gold with diamonds on bracelet ($151,000), white gold on leather ($82,000), and rose gold on leather ($78,000). Featuring a 34mm case size, all three are powered by the BVL150 manual wound tourbillon calibre held by a sapphire bridge with 40 hour power reserve. The phrase “adorned with diamonds” doesn’t seem to be enough, as the watches vary from 2.88 to 7.89 carats of the sparkly stone.
Adding to the Octo Finissimo Collection
2020 brings us four new additions to a the popular Octo Finissimo line. The first being the addition of a minute repeater complication in rose gold. Previous versions of the complication by the brand include a steel and titanium example. The rose gold watch boasts the same 40mm case in 18k sand blasted rose gold but is just .05mm thicker than its predecessor at 6.90mm. The BVL362 ultra thin minute repeater features a manual wound movement with a small seconds display at 6 o’clock and cut outs to the dial for maximum volume. All for $170,000.
Along with the minute repeater, Bulgari introduced three other Octo Finissimo additions. The satin polished steel version features a 40mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 5.25mm and, as the name would suggest, a satin-polished steel integrated bracelet for $12,000. The next addition is the sandblast polished ceramic which lives up to its name with a ceramic dial, bracelet, and case (40mm and 5.50mm thick) at a price of $15,600. Finally, the satin polished rose gold Octo Finissimo with the ultra thin 5.25mm case also for $15,600.
Three New Diva’s Dream Collection Pieces
Adding to their Diva’s Dream collection, Bulgari brings three new pieces this year, all equally unique and living up the ornate reputation of their predecessors. The first being the Minute Repeater Malachite. With a green malachite dial, the watch is adorned in diamonds (336 for over 4 carats) and features the hand wound BVL362 minute repeater movement for a price of $219,900 and limited to 10 pieces. Adding a bit of flair is the Diva’s Dream Peacock which has a dial made from an actual peacock feather. The case is surrounded by diamonds and features the BVL191 automatic movement at $114,917. Wrapping up the trio is the Lapis Lazul which features the sparkly stone as the dial of the watch. Again, adorned in diamonds around the 18k rose gold case, you’ll also find a pink tourmaline set into the crown and perfectly matched blue strap for $18,600 (a quartz movement unlike the others).
The brand known for their sporty and unique designs continued the trend this year with multiple new pieces that are sure to start a conversation.
Big Bang Integral
The era of integrated sports watches doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon as Hublot joins in with the Big Bang Integral. Redesigning the case ever so slightly, the new additions feature a three link design that blend seamlessly into the case and seems as though it should have been there the whole time. The only change to the dial compared to the current Big Bang would be the removal of Arabic numerals on the dial. Three variations of the new integral have been announced in three different materials: Titanium ($20,900), Black Ceramic ($23,100 and limited to 500 pieces), and King Gold ($52,500). All three are set in 42mm cases with matte skeleton dials and feature the HUB1280 automatic movement with 72 hour power reserve. For more information, click here.
The Classic Fusion Gold Crystal
Bringing a new innovation to dial creations, Hublot has introduced their Classic Gold Fusion Crystal which uses pure 24 carat gold to adorn each dial in a unique process used by the brand’s R&D team that makes each and every dial completely unique. Each dial is then hand inspected and only 20% will make it into a timepiece. The series is available in two case sizes (38mm or 45mm) and are housed in a black ceramic case with the brand’s HUB112 automatic caliber. $20,000 for the 38m and $21,100 for the 45mm.
Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10
Three new variations of Big Bang are introduced with Hublot’s famous Meca-10 calibre with a ten day power reserve. All three watches feature a 45mm case with the company’s HUB1233 skeletonized manual wound calibre. Available in Titanium ($23,100), King Gold ($44,100), and Black Magic ($27,300).
Big Bang Sang Bleu II Bleu
Continuing their partnership with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Hublot adds four variations of Big Bang limited edition pieces. Taking cues from the iconic blue color used by the tattoo studio, the watches are available in King Gold or Titanium and with or without a stone setting in a 45mm case. All four variations host the HUB1240 automatic chronograph movement with 72 hour power reserve.
Spirit of the Big Bang Rainbow
Two new King Gold watches featuring all seven colors of the rainbow. The 42mm variation features 89 colored gemstones around the case housing the HUB4700 skeletonized chronograph movement ($93,700). Meanwhile, 39mm features both the case and dial adorned in 431 colored gemstones and boasts Hublot’s HUB1710 movement ($92,600). Both variations continue the rainbow theme through the multi colored alligator strap as well.
For more information about Hublot’s releases, head over to their website.
The LVMH brand that shone brightest this week was most definitely Zenith as they made it clear this was the year for women.
Zenith introduces its first purely feminine watch with the new Defy Midgnight. Capturing the dreamer in all of us, the watches feature a cosmic touch and capture both the sporty side and feminine side of watchmaking. All watches are housed in a 36mm case with 100m of water resistance and feature the Elite in house automatic movement with a 50 hour power reserve and star shaped oscillating weight. Taking advantage of the want for variation, each watch will be boxed with three additional colored straps along with the bracelet. All dial options are avaiable with steel bezel or diamond bezel.
