Three top picks from LVMH Watch Week 2021
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Three top picks from LVMH Watch Week 2021

Three top picks from LVMH Watch Week 2021

The second edition of the annual LVMH Watch Week took place in January this year as a virtual event, with top brands including Hublot, Zenith and Bulgari showcasing their novelties for 2021

Hublot
Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve in Carbon White (pictured above)

The Big Bang was never intended to be a discreet timepiece, or one that slips inconspicuously under your cuff. It is intended to – as you’d infer from its name – be an unapologetic statement piece, and an attention-grabbing one at that. There’s nothing shy about this 42mm tonneau-shaped carbon fibre case with micro-glass fibre inserts, or even that skeletonised manufacture HUB6020 manual-winding movement boldly showcasing its imposing tourbillon.

Zenith
Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver
It’s the only watchmaker in the world allowed to use the word Pilot on its dial – and with good reason. This is a watchmaker who has spent the better part of its over 155-plus year history perfecting pilot watches (as far back as 1909, aviator Louis Bleriot wore one on his wrist crossing the English Channel). This year’s Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is limited to 250 pieces, with the 45mm case and dial made entirely of sterling silver – a first for the brand. The satin brush finish on the surface of the dial and the rivet on the leather strap resembles details found on the fuselage of vintage aircraft, a further nod to this watch’s aviation roots.

Bulgari
Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon


It’s a watch where every element is designed to deliver absolute aural pleasure. The three hammers have been brought dial-side to allow for added visual drama for the wearer as they strike the three gongs to sound the Westminster Chime (those gongs are hardened at a temperature of 900 degrees). The middle case of the 44mm black DLC coated titanium case has been hollowed out (as is the grille on the dial) to enhance the sound, while titanium only works to augment it further. Even the new calibre BVL428 movement features a separate barrel dedicated to powering the chiming mechanism.

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