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18 Best Watches of LVMH Watch Week 2023 | Man of Many

Six decades after the original Carrera watch was unveiled, TAG Heuer has revisited the classic silhouette. The heritage-themed timepiece is limited to just 600 examples worldwide and judging by the first look, they’ll go quickly. The TAG Heuer Carrera 60th Anniversary Edition takes inspiration from the 1960s 2447 SN reference and features the iconic ‘panda’ dial. Unlike the original’s hand-wound Valjoux movement, however, the new 39mm iteration is backed by some seriously modern firepower.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 60th Anniversary Edition

After stunning Watches & Wonders last year with the Aquaracer Solargraph, TAG Heuer has returned with a new edition. The Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph takes many of the lessons learned from the initial solar-powered machine and builds upon them, with remarkable results. This time around, the Solargraph is wrapped in titanium, improving quality and durability even further. Best of all, there’s no need to change the watch’s battery as it’s recharged by the sun or artificial light.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph

The long-fabled relationship between TAG Heuer and motorsport took another step at LVMH Watch Week 2023, courtesy of the Monza Flyback Chronometer. The special edition 42mm timepiece is made of ultra-lightweight resistant carbon and features a striking black dial with two-register layout. More specifically, you can find a translucent fumé blue sapphire crystal chronograph counter at 3 and the permanent second at 6 o’clock, while the unique skeletonised dial reveals the stunning in-house Calibre Heuer 02 Flyback movement underneath.

TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer

A major focus for TAG Heuer over LVMH Watch Week 2023 was the Connected line. TAG Heuer’s marquee smartwatch range copped a host of fresh faces, including the 45mm Connect Calibre E4 Sport Edition. With a number of new functions and a redesigned strap, the Sport Edition can now monitor any sporting activity with a wider range of data, including a new Trail & Hiking application for runners and adventurers. TAG Heuer has also boosted the steel crown with a rubber insert on all 45-mm models, making it easier to grip, even with wet hands.

TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Sport Edition

In keeping with the recent trend toward smaller timepieces, TAG Heuer also revealed a slimmed-down version of the Calibre E4, this time bathed in a deep black titanium. The 42mm smartwatch maintains the same signature chronograph-inspired design, which includes a black steel rotating crown and matching pushers used for interface navigation, and a high-end digital experience. The entire case is crafted from DLC Grade 2 titanium, with the large 1.28′′ OLED screen protected by a domed sapphire crystal.

TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Titanium Edition

Zenith kicked off its LVMH Watch Week 2023 campaign with a number of new additions to the DEFY Skyline range, the most important of which was the DEFY Skyline Skeleton. With two variations, a blue-toned openworked dial or a black-toned openworked dial, the new releases represent a more modern approach to watchmaking from LVMH Group’s most revered producer. According to Zenith CEO Julien Tornare, the latest DEFY Skyline Skeleton pieces were inspired by modern cityscapes where structures and light are bound in a constantly moving interplay.

Zenith DEFY Skyline Skeleton

After the success of the DEFY Skyline Collection last year, it’s little wonder Zenith has returned with a boutique-exclusive edition. The new Zenith DEFY Skyline Boutique is a 41mm steel release with a characteristic dodecagonal bezel that recalls the original DEFY wristwatches from the 1960s. Where this one differed, however, is in the radiant anthracite dial, which arrives engraved with a rose gold motif and set with rose gold hands and hour markers. Perhaps most impressive of all, Zenith has managed to capture a constellation of golden stars twinkling against the night sky by recalling the ZENITH emblem found in past references, engraving them on the dial, and then plating them with rose gold.

Zenith DEFY Skyline Boutique

For its final release for LVMH Watch Week 2023, Zenith set its phasers to ‘extreme’. Following the DEFY Extreme Desert that was unveiled back in 2021, the new DEFY Extreme Glacier represents the collection’s most durable and rugged piece, capable of withstanding the most torrid of conditions

Zenith DEFY Extreme Glacier

For LVMH Watch Week 2023, avant-garde specialist Hublot went out of this world, quite literally. The watchmaker unveiled the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Saxem Yellow Neon, a new variation of the hit timepiece crafted from (you guessed it) Saxem, a material often used in satellites and lasers.  While you could argue the goal in using the material was to make the timepiece more robust, in essence, Hublot has harnessed Saxem as a method to produce unique colourways – this time opting for a neon yellow semi-translucent finish. According to Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, the process to nail the colour was harder than you may think.

Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Saxem Yellow Neon

In addition to the hyper-colour Saxem release, Hublot also revealed two similarly glitzy new Big Bangs. The Hublot Big Bang Integrated Rainbow and Big Bang Unico Time Only Rainbow arrived adorned with a series of translucent gemstones of varying colours, responsible for their namesake’s design. A mixture of ruby, amethyst, blue topaz, tsavorite and a bevy of coloured sapphires make up the two timepieces, with 174 on the Big Bang Integrated and 176 on the Time Only, respectively.

