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Jean Christophe Babin - Group CEO of Bulgari

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Jean-Christophe Babin – Group CEO of Bulgari.

Interview With Jean Christophe Babin – Group CEO of Bulgari

 Mr. Babin took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Babin walks us through this year’s stunning new novelties from Bulgari in 2020. From the brand new “Ocoto Finissimo” to the iconic “Diva Dream Watch” and also the magnificent ladies timepiece the new “Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillion.”

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

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Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani - Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani – Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

Interview With Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani – Watches Design Center Senior Director At Bulgari Horlogerie

 Mr. Buonamassa Stigliani took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Buonamassa Stigliani talks to us about the incredible research and development and design that went into creating this year’s magnificent new ladies art piece, the brand new “Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon”.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

Produced by Alberic Virchaux

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Ricardo Guadalupe - CEO of Hublot

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Ricardo Guadalupe – CEO of Hublot

Interview with Ricardo Guadalupe – CEO of Hublot

 Mr. Guadalupe took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Guadalupe gives us some insight’s into the Hublot’s brand new 2020 novelties such as the stunning “Big Bang Integral” with its original bracelet in black ceramic, King Gold and titanium.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

Produced by Alberic Virchaux

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Julien Tornare - CEO Zenith Watches This video is private Edit Review tools Send file Share

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Julien Tornare – CEO Zenith Watches

Interview with Julien Tornare – CEO Zenith Watches

 Mr. Tornare took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr Tornare gives us some insight’s into the Zenith Watches brand new 2020 novelties such as the new “DEFY Classic Midnight” ladies timepiece, “Defy 21 Land Rover Edition” and the stunning “Defy 21 Carl Cox”.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

Produced by Alberic Virchaux

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Stephen Bianchi

We Love Swiss Watches

As you’ve probably noticed by now, WATCHESPEDIA is genuinely all about watches. We are passionate about Swiss luxury timepieces.

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai

Our next adventure brings us to one of the jewels of the middle east, the Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in Dubai. Our team was invited to the very first event of its kind, the “LVMH Watch Week” here in Dubai. We were able to get a closer look at what brands like HublotTag HeuerZenith and Bulgari are up to. But more importantly, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity of conducting an exclusive interview with Stephane Bianchi, the CEO of the LVMH Watch Division and TAG Heuer.

Interview with Stephane Bianchi – CEO of the LVMH Watch Division and TAG Heuer.

 Mr. Bianchi took the time out of his busy schedule to grant us an exclusive interview with him here in Dubai during the glamorous “LVMH Watch Week.”

In this interview, Mr. Bianchi gave us an insight into how the “LVMH Watch Week” came to see the light of day, what we can expect to see in 2020, and  introduced us to the much anticipated Connected watch from TAG Heuer as well as their critical partnership with Porsche Formula E Racing Team.

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Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

Produced by Alberic Virchaux

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Big Bang One Click 39mm Bracelet

Switch up the Style of Your Big Bang in Just One Click!

Because a single timepiece will never suffice for the many lives you lead, and because beauty lies in the detail, these shearling One Click cuffs will switch your Big Bang to adventure, pioneering or urban mode in a single click.

Four removable shearling Cuddly Cuffs in brown, camel, blue or black can be fitted on the leather and rubber straps of 39 mm cases. A disruptive vision of Haute Horlogerie that has characterised Hublot‘s approach since it was founded: the bold marriage of materials based on innovation, technology and precision.

Big Bang One Click 39mm Bracelet

Hublot’s patented One Click system allows the strap on iconic Big Bang models with a 39 mm case to be changed in a single click. This ingenious, patented attachment system transforms calibres designed to stand the test of time into must-have accessories to complement any look.

Zenith El Primero - A384 Revival

El Primero A384 Revival

There are not many movements that can claim the kind of pedigree enjoyed by Zenith‘s El Primero, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. For the first model to be equipped with the groundbreaking movement in 1969, the Zenith A384, the brand worked on a new and daring case design.

For the bracelet, they sought the expertise of the famed Gay Frères specialist company to create an original and exclusive bracelet that would match the watch’s avant-garde design. The result was the so-called “ladder” bracelet, which featured an unusual open design that boasted superior comfort and a dressier look compared to other sporty steel bracelets of the time.

Zenith El Primero - A384 Revival

Now, the coveted Ladder bracelet makes its grand return in the El Primero A384 Revival, completing the retro look and feel of the revived chronograph icon.

hublot classic fusion watch

Hublot proudly presents the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal. A watch whose dial boasts the rarest form of gold on Earth: gold crystal.

