The commencement of the watch season is now underway. Annually, LVMH Watch Week marks the beginning of the New Year’s calendar, closely followed by Watches & Wonders in Geneva. Let’s explore the most captivating timepieces from LVMH Watch Week to kick off the year.
The Zenith Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar In Slate-Gray
The Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar’s comeback is a significant milestone for the brand. With a long history that began with the inclusion of a triple calendar and moon phase functions, the El Primero is a really extraordinary watch. With its full calendar, moon phase indicator, and 1/10th of a second chronograph, this watch is incredibly useful without sacrificing readability.
Following the A386 blueprint, the 38mm steel case has a vintage-inspired design and a domed sapphire crystal that beautifully houses these complex complications. There are two variations of the dial available: a more luxurious opaline slate-grey display with silvery-white counters and a sporty silver-white “panda” opaline dial with black hands and markers. A sunburst olive-green tone characterises the third dial option, which is exclusive to the Chronomaster Original Triple Calendar Boutique Edition. With a frequency of 5 Hz (36,000 VpH), the El Primero 3610 movement powers this watch, which provides accurate timekeeping and a 60-hour power reserve.
Zenith Chronomaster Sport with Gem-Set
Zenith unveiled the most opulent Chronomaster Sport model to date. This watch is a real masterpiece. It has a brilliant rose gold chain and case, and it has a bejewelled bezel with meticulously placed black spinels, grey and blue sapphires, and baguette-cut white diamonds. The Chronomaster Sport is brought to previously unheard-of heights of beauty while maintaining its own character thanks to the addition of a new dimension provided by the classic El Primero tricolour scheme. This version is unique due to its dial, which combines cutting-edge watchmaking with skillful gem setting (with a total of 5 carats set).
The dial, which is made from a meteorite slice, is painstakingly hand-finished to a golden tint that highlights the meteorite’s distinctive Windmanstätten pattern with a warm, sunlit glow. The dial is further embellished with conventional grey and blue chronograph counters and hour markers set with baguette-cut diamonds, complemented with a gold-tone date wheel. Under the gorgeous façade is the newest El Primero calibre, the El Primero 3600, which has a longer power reserve of 60 hours and operates at a high frequency of 5 Hz (36,000 VpH) for real 1/10th of a second precision.
The Hublot MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium
Just like what they always do with their MP collection, Hublot comes back with some magic. There’s no dial, hands, or oscillating weight; instead, there’s a roller display, a circular power reserve, and an inclined tourbillon automatic winding by two linear weights. The announcement of a new Manufacture Piece (MP) is always eagerly awaited at Hublot. This MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium will be no exception. The piece is immediately arresting. With its rounded angles, sleek design, and sapphire crystal of unparalleled complexity, it houses a movement that is no less sophisticated. A fusion of form and substance. The mechanical and aesthetic power are inseparable, which is one of the key concepts guiding the MP collections.
And at the point where they intersect, the Manufacture offers a bold reinvention of the classic watchmaking complications. These are avant-garde pieces which are resolutely disruptive in their movement, display and complications. But they are neither concepts nor exercises in style. Like all the other MPs, the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System Titanium is a complete, accomplished, and practical watch that will soon adorn the wrists of a select few collectors.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Saxem Green
Hublot unveils the second shade of its revolutionary material, SAXEM. Closely allied to sapphire, SAXEM is equally resistant yet offers even more luminosity. With cousins, you can tell they come from the same family, but they do have distinctive differences. The same can be said for sapphire and SAXEM, their connection is clear as they come from the same Hublot lineage. The Manufacture in Nyon is credited with bringing them both into the 21st century, to the point of establishing them as hallmark materials.
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Sapphire is made of aluminium oxide, to which metallic oxides are added to provide colour. In contrast, SAXEM is coloured with rare earth elements. Sapphire has a trigonal (three-sided) structure, while SAXEM has a cubic (four-sided) form. Chemical details? Maybe, but ever since Hublot established itself as an integrated Manufacture, R&D has been the key focus of its operations. This was true when the Nyon Manufacture was inaugurated in 2009, and, 15 years later, remains so today. The new Big Bang Unico Green SAXEM is further proof.
Those four are something beautiful to start this year, which one is your favourite? We will keep you posted once these beautiful releases are available in The Time Place boutique. Find our watch collections online or locate the nearest The Time Place boutique for more information.