From Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith
Dubai was blessed with the arrival of the LVMH Group from January 13-15 for a new event called LVMH Watch Week. Held at the city’s Bulgari Hotel, it was an opportunity for watch companies within the LVMH Group – Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith – to debut some of their key 2020 models.
More will be on the way, but for now take a look at this lot:
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in Sandblasted Rose Gold
The original Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater was launched in 2016, and hailed as the world’s thinnest watch of its kind – the titanium case was just 6.85mm thick. A carbon version followed in 2018, and now we have a model in rose gold, slightly chunkier at 6.90mm. Historically, rose gold cases were viewed as the best for this complication, giving an excellent tonal reproduction, and this design has a semi-matte, sandblasted finish.
Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic
Big Bang indeed. So far, we’ve seen the MP-11 produced in sapphire crystal, 3D Carbon and King Gold, with this latest version featuring a 45mm red high-tech ceramic case. The design is known for the seven series-coupled barrels, arranged horizontally just below the time, which help the movement offer 14 days of power reserve. The strap is black lined structured rubber, with only 100 watches in total to be made.
Hublot Classic Gold Fusion Crystal
If you want a watch that attracts attention, try one with crystalised 24k gold stretching across a jet-black dial. This is said to be the rarest form of gold, made from gold flakes. The watch, with a black ceramic case, comes in 38mm and 45mm sizes, with an automatic HUB1112 calibre, offering a 42-hour power reserve, and a black alligator strap. Because of the way the gold crystals are formed, each watch will be entirely unique.
TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition
Originally founded in 1860, this year will see TAG Heuer celebrate its 160th anniversary, partly with help from the iconic Carrera line. To be released in June is this special limited edition – just 1,860 pieces – based on the original Carrera model from 1964. This new version has the same monochromatic silver dial, with three chronograph counters, its size upped from 36mm to 39mm, and a modern Heuer 02 movement for 80 hours of power reserve.
Zenith Defy 21 Carl Cox Edition
Legendary DJ and producer Carl Cox had a watch unveiled in his honour by Zenith, based on the existing Defy El Primero 21 chronograph, but limited to just 200 pieces. The Defy 21 Carl Cox Edition has a full carbon body, measuring 44mm and treated to a SuperLuminova coating, making it glow green under a UV light or when playing in a club. The stitching in the strap also glows, and the seconds dial on the face is now a spinning vinyl record.