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June 20, 2024

Best timepieces from LVMH watch week 2022

Schenelle Dsouza
LVMH kickstarted the year with the third edition of its annual LVMH Watch Week. Showcasing some incredible creations, the group’s Maisons – Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith Watches had some exquisite new creations inspired by their own earlier collections. While gold cases have made a comeback, mechanical movements have been introduced in high-jewellery watches, in acknowledgement of serious collectors who are women.
Here are our favourite picks from the LVMH Watch Week 2022.
Bvlgari Lvcea Intarsio
Bvlgari
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Capturing the ethereal beauty of the skies, Bvlgari’s Lvcea Intarsio featured two beautifully handcrafted timepieces with three-dimensional dials. Bulgari’s watches are known for their industrial-design influenced aesthetic. The new LVCEA Skeleton further establishes this commitment to feminine watches with the only skeletonized watch on the market made for women.
Bvlgari
Photo Courtesy: Bvlgari / Instagram
Using classic techniques like marquetry, the dials are crafted with blue aventurine and pink mother-of-pearl elements that add a chromatic effect. Adding a hint of bling, the dial is accentuated with round brilliant-cut diamonds, a synthetic cabochon-cut rubellite and a round diamond an additional jewellery touch to the timepiece.
Bvlgari Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie
Bvlgari
Photo Courtesy: Bvlgari
The Octo has been the iconic watch of the brand since it was launched in 2004. Fusing Haute Horologerie with High Jewellery, the Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie is a brilliant example of Bulgari’s mastery of exquisite gems. An 18kt white gold case, the dial is set with 446 baguette-cut Zambian emeralds and 30kt diamonds, complemented by a green alligator bracelet. But the watch is more than a beautiful work of art. It also presents a harmonious charm that is created by Bvlgari’s unique combination of Grande and Petite Sonnerie mechanisms and 4-hammer Westminster chimes.
Bvlgari Serpenti
Bvlgari
Photo Courtesy: Bvlgari / Instagram
Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti collection recreates itself in a new in-house Piccolissimo calibre, which is one of the smallest mechanical movements to date. Embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds and mesmerising emerald eyes, the watch comes in 18kt white gold and 18kt rose gold variations, while both are set with brilliant-cut diamonds, malachites and green enamel. Playing with the mystery of the brand’s sacred animal, the timepiece unveils the mini calibre dial inside the mouth of the snake.
Bvlgari
Photo Courtesy: Bvlgari
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II – Magic Gold 
Hublot
Photo Courtesy: Hublot
Continuing its partnership with Sang Bleu (an independent, multi-disciplinary media platform and creative agency, encompassing Sang Bleu magazine and Sang Bleu tattoo studio in London), Hublot released three new Big Bang Sang Bleu timepieces. The most impressive of the three however has to be the Magic Gold variant. For the Magic Gold timepiece, Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi experiments with 18k gold and ceramic for the case, turning it into a scratch-proof masterpiece. Aside from this, the watch retains its intricate art designed by the tattoo artist himself.
Hublot Yellow Gold Collection
Hublot
Photo Courtesy: Hublot / Instagram
Hublot is going back to the classics with its yellow gold collection. The revival of yellow gold is featured in four of the brand’s collections namely Big Bang Integral, the Big Bang Unico, the Classic Fusion Chronograph and the Spirit of Big Bang. Showcasing the brand’s love for the colour, Hublot integrates rubber into three of the designs, adding a sporty-chic aesthetic to the watches.
TAG Heuer Autavia Chronometer Flyback Chronograph
Tag Heuer Autavia Chronometer Flyback
Photo Courtesy: TAG Heuer
Launched as part of Tag Heuers limited edition collection for the brand’s 60th birthday, the Autavia Flyback Chronograph brings the flyback function to the Autavia collection for the first time.  A modern 42mm black PVD-finished steel case holds the dial and bi-directional ceramic bezel. Given the dark-hued dial, a Super-LumiNova coating creates sharply contrasting sea-green Arabic numerals and hands making it easier to read in the dark.
Zenith Defy 21 Chroma
Zenith Watches
Photo Courtesy: Zenith Watches
Zenith’s Defy 21 Chroma adds a fun pop of colour to their watch collection. The white ceramic case presents an open dial set with markers in gradient rainbow colours which is repeated on the stitching on the rubber strap. A sapphire case back shows off the singular El Primero 9004 Calibre with 21 automatic high-frequency 1/100th of a second chronograph.
Zenith Defy Skyline
Zenith Wwatches
Photo Courtesy: Zenith Watches
Zenith’s new Defy Skyline features a sleek yet rugged geometric design. Inspired by the night sky, the 12 sided geometrical dial is embellished with a perfectly aligned pattern consisting of engraved four-pointed stars, recreating the earliest Defy from 1969. The case back also features an ingenious and intuitive quick strap-change mechanism.
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Schenelle Dsouza

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