The Brand adds four new additions to both the Elite Classic collection and the Elite Moonphase as they continue to revamp he line of unisex watches with a classic yet modern feel. The Elite Classic features a sun burst finished dial in both 36mm and 40.5mm case sizes housing the traditional three handed with date Elite 670 movement. The Elite Moonphase pieces are available in the same size variations but feature the Elite 695 movement with moonphase indicator at the six o’clock and small seconds at nine. All eight watches are available on leather straps.
Pilot Type 20 Rescue
Zenith adds two new pieces to their pilot’s collection with the Pilot Type 20 Rescue. Both watches are housed in 45mm cases and keeping to the traditional pilot watch style that the Type 20 collection has been known for. Aesthetic features include slate grey dials, Arabic numerals that are made entirely of Super-Luminova, stainless steel cases, and black calf skin straps with rivets. The classic Pilot Type 20 Rescue features the Elite 679 automatic three hand movement while the Chronograph is home to the El Primero 4069.
El Primero A384 Revival
After last year’s successful re-launch of the El Primero A384, Zenith has gone one step further in re-creating this vintage masterpiece with the addition of the original “Gay Frères” ladder bracelet.
Defy 21 Land Rover Limited Edition
Continuing their partnership with Land Rover, Zenith introduces a new limited edition Defy 21 inspired by the iconic Land Rover Defender itself. Limited to 250 pieces, the watches feature the El Primero 9904 automatic chronograph movement that has a 1/100th second counter. A microblasted titanium case and grey rubber bracelet add to a “stealthy” look with just a hint of color in subtle orange accents. Price 13900CHF
Defy 21 Carl Cox
Adding a new ambassador to the brand, Zenith launches a new collaborative piece with world renowed DJ Carl Cox. The full carbon watch hosts the 9904 El Primero movement with 1/100th second chronograph. Limited to 200 pieces at 19500CHF, a nod to the famous DJ can be found at the nine o’clock subdial which is designed to look like a vinyl record. The watch adds an extra surprise with a luminescent bezel and stitching in the red rubber strap.
For more information about these pieces, head over to the Zenith Website.
Showing that quality is better than quantity, Tag Heuer announced only one new watch during the LVMH Watch Week. Celebrating 160 years of the brand, Tag has introduced the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Taking its design cue from the iconic 2447S Carerra, this new timepiece upgrades the movement to the robust Heuer 02 caliber which brings a slightly larger size than the original. At 39mm in a stainless steel case with exhibition acseback, the dial is a stunning silver color with sharp details in the chronograph subdials. Limited to 1,860 pieces at $6,450.
Go to the Tag Heuer website for more information.
What a start to the 2020 year in watches with the first major watch event under wraps. But that’s not all that happened this week…
Omega 5th Generation Men’s Constellation
Following up from last year’s update to the ladies Constellation collection, we see a new update to the men’s collection. Starting at $5,850, the 26 new models range in materials from stainless steel to two tone variations as well as 18k gold. A new update includes several models being made available on a leather strap which has not been seen in the collection for some time. While most models are 39mm, there are a few 36mm and feature the newer in house METAS certified movements. More information at www.omegawatches.com.
Panerai Adds Two Radiomirs
The PAM931 adds to the collection of California dials by the brand but in a larger, 47mm case. Featuring a distinct and unique brown dial that is lighter in the center and gradually getting darker, it embodies a tropical dial that pairs with the aged steel case and brown leather strap well. Inside you will find the P.3000 movement for a price of $8,700. The other addition is the Radiomir 8 Day PAM 992. Keeping with the vintage look of the PAM931, the sandwich dial includes a small seconds indicator that is typical of the P.5000 calibre. Wired lugs and a brown leather strap complete the vintage look for this piece at $8,500. Visit the Panerai website for more.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition
Audemars Piguet has taken their well known Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and added a limited edition piece that will be exclusively sold in the Chinese market at AP Boutiques in the mainland. Limited to 88 pieces (with eight being a lucky number in Chinese culture), the 41mm watch is housed in a titanium case with slate grey dial. At a price of $78,300, the watch is sold on a titanium bracelet and comes with a grey alligator strap and red rubber strap as well. More details available on the AP website.
Seiko Black Series Limited Edition Prospex Watches
Three new limited edition timepieces announced from Seiko this week inspired by the mystery of the ocean at night. All three pieces feature black coated stainless steel cases with sapphire crystals, screw down crowns, lumibrite on hands and indexes, and silicone brands. All limited to different degrees with expected availability beginning in February. See more details here.
…a few other things that caught our attention this week:
A newcomer to the YouTube community is Jenni Elle who has exploded onto the scene. Her video quality is exceptional and the content is just as good. While as of the timing of this article she only has three videos online, we look forward to seeing much more from her in the future.
Our friends from over at Artem Straps have started a fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross. As many of you know, the bushfires in Australia have devastated the nation with over half a billion animals killed. multiple human casualties, and tons of property and damage costs yet unknows. Artem Straps is donating 20% of all strap sales this month to the Australian Red Cross. They specialize in sailcloth straps that we have personally used and enjoy. Check their website out at www.artemstraps.com and place your order today!
That’s it for this week. Be sure to check back with us each Sunday as we quickly run down what’s been going on in the watch world over the last 7 days.Follow Us:
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