Exclusive horological highlights for 2022 have been in the spotlight at the third edition of the LVMH Watch Week, whetting the appetite of collectors eager to see the latest novelties from the illustrious portfolio that encompasses Bulgari, Hublot, Zenith and TAG Heuer.
February 01, 2022
Ones to Watch
Gold is the new black at Hublot in 2022, with a sextet of stunning gilded watches in Hublot’s proprietary yellow metal. Paying rich tribute to the 1980s Hublot aesthetic, each of the six pieces draws a stylistic line from past to present and celebrates the category that Hublot defined and made its own – the sporty chic watch. Uniting rubber with precious metals ruffled the serious and sober feathers of traditional Swiss watchmaking and paved the way for 40 years of audacious horology. Today, the golden six feature iconic models from the Hublot ouvre: Classic Fusion, Big Bang, and Spirit of Big Bang. Three Big Bang Integral watches are expressed in three different ways: a satin-finished gold version, and two diamond-set versions, one bearing the status of high jewellery. The art of stone-setting, a signature of Hublot, is rightly celebrated alongside its mastery of skeleton work, which takes centre stage in the Big Bang Unico and Spirit of Big Bang, two models whose skeleton movements express the Hublot passion for powerful aesthetics and even more powerful mechanics. “This is the first time we have unveiled such a rich set of pieces based on a single theme – yellow gold -- Collective strength is something we're very familiar with at Hublot!” says Hublot’s CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe of the six-strong collection, a powerful statement for 2022 that is only further enhanced with the addition of several updates to existing collections. The Big Bang Sang Bleu II includes a Magic Gold alongside a verdant green ceramic and Black Magic versions; a Big Bang One Click 33 collection with an assortment of interchangeable coloured straps, to give the dials in steel and king gold a different personality with one simple click.
Each year Bulgari seems to surpass itself in crafting the most exceptional expressions of time and 2022 has been no different. The Italian artisan of time is starting the New Year with a bang, reprising its fascination with impossibly tiny movements in its women’s line. The Serpenti Piccolissimo takes as its departure point an emblematic design from the 1950s and infuses it with cutting-edge mechanical mastery. If you’re into tiny, delicate things, but a kitten is too much hard work, perhaps one of the world’s smallest watch movements may pique your affections instead. This ‘secret watch’, presented in one of four high jewellery and precious metal versions, houses an in-house movement measuring just 12.3mm in diameter and weighing a feather-like 1.3 grams. Serpenti also gets an update within the Seduttori and Tubogas models, with Lucea timepeieces complementing the feminine, stylish and precious watches from Bulgari. Finally, another feat of
technical mastery is resplendent in the Octo Roma, courtesy of the stunning Octo Roma Blue Carillon Tourbillon, a masterpiece that combines the high complications of a tourbillon with a minute repeater, amongst the most difficult complications to achieve. The watch in platinum and with an openworked blue and platinum dial is complemented by an Octo Roma Grande Sonnerie in white gold with green strap, green emeralds and diamonds.