Following the 2022 edition of LVMH Watch Week, Whitewall is looking back on the latest timepieces introduced by Hublot, Bvlgari, Zenith, and TAG Heuer.
We saw several gorgeous new timepieces presented by Hublot, including the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, made in collaboration with the tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi. Imagined in three colorways—Magic Gold, Black Magic ceramic, and Green ceramic—the statement timepiece bears a dimensional angular design, maintaining its practicality through a Unico self-winding chronograph flyback with a column wheel. Treating the design process like the precision required for tattooing, Plescia-Buchi has finished the watch’s façade with his signature geometric art.
While Bvlgari introduced several horological masterpieces, two of our favorites were the Octo Roma Emerald Grande Sonnerie and the Serpenti Misterioso High Jewellery. Outfitted with the mechanical self-winding BVL703 caliber movement, the Octo Roma glistens with a 72-baguette emerald set bezel, which encircles a face covered in 374 diamonds. This one-of-a-kind timepiece presents hours and minutes and is outfitted with a matching green alligator strap. Meanwhile, the deceiving Serpenti Misterioso presents as a magnificent, bejeweled snake that coils around the wearer’s wrist. Upon closer examination, the serpent’s mouth opens to reveal a miniature watch face, which features the maison’s BVL 100 Piccolissimo caliber manual micro-movement.
Of Zenith’s debuts, the one we can’t stop thinking of is the DEFY Extreme model in carbon fiber—the house’s first use of the material. Embodying a rugged, sporty aesthetic conceived with motor racing in mind, the second iteration of the DEFY features an impressive automatic high-frequency chronograph (the El Primero 9004) with accuracy down to 1/100th of a second. The detailed face holds indicators for hours and minutes, small seconds notation, a central chronograph hand, a 30-minute counter, and a 60-second timer. Imagined in black and rhodium-plated details, SuperLuminova technology makes for easy reading, while its 50-hour power reserve and water resistance up to 20 ATM ensures durability through any scenario. Each piece comes outfitted with three easily interchangeable straps, including one in red textured rubber, one in black rubber, and a black Velcro strap.
Made for explorers, TAG Heuer’s sleek and timeless Aquaracer Outdoor Professional 200 comes in several models. Including 30- and 40mm automatic movement, 30- and 40mm quartz movement, and multiple aesthetic variations of each, the steel-bodied timepieces are durable enough for outdoor adventures and refined enough to carry over to indoor settings, be it the office or an evening out. The 40mm automatic model really caught our eye, featuring a smoky black sunray brushed dial and clean, simple indicators for hours, minutes, seconds, and date.