Following on the success of the inaugural edition of LVMH Watch Week in Dubai last year, the group’s watchmaking Maisons Bvlgari, Hublot and Zenith returned to share their latest creations and developments with press and clients around the world to start the year on a positive momentum.
For the 2021 edition of LVMH Watch Week, the group’s watchmaking Maisons creatively combined the convenience of digital meetings using state-of-the-art tools with the hands-on experience of one-to-one physical presentations in 15 countries, offering attendees a seamless, informative and interactive experience to discover the four brands’ latest releases.
From the House of Bvlgari, these are the most breathtaking timepieces we got the privilege to view ahead of the rest of the world.
Octo Finissimo S
The Octo Finissimo continues to stake its claim as the contemporary quintessence of masculinity, this time redrawing the design codes of modern sport watches. For 2021, it sets a new paradigm for performance-inspired style with the introduction of three novelties: the Octo Finissimo S in a new monochrome style, the Octo Finissimo S Chronograph GMT, and the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium with a new dial and rubber strap. The Octo Finissimo S is available in a new monochrome edition. This new stainless steel version features a 40mm steel satin-polished case with a new silver vertical-brushed monochromatic dial looking particularly contemporary and striking against the radial brushed bezel. The watch houses the automatic in-house ultra-thin caliber BVL 138 with micro-rotor (2.23 mm) and displays hours, minutes and uncentered small seconds at 7 o’clock. Being a luxury sport watch, the model is water-resistant up to 100 meters with a polished steel screw-down crown set with ceramic.
Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon
Bvlgari Haute Horlogerie is once again the spotlight, proudly presenting its new Masterpiece of Sound, the Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon. Designed to raise the level of sensorial expression through sound, the timepiece features a three-hammer chime combined with a tourbillon regulator: an artful Italian interpretation of Swiss watchmaking expertise that comes to life in its innovative materials and audacious design.It is a triumph of precision and technique, a movement that produces an experience of resounding beauty, requiring up to 1200 components in the case of the 4 hammers Grande Sonnerie — a true Sinfonia della Meccanica.
With the introduction of Serpenti Spiga, Bvlgari’s Serpenti rises again, a forever-icon, reinvented anew for 2021. Three Serpenti Spiga novelties collide with Bvlgari’s jewellery-making expertise, for an impeccable reimagining of the line in brilliant diamonds and precious rose or white gold. Each individual piece is a triumph of focused artistry, executed with passion and skill: the two-row bracelets comprise 70 different elements, while the single-row watches comprise 40 links cast from 40 different moulds. A brilliant all-diamond High Jewellery interpretation, elegantly adorned with more than 800 diamonds and a cabochon-cut blue sapphire on the crown, completes the collection.
For 2021, Lvcea captures the light anew, leveraging the world’s most prestigious decorative arts to create sublime pieces that blur the line between jewel and watch. Furthering a classic métiers d’art technique applied to the mother-of-pearl, the new LVCEA Intarsio Marquetry timepiece infuses the Maison’s signature daily round watch with an additional jeweller’s touch. Each interpretation features a grey mother-of-pearl dial that allows the light to pass through it, recalling the Roman sky in its blue and white pearlescence. Rather than flat, the dial is three dimensional, constructed with mother-of-pearl pieces that are individually worked and faceted, then assembled one by one to create the effect of volume and evoke the rays of the sun.
Bvlgari introduces three new Divas’ Dream watches for 2021: Divas’ Dream Peacock Dischi, the Divas’ Dream Peacock Diamonds and the Divas’ Dream Peacock Tourbillon Lumière, thereby enriching the Divas’ Dream collection with its latest passion for exquisite, ebullient colour. A nod to Bvlgari’s Roman heritage, the peacock series of Divas’ Dream watches pays homage to their charms, channeling the preening spirit of nature’s most diva-like figure. This is an entirely natural choice, since this sensual watch with its highly distinctive character draws inspiration from the fan-shaped mosaics of the Caracalla thermal baths, which also portray peacocks. Real feathers are in-alid amidst brilliant diamonds and the most sophisticated watch movements for pieces that pave the way for a new definition of unapologetic feminine glamour.