“Every one of our Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watches is unique, truly one of a kind. A fusion of matter and design that is made possible through our mastery of the complex production process. We have been able to reproduce gold in its rarest form on earth: gold crystal. From the dawn of time to the dial of our watches, thanks to our wonderful Swiss environment, gold will always fascinate us. Here we can see it in its most beautiful and magical expression.”

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

Unique, delicate and flamboyant, the dial of the Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal is decorated with gold crystal made from flakes of gold. Like a precious work of art, which needs to be framed, the dial is fitted into the black ceramic case of a Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watch, available in 38 mm or 45 mm diameters. It houses the HUB1112 calibre, a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. A black alligator strap stitched onto rubber allows you to wear this rare object on your wrist.

Classic Fusion Gold Crystal

Gold Crystal, the Rarest Form of Gold on Earth

Gold has always intrigued mankind. To understand this love of the yellow metal, you need to dig deep, deep in the history of time and our planet. Gold has been part of the Universe since shortly after its birth with the Big Bang. This means that all of the atoms on the Earth have been here since it was formed, some 4.6 billion years ago. A long time after, nearly 50 million years ago, auriferous veins appeared following the formation of mountain chains. Under the surface of the Earth, water wended its way, carrying with it mineral salts and metals that were deposited in conducive spots. These metals included gold. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, glaciers eroded the igneous rock that held these gold-bearing veins. Carried away by the water in rivers, the gold was then deposited on river-beds.

When it is collected, the gold is in the form of flakes. The conditions required to form a crystal are very rare, and gold crystals scarcely occur in nature. This is where Hublot’s engineers come into play by giving gold its most exclusive form: gold crystal.

hublot classic fusion Gold

The Research and Development Department at the Hublot manufacture heats gold in the purest form possible—24 carats—to melting point, which creates emanations of gold that we could compare to steam carrying atoms of gold. These particles rise through this emanation, then set in a crystalline form when they reach the cold surface. They agglomerate there as crystals with completely random shapes that are never the same twice.

The master dial maker then delicately picks up the crystals to lay them on the dial, cluster by cluster. Only 20% of these crystals are kept. Once they have been sorted, they are very delicately placed by hand on a black dial then imprisoned in a fine transparent lacquer that took years to develop. This is a complex operation as it must be carried out in a vacuum to avoid any air bubbles appearing. The process is repeated again and again as twenty different layers of lacquer must be applied to completely hold the crystals. Then this plate just needs to be polished to make the lacquer invisible and give a perfectly flat surface.

zenith pilot 20

On the subject of icons, Zenith’s line of Pilot watches – specifically the Type 20 collection – is an airborne legend in its own right. Based on the earliest Zenith dashboard instruments that accompanied pioneers like Louis Blériot during the dawn of aviation, the Pilot Type 20 revisits the archetypical Pilot’s Watch design, with a strong vintage accent. Yet until now, the collection has been heavily influenced by the aesthetic of such historical instruments, using a combination of aged case materials and textured colored dials to emulate an early 20th century look.

Today, Zenith has revisited its iconic Pilot’s Watch to offer the utility of a modern instrument with all the analog charm of the past.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue

The Pilot Type 20 Rescue and Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue are offered in a stainless steel case with a slate-grey sunray dial, with the signature oversized Arabic numerals entirely made out of Super-LumiNova®. From the tarmac to the cockpit, yellow is a recurring color in the world of aircrafts that grabs the attention for vital controls and information. Securing this rugged model firmly to the wrist is an aged black calfskin leather strap recalling the classic shearling leather flight jacket, with rivets and a titanium pin buckle as well as a distinctive tab recalling those seen on vintage pilot helmets.

hublot spirit of big bang sapphire rainbow

Hublot Captures the Ephemeral Rainbow

A celestial or divine manifestation that called for reverence or hope depending on the civilisation, this bridge between the earth and the sky was deconstructed by Isaac Newton in his theory on light and colours. These days, however, the rainbow remains a symbol of peace, joy and optimism.

Like a modern alchemist, the master of the Art of Fusion, Hublot has rendered this fleeting optical phenomenon immutable by designing the Spirit of Hublot Big Bang Rainbow, two 39-mm and 42-mm timepieces, thus enshrouding the beginning of 2020 with good omens. Like a rainbow of gemstones, they make this colour spectrum sparkle, prolonging its hitherto ephemeral appearance.

Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow

After the Big Bang, it’s now the Spirit of Big Bang’s turn to take on the colours of the Rainbow! The soft shade of the cases in King Gold takes on the colours of the rainbow with a shimmering paving of round and baguette-cut gemstones. On the 42-mm Spirit of Hublot Big Bang Rainbow, the hour hand clasps the chronograph skeleton movement like the claws of a precious setting, while sapphires, rubies, topazes, tsavorites and amethysts entirely cover the dial of the 39-mm model with sparkling reflections.

The seven famous colours indefinitely extend their power by also covering the alligator straps. These two newcomers reignite the success of the Spirit of Big Bang collection whose design is directly inspired by the Big Bang with a barrel shape. This is a unique case construction that enables an infinite number of combinations of materials and colours and encloses the Hublot HUB4700 movement, considered by connoisseurs as one of the best Swiss chronographs ever made.

Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow
Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic

Fusion in the Colour of Passion

Drawing the gaze with its striking bright red case in high-tech ceramic, entirely developed and produced by Hublot… This model reinvents horological performance, with a manufacture movement offering an unparalleled power reserve of 14 days via seven barrels which are visible from the dial side. Available in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the new Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic embodies the full splendour of Hublot’s Art of Fusion.

Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic watch

In 2018, Hublot revolutionised the world of watch design and technology with the creation of a brand new material: the first ever brightly coloured high-tech ceramic. This world exclusive, entirely developed and produced in-house at the manufacture’s R&D department and its Metallurgy and Materials laboratory, was protected by three patents covering both the material itself and its machining processes for case components. The secret was finding the right balance between temperature and pressure so as to keep the red pigments intact. Up to this point, only black and white ceramics had been used in watchmaking. The manufacture gained a significant lead in materials research, opening up new avenues in terms of both aesthetics and performance.

Hublot is adorning the Big Bang MP-11 with its exclusive red ceramic symbolising passion, power, endeavour and glory. Fully polished, this original case and bezel material offers a distinctive contrast with the iconic H-shaped screws of the Big Bang in black titanium, and with the crown and the strap in black rubber – another of the manufacture’s signatures. The result: a bold, striking and innovative design in the true spirit of Hublot.

Hublot MP11 watches

A Unique Movement

Effortlessly embodying the Art of Fusion, this state-of-the-art red ceramic is paired with a Hublot manufacture movement offering unrivalled performance and design. Featuring an innovative and spectacular construction which can be admired through the transparent dial, the Hublot calibre HUB9011 manual-winding skeletonised movement offers an exceptional power reserve of two weeks via seven series-coupled barrels.

To enable energy to be transmitted between the horizontal barrel arbor and the vertical gears controlling the hour and minute display, the designers made use of a system rarely employed in watchmaking: a 90-degree helical worm gear. To create an aesthetic balance with this helical gear, which is visible at 10 o’clock, the balance, made from anthracite ruthenium, was moved to the dial side in a symmetrical position at 2 o’clock.

This movement, comprising 270 components, is also notable for its patented index-assembly system, its silicon escapement and its black platinum bridges. The Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is wound manually using the large fluted crown with worm screw type relief that echoes the helical gear, or an electric Torx stylus inspired by the world of motor racing.

Zenith Defy Land Rover watch

New Creation for LVMH Watch Week – Dubai 2020: The DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition

When two partners who are pioneers in their respective fields come together, the results can be unexpected and exciting. Coinciding with the release of the next-generation Land Rover Defender, a total redesign of the emblematic, all-terrain vehicle with its most significant evolution to date, Zenith and the famed British carmaker are reinforcing their partnership with their most original collaborative watch to date: the DEFY 21 Land Rover Edition.

Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover

This edition is a rugged and stealthy reinterpretation of the 21st century El Primero high-frequency chronograph, embodying the resilient spirit of the new Land Rover Defender that combines the ultimate in ruggedness and comfort. A limited edition of 250 pieces, it represents a complete makeover of the 1/100th of a second chronograph with a raw and minimalistic look. Crafted in microblasted titanium, the case absorbs light from all angles to better accentuate its faceted surfaces.

Paired with a matching closed grey dial, the redesigned display features for the first time in a DEFY 21 a linear power reserve window, with the slightest touches of color for legibility.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer, said: “For the next chapter in our partnership with Zenith we wanted a timepiece that captured the essence of the new Land Rover Defender: modern, durable and highly desirable. With subtle details that capture the character of the new Defender, this for me is the best timepiece we have created with Zenith”.