LVMH Watch Week Dubai All Eyes on the Octo

The Italian “Jeweler of time” started the watchmaking year ahead of Baselworld with several strong new releases. Watch Time traveled do Dubai for a first look.

– LVMH’s inaugural Watch Week took place from January 13 to 15 at the Dubai Bulgari Hotel. While the brand will still release a majority of its 2020 novelties in Basel (April 30 to May 5), the watches shown on the Persian Gulf coast are already another strong commitment of the brand to horological innovation, with the Octo Finissimo Automatic in stainless steel being one of the year’s highlights (and undoubtedly also the most requested version of the record-breaker). Here are some of the novelties that were shown.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in Sandblasted Rose Gold – The most elegant interpretation of the record-breaking watch from 2016 yet. The new Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in rose gold (Ref.103279) is the latest edition of the record-breaking Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in titanium that first debuted in 2016 and led the foundation for a new approach to mechanics and complications. The minute repeater, one of the most complex of all horological complications, now comes in sand-blasted rose gold with matching dial. The hour markers and … Continue reading...

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Grande Complication – Beyond All Time

The Grande Complication is, without doubt, a watchmaking sensation. In watchmaking, the name has been used since time immemorial for only the most complex of all wristwatches. With good reason. Beating away at the heart of the watch, at a constant, even rate, is the result of 50,000 hours of development by some of the world’s most qualified watchmakers. The creation of the first wristwatch-size, series-produced Grande Complication took no fewer than seven years. IWC’s watchmakers distilled all the know-how and experience gained in a century of manufacturing watches to make, among other things, the precise calculations and highly sophisticated mechanics required to master the complexities of the leap years. The scale of their achievement in converting and transmitting the mechanism’s movements is perhaps best illustrated by the century slide: the balance completes more than 12.5 billon oscillations before the century disc moves once. The moon phase display, too, is Haute Horlogerie for connoisseurs. It measures the time from one full moon to the next to an accuracy previously unequalled in a wristwatch: exactly 29.53050 days.
The crowning glory of the complications is the adapted minute repeater, which chimes out the time to an accuracy of one minute on command. … Continue reading...

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