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LVMH Watch Week celebrates the best in watchmaking by Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith

Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 8 min read
LVMH Watch Week celebrates the best in watchmaking by Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith
LVMH Watch Week celebrates the best in watchmaking by Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith
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Last month, the sprawling Capella Singapore that sits on 30 acres of land in Sentosa was turned into a mini watch fair by LVMH Group. The four Maisons — Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith — each took up space in a villa, turning it into an exhibition and presentation area where local and international media and guests can have a closer look at the exquisite timepieces.

The prolific watchmaker introduces its latest collection in a dynamic, innovative style typical of the brand.

Big Bang Unico SORAI
Hublot has supported SORA (Save Our Rhinos Africa India) since 2019, founded by Hublot ambassador and former international cricket star Kevin Pietersen. His work helps keep rhinos threatened with extinction safe from poachers. As with the two previous limited editions, part of the proceeds from the sale of the 100 Big Bang Unico SORAI will be donated to the organisation. The colours chosen for the third limited edition are sunset, recalling the heightened danger rhinos face as night falls. Here, the sun is a symbol of hope, of a new dawn.

Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Saxem Yellow Neon
Standing out in the crowd is this eye-popping translucent case in a bright, fluorescent shade of neon yellow, which may seem like a simple idea. But it was incredibly complex to achieve. The powerful, bright neon colour almost seems to glow from the inside, like a fluorescent material, an intense fluorescent shade of acid yellow that is citrus-like in its quality. To meet this highly technical challenge, Hublot had to search for a solution in space technology. Saxem was developed in the field of satellite technology.

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Big Bang Unico Integrated Rainbow and Big Bang Unico Time Only Rainbow
These two pieces are fully paved, from the case to the bezel to the bracelet. Precious stones take their place alongside the most stunning minerals: ruby, amethyst, blue topaz, tsavorite, and a whole spectrum of sapphires — pink, orange, blue and yellow. Each radiant gemstone with its unique hue and subtle nuances is paired, one by one, thanks to the expert eyes and hands of the master stone-setter. There are 174 gemstones in total for the Big Bang Integrated and 176 for the Time Only, and the bracelet for each piece features 768 and 748 set gemstones, respectively.

“Time is a jewel” — the theme for Bulgari’s collection can only be described as dazzling, fascinating, joyful and iconic.

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Divas’ Dream
Precious mobile petals flutter around the pearly face of Divas’ Dream, impelled by wrist movements. Their shape is reminiscent of the ginkgo leaf, symbolising the union of opposites. In this model, Bulgari combines the hardness of the stones with the fluidity of the fanned petals. Topazes, tanzanites, amethysts, tourmalines, rubies and diamonds — gems in brilliant colours, brimming with promise, enhance the new Divas’ Dream.

Divas’ Dream Mosaica
This elegant watch features a full-set dial, a fan-shaped pattern that recalls the mosaics adorning the Baths of Caracalla, with a subtle sapphire gradient ranging from pale pink to magenta for the first rose gold version, and from sky blue to deep azure for the second white gold iteration.

Serpenti Tubogas
The mystical snake has been given a few updates since it made its debut in 1948. This wrapping bracelet results from a complex technique that involves coiling several metres of gold or steel wire. In the late 1950s, Serpenti changed again: iIs face became more realistic and took the shape of a cover concealing the case of “secret” watches, while its scales adopted coloured enamel and precious stones. This year, a bewitching transformation of the snake has been launched in all its glory.

TAG Heuer
It may have been founded in 1860, but TAG Heuer constantly pushes the envelope to create innovative timepieces to meet modern-day needs while always respecting the past.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Solargraph
In March 2022, at Watches and Wonders, TAG Heuer launched the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph with a solar-powered movement. This year, TAG Heuer designed this timepiece with the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph in titanium, with a metallic look.

Outdoor sports enthusiasts have been quick to embrace this version that works in tandem with the sun as it intensifies in any outdoor experience. It works by harnessing the sun to illuminate the Super-Luminova elements of the watch.

No need to change the watch’s battery: It is recharged by the sun or artificial light. A two-minute exposure to direct sunlight is enough to power the watch for an entire day. Once fully charged, after less than 20 hours in the sun, the watch can run for up to six months with no light exposure. If the timepiece stops ticking, it only needs exposure to any light source for 10 seconds to get it started again, thanks to its ultra-efficient recharge time.

TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer
Again, the colour black features prominently in this watch with a translucent fumé blue sapphire crystal chronograph counter at three o’clock and the permanent second at six o’clock. The intricate movement can be viewed through the unique skeletonised dial.

Delivering high precision and high-performance timekeeping, the TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer is powered by the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 Flyback, a chronograph movement with COSC certification. The advantage of a flyback function is the ability to reset the chronograph without stopping it using the black DLC steel pushbuttons.

TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Golf Edition
Golfers can now keep track of their game with the help of this connected watch which features new algorithms that will enhance their performance. Begin your round of golf with your watch, and throughout the game, there is no need to adjust anything as it will keep track of your score. Hence, living up to its slogan: “No distractions, just golf.”

All shots are tracked from the tee to the green, and once there, putting is also tracked. All tracked shots are allocated to a club, so the wearer’s club statistics and distances evolve to ensure the club recommendation learns from their performance. All the wearer needs to do is glance at their watch to know the distance for the next shot. All strokes are already detected at the end of the hole; all the player needs to do is walk to the next hole without ever touching the watch.

This year, the focus is on the Defy collection, which has defied the rules of watchmaking to reveal a collection that is synonymous with the manufacturer's unique take on progressive watchmaking.

Defy Skyline Skeleton
This collection is inspired by modern cityscapes where structures and light are captured within an angular 41mm steel case. The symmetrical skeleton dial takes the form of four-pointed stars, Zenith’s “double Z” logo of the 1960s.

The open dial comes in black or blue, with the skeleton movement’s main plate and the bridges and open star-shaped oscillating weight finished in the same colour as the open dials for a cohesive and architectural look. The different finishes, combining matte, satin-brushed and polished surfaces, further accentuate the depth of the moment and intensity of the colour.

Defy Skyline Boutique Edition
Zenith introduces the first boutique-exclusive edition of the ground-breaking model that comes in a 41mm angular steel case with a dodecagonal bezel that recalls the earliest Defy wristwatches from 1969.

The watch stands out in a sleek design with an anthracite dial, engraved with a rose gold motif and set with rose gold hands and hour markers. The visual animation is one of a constellation of golden stars twinkling against the night sky. To achieve this eye-catching effect, the four-pointed stars, recalling the Zenith emblem found in past references, are first engraved on the dial and then plated with rose gold.

Defy Extreme Glacier
Made to brave the elements and harsh weather conditions, this timepiece is destined for a series of special editions that integrate natural stones within the ruggedness of the toughest 1/100th of a second chronograph around. Blurring the lines between precision watchmaking and sculptural, wearable art, the Defy Extreme Glacier is inspired by frozen barren landscapes, where only those adapted to endure the harsh and extreme environment can thrive.

An integral part of the titanium case, the component that protects the pushers and the dodecagonal bezel is crafted from chalcedony, a crystalline semi-translucent stone with a pale blue hue that evokes the frozen glaciers. Meticulously cut and polished by hand, each stone is different and exhibits slightly different colours and fibrous structures, making each of the 50 examples of the Defy Extreme Glacier a unique piece.

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