Earlier this month, between 10 to 12 January, watch brands under the LVMH Group presented their latest novelties for 2023 at the inaugural Singapore edition of the LVMH Watch Week. Read on as we share highlights from Zenith, TAG Heuer and Bulgari.
Zenith DEFY Skyline 36mm
Following the massive success of the DEFY Skyline collection that Zenith launched last year, the latest model, the DEFY Skyline 36mm, aims to please men and women with slimmer wrists or who prefer more petite watches. Zenith has been actively engaging in this genderless approach to presenting timepieces since early 2022, when it officially removed all gender-based search functions on its official website.
This new 36mm model is presented in steel cases and bracelets in both diamond and non-diamond models. They also come with interchangeable rubber straps, allowing one to change the look of their watches instantly.
Besides the deep metallic blue coloured dial that was presented on the 41mm DEFY Skyline models launched last year, the new and smaller models come with pastel green and pale pink dials as well, while the signature angular lines and sporty silhouette of the DEFY collection add to the unisex appeal of the watch.
Look closely at the watch, and you’ll notice the amount of thought put into design details. Like those of its larger ‘siblings’ from the DEFY Skyline 41mm series, the dial has been engraved all over with star motifs to reflect Zenith’s brand logo, and the small date window at 3 o’clock position is in the same colour as the dial.
Zenith DEFY Skyline Skeleton
Mention skeleton watches, and many recall classical-looking timepieces with fine, filigree-like lines across the dial. Zenith’s latest DEFY Skyline Skeleton, though, is inspired by urban architecture and looks thoroughly modern. This replaces the DEFY Classic Skeleton, which has ceased production.
Design-wise, the skeletonised dial on the Skyline Skeleton appears cleaner than the Classic Skeleton. Clearly visible are bridges in the form of a four-pointed star motif that pays homage to Zenith’s “double-Z” logo from the 1960s. Unlike many skeleton watches on the market, the Skyline Skeleton’s hour markers, hour and minute hands are applied with Super-LumiNova. This very practical feature dramatically enhances the watch’s legibility under dim lighting.
Clearly visible beneath the open dial is the 3260 SK (skeletonised) El Primero high-frequency automatic movement. A 1/10th of a second counter that completes one revolution every 10 seconds is placed at the 6 o’clock position and is a technical marvel to behold. Another feature that comes across as rather unusual among skeleton watches, is the robustness of the Skyline Skeleton. It offers an impressive water resistance of 10ATM, making it suitable for a much wider range of activities compared to some other timepieces in the same category.
Available in steel with a black or blue-toned openworked dial, in addition to an interchangeable rubber strap in a colour that matches the dial colour.