by Dana Li
We’re just a few weeks into 2023 and many watch brands are starting off the year strong with a number of new releases. Last week, Bulgari, Hublot, Tag Heuer, and Zenith unveiled a number of new watches in their respective collections during LVMH Watch Week. While there were many noteworthy pieces, here’s a roundup of some of my favorites from each brand.
Bulgari: Serpenti Tubogas Infinity
My jaw nearly dropped when I saw the new Serpenti Tubogas Infinity. One of Bulgari’s most iconic watch designs, the Serpenti Tubogas is the definition of edgy meets glam. The new 35mm diamond-set watches are nothing short of stunning with a pavé dial that I can only assume catches light in a way that will easily catch anyone’s eye from miles away. The addition of diamonds on the bracelet creates a snake-like texture that only makes me love this piece more. If I had this watch, you can bet you’ll catch me wearing it with anything from a white-shirt and jeans to a full cocktail dress.
Hublot: Rainbow Big Bang (Time Only)
Rainbow watches really came to the forefront in 2022, with everyone from Patek Philippe to Timex jumping on the trend. Hublot’s latest Big Bang that was released last week during LVMH Watch Week further proves that rainbow is here to stay in 2023. Living up to its namesake, the Rainbow Big Bang has over 800 multi-colored gems (rubies, amethysts, sapphires, topazes, and tsavorites to be exact) bedazzling the case and bracelet. Even though the dial is on the busier side, its dark gray color gives the watch contrast that further brings out the gemstones and warm gold tones.
Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph 60th Anniversary
As a vintage lover, the limited edition 60th anniversary Carrera Chronograph was one of my favorite releases from Tag Heuer. The case design, silver dial, and black sub-dials pay tribute to the original ref. 2447 that was produced in the 1960s. At 39mm, this piece is slightly bigger than its predecessor (which was 36mm) but is still super wearable. The black racing strap is also a subtle nod to the Carrera Chronograph’s racing roots and gives a casual twist to a polished, dressy piece.
Zenith: Defy Skyline 36mm in Mint Green
Although Zenith dropped the new 36mm Defy Skyline in three colors, the mint green version immediately caught my eye. The soft pastel hue reminds me of warmer days in spring and makes for a perfect pop of color even during the winter months. The watch also comes with a quick change matching rubber strap that brings out the dial’s minty goodness.
Inspired by the original reference released in 1969, the new Defy Skyline features Zenith’s Elite 670 movement, the same one found in the Defy Midnight watches released back in 2020. The new 36mm Defy Skyline is also available with a diamond-set bezel for those who want a little more bling.