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LVMH Watch Week 2021: 6 novelties we can’t stop thinking about

LVMH Watch Week 2021 is in full (digital) swing. Here’s what you need to know.

From the master chronographer of  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

Meet the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver. Incase you haven’t realised by the fuselage-inspired dial, it pays homage to 100 years of aviation and especially times of aero wars. What’s also interesting is its onion shaped crown, which takes after the designs of onboard timekeeping instruments from the early 20th century. It continues with what the Type 20 Extra Special did in 2019, a Silver 925 case, a Zenith flying instruments logo engraving on its caseback, and a satin-brushed finish dial. However, their latest calibre El Primero 4069 throws in a double sub-dial chronograph into the mix. It’s also limited to just 250 units this time so if you’re an aviation horologist, do hurry.

Bvlgari Dream Peacock Dischi

At the heart of this masterpiece is a bird that has signified elegance and grace in the animal kingdom, hence there’s no reason why watchmaking mustn’t learn a cue or two from its art. The tail feathers of the bird actually feature ‘eyes’, an iridescent mix of blue, green, red and gold colours. With the dial made of this, Bvlgari revives an artistic technique of feather marquetry from the ’70s. Amidst all this natural beauty is a bedazzling circle of brilliant-cut diamonds, with a larger one that indicates the hours. The one on the outer circle of diamonds indicates minutes. You’ll only see 50 of these in your lifetime, and only if you’re lucky enough to.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Magic Gold

Apart from the 14-day power reserve and the powerful movement under the hood, it’s the case material that impresses us. It’s made out of a scratch-resistant gold alloy, which Hublot claims is virtually incapable of conceding a scratch. We believe this project kept most of Hublot’s R&D busy for most of last year and it’s no surprise why. The mix comes from a compression of ceramic powder (boron nitride) which is then placed in a furnace at a temperature of about 2200 degrees celsius. This is then mixed with liquid gold to mold the case. The lower half of its dial is dedicated towards telling you how long the watch will run for, while the upper half tells time and displays the Frankenstein calibre.

Zenith Defy 21 Urban Jungle

I think we’re attracted to this watch for how understated it is amongst the novelties Zenith put forth at the LVMH watch week. It’s powerful, yet simple. It gets the ‘jungle’ half of its name for the colour it boasts, and the ‘urban’ for the fierce Zenith build you can see through its skeleton face. Cased out of a green ceramic that Zenith like to call Khakhi, it’s powered by an automatic El Primero 9004 with a chronograph that’s accurate to 1/1000th of a second.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT

The eight-sided Finissimo is a name remembered for fitting ultra-advanced and complicated movements into the thinnest bodies in horological history. It’s as much of an icon as it is a pioneer and it will hold this crown for a certain few more years. Currently, the original record-setting Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT slates in at 42mm with a thickness of just 6.9mm. However, in 2021, it measures 43mm across and is 8.75 mm thick, which is why it leaps from 30 to 100 in terms of water resistance. We see a 24-hour GMT dial that sits next to the two chronographic sub-dials. The satin-brushed finish prevails.

Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire

Over the years, we’ve seen tons of different takes on colorful 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 ingredients in watchmaking — even for Hublot standards. The movement in question is Hublot’s new manufacture MHUB6035 that packs a 72 hour power reserve, runs automatic, and boasts a beautiful floating tourbillon. Certainly a striking piece at the LVMH Watch Week 2021.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India

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