Baselworld 2016: LVMH Houses unveil striking new watches



The Baselworld watch fair gives LVMH Houses a chance to showcase their latest models, symbols of their creative universes and expertise, on the cutting edge of precision and innovation. Discover the star models in the latest collections from Bulgari, Dior, Fendi, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith.

© TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer
Just six months after the release of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01, the backbone of the brand’s new collection of distinctive contemporary chronographs, TAG Heuer introduces the Carrera Heuer-02T. This automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), guaranteeing the highest level of chronometric precision.

The movement is housed in the latest generation case. Made from titanium, this case is lightweight and more shock-resistant. The design reflects TAG Heuer’s focus on accessible luxury and opens up a huge range of possibilities with an infinite combination of materials, colors, and finishes. The watch is complemented by a black alligator strap sewn onto rubber for a sporty look. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T symbolizes the Swiss watchmaker’s creativity and continued investment in technology, exemplary quality, performance and watch manufacture expertise.

© Bulgari

The Italian jeweler innovates continually, associating its mastery of precious materials with Swiss watchmaking precision. The precious new Serpenti Incantati watch highlights the iconic serpent theme, a symbolic creature long since tamed by Bulgari. In this interpretation, for the very first time the reptile coils around the watch dial. Each part of the head and the body has been entirely rethought and redesigned with extremely contemporary lines. There are four choices: a rubellite or diamond version, each expressed through two different interpretations. These beautiful contemporary tributes to historic models testify to this timeless motif’s permanent capacity for renewal.

© Hublot

Hublot once spotlights its innovation and materials expertise with a new watchmaking first: an exceptional series of 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire models cut straight from sapphire. The sapphire crystal is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond. It is extremely difficult to machine, and has until now been reserved for one-of-a-kind pieces or very private collections.

Without losing sapphire’s unique and rare character, Hublot has made it more accessible with this absolutely transparent collection that consecrates the acclaimed architecture of the Big Bang model and the performances of the brand’s Unico movement. Finishes, textures and materials fuse to create an indivisible whole. The case middle, bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire. Its skeleton dial made from transparent resin reveals all the gears of the movement and its finishes. The strap is invisible so that the skin can be seen through it, for an ethereal look.

© Zenith

For years the Manufacture has associated its name and expertise with the world of classic cars, a world that shares the same authentic values. In 2016, building on its many partnerships, Zenith will be joining thousands of classic car enthusiasts around the world at over 50 events. The El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Car embodies and pays tribute to this prestigious world, in which precision, reliability and endurance are expressed through sophisticated and elegant designs.

The mythical chronograph El Primero by Zenith is an extremely precise, high-performance emblem of cutting-edge mechanics. Dedicated to those with a love for legendary cars, the El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Car comes with a 42 mm-diameter brushed steel case, fitted with a fluted crown and two round push-pieces. Expressing strength and distinction, this chronograph has an anthracite dial punctuated by three counters in the original colors of anthracite, blue and light gray. Gentlemen drivers will appreciate the perforated chestnut brown calfskin strap.

© Christian Dior

Dior unveils a new series of eight exceptional unique pieces: the Dior Grand Soir collection. The Studio’s creative inspiration for the new Kaléidioroscope model comes from embroideries designed by Monsieur Dior. To express this rich and colorful concept, this model was developed in 36 mm. The voluminous dial is adorned with mother-of-pearl, ornamental stones, polished gold petals and precious stones. The bezel is set in diamonds, sapphires or tsavorite garnets in geometric shapes, accentuating the bewitching symmetry of the dial. The jean strap reflects Dior’s modern style. These refined timepieces feature an automatic Elite caliber from the Zenith manufacture. Through a colored pleat, the back reveals a lacquered oscillating weight in harmony with the dial.

© Fendi

Fendi Timepieces unveils Policromia, its exclusive new watch designed in partnership with the well-known jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi. The Policromia collection features twenty models of watches, each showcasing different precious elements of haute joaillerie. Brilliant cut white diamonds adorn the case and the dial, paired with refined inserts of real stones: malachite and green mother-of-pearl, or lapis lazuli and blue mother-of-pearl. A combination of colors on different surfaces, nuanced pieces, precious inserts and asymmetrical bezels made in noble materials create the watch’s daring silhouette with a unique 3D effect, underlining the importance of time, innovation and evolution of the watch’s design.