Hublot Big Bang Integrated Rainbow and Big Bang Unico Time Only Rainbow

Fans of Hublot will note that the brand has been supporting SORAI – Save Our Rhinos Africa India – an organisation founded by Hublot ambassador and former test cricket star Kevin Pieterson, since 2019. For Watch Week this year, the brand reaffirmed its commitment to the enterprise by releasing the new Big Bang Unico Sorai, the third such watch to feature in the series. As with the previous two, part of the proceeds from the sale of the 100 pieces will be donated to SORAI, helping to keep rhinos safe from poachers.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sorai

Revisiting Carlo Crocco’s original design, Hublot took a stab at a new series of Classic Fusion releases as well. Copping the instantly recognisable rubber strap, it’s easy to see where the brand has based its foundations, however, there are a bunch of new additions thrown in for good measure. This time around, the logo is a little more contemporary and the addition of new case materials certainly hasn’t been lost on fans. There are now yellow gold, titanium and ceramic models, each available in 42mm, 38mm and 33mm. There’s not a huge amount that has changed on this one but you could argue that it is a good thing.

Hublot Classic Fusion Original

Hublot long history with luxury resort Chval Blanc Ranbheli also got a mention at LVMH Watch Week 2023, with the brand unveiling a new Big Bang Unico and Big Bang Once Click timepiece to honour the hotel’s ninth anniversary. Both release cop a pop of yellow to represent the beaming sun, set against an alligator strap in white and warm grey and a polished yellow ceramic bezel.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli

While the details surrounding the new Spirit of Big Bang models are fairly scant right now, Hublot did give us a brief look at the Carbon Blue and Purple Sapphire releases. Judging by the initial photos, the Carbon Blue model harks back to the Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon that debuted back in January 2021, courtesy of the carbon case with white micro-glass fibres. As a result, you can expect this new timepiece to fetch well into the six-figure mark, but more will be revealed later this week.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Carbon Blue and Purple Sapphire

For LVMH Watch Week 2023, fine jewellery producer Bulgari reimagined one of its most revered necklaces as a stunning piece of horological ingenuity. Eight of the iconic fan-shape designs that the Diva’s Dream is best known for now sit around a mother-of-pearl dial, framing the timepiece with unparalleled glamour. In between each fan, Bulgari has dropped a series of large gemstones, giving an even more outrageous finish.

Bulgari Diva’s Dream

Taking things even further, the new Bulgari Diva’s Dream Mosaica once again rehashes the classic fan-shape, but in an entirely different way. Here, the unique silhouette is found across the pattern dial, which arrives virtually exploding with jewels. The mosaic tapestry-like effect gives the finish a more art-deco aesthetic, which feels fittingly lavish. At 37mm, this Mosaic is a big step up in size from the standard Diva’s Dream, but the addition of the mechanical BVL 191 movement with automatic winding makes this a necessity. Truly stunning work from Bulgari.

Bulgari Diva’s Dream Mosaica

For LVMH Watch Week 2023, Italian high-jewellery brand Bulgari pulled out all the stops. Returning back to its fabled snake motif, the brand introduced a renewed version of the Serpenti, dubbed the Serpenti Tubogas Infinity. As to be expected, the new piece arrives dripping in diamonds, but there is an interesting change-up in terms of design. This new piece sees the iconic Tubogas technology, which is responsible for the coiling, spring-action movement of the bracelet, weave its magic through both the case and bracelet components, which feature a string of precious gems. The quartz-powered Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Infinity is available with either one or two coils, complete with adorned with 445 (4.85ct) and 486 (5.85ct) diamonds respectively.

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Infinity

Another timepiece based on the flower motif, the new Bulgari Allegra is one of the more intricate watches unveiled at LVMH Watch Week 2023. The centre of the timepiece is virtually the same as the mother-of-pearl Diva’s Dream, however, this variation cops extra diamonds in place of the hour markers. The outer section, however, provides a greater degree of glitz and glamour, with an assortment of citrine, tourmaline, peridot and rhodolite gems set above and beneath the inner dial.

Bulgari Allegra

Curated and organised by the LVMH Group, LVMH Watch Week is an annual showcase of the group’s dynamic watchmaking brands. A key pillar on the horological calendar, the event shines a spotlight on the traditional and modern maisons pushing the industry forward, while helping to outline the direction key industry players will take into the future. For LVMH Watch Week 2023, producers Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith will be in Singapore this year to premier their latest collections to journalists from around the world.

What is LVMH Watch Week?

Arriving a full two months ahead of Watches & Wonders, the aptly named LVMH Watch Week 2023 will take place from January 10-12 2023. The event will be held in Singapore and incorporate both in-person and digital activations. Importantly, LVMH Group has confirmed that the websites and social media of LVMH, Bulgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith will be showcasing all the exciting new watch creations unveiled at the event.

Where and When is LVMH Watch Week?

While the nameplate may focus on fashion and alcohol, LVMH Group owns and operates a number of brands and labels in the watchmaking industry. According to the organisation, the Houses in the Watches & Jewelry sector of LVMH operate in two segments: high-quality watchmaking on the one hand and jewellery and high jewellery on the other. Specifically, the current roster of watchmaking maisons under LVMH Group includes:

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