The best pieces at this month’s biggest watch event
There is something interesting about the watch fair that coincides with fashion month. The parade of fashion weeks always puts pressure on: where are the trends? Which piece should I make dog ears for later? How has this affected the way I dress—and shop—in just a few short months? On the other hand, new watches come with a much lighter burden, as was the case at LVMH Watch Week, the fashion group’s fair for new watches. Trends change rapidly in the watch world and are not for everyone at once: there is something comforting about knowing that I will never own a neon yellow Hublot made of the material. translucent similar to sapphire called Saxem.
That way, I love the new watch release season, which comes only a few times a year. It’s easy to gobble up all the new things at once and then spend the rest of the year digesting. The year 2023 has given us a lot to look at, but here are a few more: my favorite piece that I saw at the event.
Zenith’s defiant revival
I don’t know what they put into coffee at the watchmakers in 1969, but it was an important year for the industry. NASA sent a man (and Omega Speedmaster) to the moon, while Zenith introduced the world’s first automatic chronograph. The Zenith watchmakers were especially busy that year: they also released the Defy model, faithfully restored after 54 years. The new version of the Defy pushes all the right classic buttons: the wonderfully stacked “pyramid” hour markers and the bracelet unlike anything else with the small holes between the links. In my opinion, the bracelet may be the feature of the star. Its design, known as the “ladder”, was created by legendary bracelet manufacturer Gay Frères, which housed the leading players of the Swiss watch industry before Rolex acquired it in 2005. 1998. Thankfully, Zenith has kept the exclusive rights to this design and is bringing it back as part of the new old Defy. And then, after all those nice vintage touches, the watch will wow you with that striking ruby red dial. Probably my favorite piece from the whole fair.