Dubai Watch Week special – new releases from Zenith, Bulgari, MB&F and morePietro Pilla
Dubai Watch Week is currently underway, so for this edition of Last Week in Watches, we wanted to do something a little different and double the number of releases covered. It would certainly be a shame if we only shared the usual ten new releases given the quantity of stunning novelties.
Well then, no more talk, I’ll leave you to our selection below. Enjoy!
Arsène Lippens Visionario Terracotta
- A Geneva-based trio honours their grandfather with a 1940s-inspired two-register chronograph.
- The 39.5mm steel case brings it up to modern specs, with drilled 20mm lugs to facilitate strap changes.
- Unusually, the watch is powered by an automatic La Joux-Perret L113 chronograph movement, as opposed to the more common Sellita SW500.
Bamford x seconde/seconde/ B347 BAD MOF’R
- The two cheekiest characters in the industry team up for a second uncouth collaboration.
- The BAD MOF’R follows their BAD FORM GMT, which featured a similar two-fingered salute.
- A middle finger-shaped chronograph counter lets you know exactly what this watch is about.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Performance Chronograph 41
- IWC unveils a pair of racing-oriented chronographs in collaboration with long-time motorsports partner Mercedes-AMG.
- Crafted from titanium or Ceratanium, they feature polished black ceramic tachymeter bezels.
- Recessed subdials and AMG-inspired touches further differentiate the pair from other IWC chronographs.
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Year of the Dragon
- The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Year of the Dragon is their fourth special edition celebrating the Lunar New Year.
- Its red subdials, strap, and dragon character are both powerful and subtle enough to keep the watch versatile.
- The 42mm case remains wearable with a 48.6mm lug-to-lug length.
Zenith x Time+Tide Defy Skyline Skeleton Night Surfer El Primero
- Two years after the original Zenith Night Surfer, we present its sequel – the Defy Skyline Skeleton Night Surfer El Primero, powered by the El Primero 3620 SK.
- The new model includes four firsts for the Skyline collection, such as a gradient-colour dial and a micro-blasted titanium case.
- It’s even ‘surfier’ than the original with a screw-down crown and an interchangeable strap system.
Norqain Wild One Gold & Wild One All Black
- The Swiss independent has unveiled arguably their two most desirable models yet at Dubai Watch Week 2023.
- As the name implies, the Wild One Gold features an 18ct red gold case, making it the first Norqain in precious metal.
- Similarly, the Wild One All Black features a black Norteq case and a monochromatic colour scheme.
Bulgari Divas’ Dream Peacock
- The Bulgari Divas’ Dream Peacock collection is infused with the bird’s beauty and confidence.
- Two of the references include natural peacock feathers inlaid on the dial.
- The shapes of marquetry are inspired by mosaics from Rome’s Baths of Caracalla.
Ulysse Nardin Freak One OPS
- After recently winning the GPHG Iconic Watch Prize, the Freak One returns in a more casual colourway.
- With a black DLC titanium case and a Carbonium bezel, it now reduces the bling and increases the stealthy look.
- The iconic movement/hands this time are on a khaki soleil dial, in the same tone as the integrated rubber strap.
Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser
- The Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 Laser creates a coloured spectacle without a drop of pigment.
- The iridescent optical interference effect can be found in nature, such as on butterfly wings and beetle exoskeletons.
- This is the first time that this treatment has been used in watchmaking.
Ming 37.08 Sand & 29.01 Dubai Edition
- Ming releases two new models inspired by the city of Dubai and its sand, at two very different price points.
- The ‘Sand’ model is going to be the first in a series of accessible time-only watches with deeply textured dials.
- The world timer model celebrates the brand’s first participation in any major industry event with cities written in Arabic to honour Dubai.
Artya Curvy Purity Tourbillon NanoSaphir Emerald
- Artya presents a new Curvy Nanospahir timepiece, this time in a green, transparent tonneau case.
- The crown is positioned at 12 o’clock to maintain the symmetry and its matching materials with the case.
- Its in-house movement featuring an oversized tourbillon is visible from all angles thanks to the transparent case.
Doxa SUB 300β Seddiqi Limited Edition
- Doxa partners with the founders of the Dubai Watch Week, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, to release a new addition to the Beta line.
- Using the Sub 300 as a base, the model gets a makeover with a blue mother-of-pearl dial and a blue bezel insert.
- It is a limited edition of just 50 pieces, available only through Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar & The Avener Editions
- For Dubai Watch Week, Frederique Constant has issued three new references in the continued celebration of their 35th anniversary.
- The first two are a collaboration with French DJ and brand ambassador The Avener.
- The third is a new blue and rose gold colour scheme for their Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture.
H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Small Seconds Micro-Rotor
- The futuristic look of the iconic Streamliner is made even more appealing thanks to a blue enamel dial.
- Letting the design do the talk, Moser doesn’t feature its name on the dial, as is the case with other models.
- The case size has been reduced to 39mm and slimmed down, thanks to the new in-house HMC 500 movement.
De Bethune DBD Evergreen Digitale
- The DBD Digitale combines a daring case design and a digital time display, this time with a green dial.
- The Côtes de Genève dial tells hours, minutes, days, dates, and months through little apertures.
- It’s a limited edition of 20 pieces for Dubai Watch Week, honouring the city with the colour green.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Summit & L.U.C Strike One
- Chopard’s releases for Dubai Watch Week 2023 reflect the city’s growing luxury market.
- Four new references are included in the Alpine Eagle Summit collection, all featuring gem-set gold cases.
- The L.U.C Strike One is now available as a teal-dialled limited edition in white gold.
MB&F HM11 Architect
- Is it a watch? Is it a miniature house? MB&F never stops making us wonder with its new watchmaking machine.
- Inspired by 1960s architecture, it’s shaped like a house with four different rooms and a central lobby.
- While the ‘rooms’ tell respectively hours and minutes, power reserve, & temperature, the fourth room is for the crown and the ‘lobby’ contains a tourbillon.
Hublot MP-15 Takashi Murakami Tourbillon Sapphire
- Hublot partners with cult Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami for their most daring collaboration yet.
- The case is no other than the iconic Murakami flower, composed of 12 petals and made entirely of sapphire.
- It’s a 20-piece limited edition and it’s the first time Hublot uses a central flying tourbillon in one of its limited editions.
Speake-Marin Ripples Metallic Green
- The Ripples collection gets a new addition with a Metallic Green dial in typical Speake-Marin fashion.
- Powered by the Calibre SMA03-T 2023 automatic movement, it features 52 hours of power reserve.
- This particular colourway pays homage to the City of Dubai and it’s limited to 60 pieces.
Casio G-Shock 5600 by Online Ceramics for Hodinkee
- As part of their ongoing series of watch collaborations curated by John Mayer, Hodinkee has teamed up with cult LA fashion brand Online Ceramics on a limited-edition G-Shock.
- It features an earthy green colour scheme with text and motifs typical of Online Ceramics’ deliberately kitsch aesthetic.
- Activating the backlight reveals a special motivational design on the screen.