After a long hiatus watch fair season is back and to start 2023, LVMH is putting on a show with the new edition of LVMH Watch Week.
LVMH Watch Week is an event hosted by LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate. The event is held annually in January and brings together some of the most prestigious watch brands under the LVMH umbrella, including Bulgari, Hublot, Zenith, and Tag Heuer, to showcase their latest collections and innovations.
It is a showcase of luxury watchmaking at its finest, with each brand displaying their latest and most exclusive timepieces. You can expect to see a wide range of styles and designs, from classic, elegant pieces to bold, contemporary designs. The event also provides a platform for LVMH’s watch brands to connect with customers and industry experts from around the world.
Here are some of the novelties showcased this year in Singapore:
The new Big Bang Tourbillon is a highly flashy and sporty watch that is extremely yellow in color. It is made out of SAXEM, a material which is a combination of Sapphire, Aluminium Oxide, and Rare Earth Mineral. This material gives the watch a tough, shiny, and somewhat transparent appearance, and also allows it to be shaped.
In this case, it is shaped into a 44mm watch with a skeletonized caliber, a tourbillon that appears to float in mid-air, and a 72-hour power reserve. The other parts are made of titanium, and some components which would usually be made of titanium or metal are made out of sapphire, making the movement exceptionally visible.
The Monza Flyback Chronometer is a new version of the iconic Monza watch, it features a 42mm carbon case with a finishing pattern that resembles a blacked-out version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
The crown and chronograph pushers use black DLC-coated steel to match. It uses an in-house Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback movement, which is a column wheel chronograph movement with a vertical clutch, 80 hours of power reserve, and is COSC certified. The dial is skeletonized, with tachymeter and pulsometer scales on the outer ring.
The watch also features red and blue accents, which add color to the black case and dial. The subdials at three and six o’clock use a translucent blue fumé sapphire crystal, while the indices are blue lacquer. The date window is located at 9 o’clock and bordered in red.
The Defy Skyline Skeleton is a new watch that evolves from the brand’s Defy Skeleton, and it highlights the iconic El Primero movement. The watch comes in both a black and blue open dial, which features a four-pointed star pattern with triangular and boomerang-shaped patterns cut out of the dial. It has an outside minute track with rhodium-plated, faceted hour markers coated with SuperLuminova.
The skeletonized movement, finished in the same color as the dial, is visible underneath and also the satin-finished star-shaped oscillating weight. It features the same base movement, the three-hand automatic El Primero 3620 but with some new features. The placement of the 1/10th of a second sub-dial has moved to six o’clock, and the date has been removed altogether. The crown remains at the normal three o’clock position and has a 60-hour power reserve.
The case is made of steel, has an angular shape, 41mm size, and a 12-sided faceted bezel, it is also water resistant to 100 meters. The watch comes with a quick-change strap system that allows for easy switching between the steel bracelet and rubber strap.
The Serpenti is a iconic watch from Bulgari that has undergone many variations over the years, it has evolved from stylized versions of the Tubogas in the late 1940s to more naturalistic snakes created in the late ’50s through the late ’70s.
The latest release is the Serpenti Tubogas Infinity, which features a 35mm curved rose gold case set with 486 diamonds (~5.85 carats) and a quartz movement. The gem-setting on the bracelet extends all the way up to the watch case creating a uninterrupted line of diamonds. It’s available as a single or double wrap.
Overall, LVMH Watch Week is an important event in the luxury watchmaking calendar, and it provides a glimpse into the latest trends and innovations in the industry. It gives watch enthusiasts and industry professionals an opportunity to see the latest collections from some of the most prestigious brands in the world, and also provides a platform for these brands to connect with customers and experts from around the world.