The watchmaking titans of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group unite to debut and celebrate their offerings for the year ahead. From the master chronographer, Zenith to the Italian elegance of Bvlgari, these are the timepieces at LVMH Watch Week 2021 that impressed us most.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver
The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver features a fuselage-inspired dial that pays homage to 100 years of aviation. Its dome-shaped crown also takes after the designs of timekeeping aviation instruments from the early 20th century. A Zenith flying instrument logo is also engraved on its caseback along with a satin-brushed finish dial — quite like the Type 20 Extra Special of 2019. Another noteworthy entry is also the calibre El Primero 4069, as it features a double sub-dial chronograph. The latter is limited to just 250 units this time, so you might need to make your decision quick before it gets snapped up.
Bvlgari Dream Peacock Dischi
The majestic peacock lies at the heart of this masterpiece, signifying grace and elegance. The bird’s tail feathers make for a fascinating technicolour translation into the watch world thanks to its iridescent mix of blue, green, red and gold. This combination takes centre stage on the dial by way of feather marquetry — an artistic technique from the ’70s. Surrounding this heartstopping beauty is a circle of brilliant-cut diamonds; the larger ones indicate the hours while the outer circle indicates minutes. Only 50 of these timepieces will be made.
Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Magic Gold
Hublot’s Big Bang MP-11 Magic Gold has a lot going for it. Apart from the 14-day power reserve and the powerful movement under the hood, it’s the case material that really impresses us. It’s made out of a scratch-resistant gold alloy, which Hublot claims is ‘virtually incapable of conceding a scratch’. The material technonology comes from a compression of ceramic powder (boron nitride) which is then placed in a furnace at a temperature of about 2,200 degrees Celsius. This is then mixed with liquid gold to mold the case. The lower half of its dial will tell you how long the watch will run for, while the upper half tells time and displays the Frankenstein calibre.
Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle
The Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle has our eye as it is one of the most understated watches put forth at the LVMH watch week. It’s powerful, yet simple. It gets the ‘Jungle’ half of its name for its colour and ‘urban’ for the fierce Zenith build viewable through its skeleton face. It is powered by an automatic El Primero 9004 with a chronograph that’s accurate to 1/1000th of a second and housed in a khaki ceramic case befitting of its name.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT
The eight-sided Finissimo is best remembered for fitting ultra-advanced and complicated movements into the thinnest bodies. In that way, this timepiece is as much of an icon as it is a pioneer. The original record-setting Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT measures in at just 42mm and a thickness oft 6.9mm. The 2021 edition sees it being expanded to 43mm across and 8.75 mm thick. All that additional “heft” sees its water resistance going from 30m to 100m. There’s also a 24-hour GMT dial that sits next to the two chronographic sub-dials.
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire
Over the years, we’ve seen a multitude of takes on colourful or translucent, sapphire-cased watches from Hublot, but not one quite like this one. The burst of orange comes from titanium and chromium in the mix — certainly interesting materials in watchmaking, even by Hublot’s standards. The movement in question is the brand’s new manufacture; the MHUB6035 packs a 72-hour power reserve, runs automatic and boasts a beautiful floating tourbillon. Certainly a striking piece at the LVMH Watch Week 2021.
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