On the heels of the newly announced Big Bang Integral, Hublot’s first Big Bang timepiece with an integrated bracelet and arguably their highlight for this LVMH Watch Week, let’s take a look at the other releases that the brand has brought to the sunny dunes of Dubai.
Big Bang Sang Bleu II Blue
Hublot’s partnership with famous tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi is still going strong. After introducing the Big Bang Sang Bleu in 2017, the brand released their second collaboration, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II, last year. For this LVMH Watch Week Dubai 2020, the timepiece is presented in four new limited editions, all of them in blue, the same colour of ink used at Maxime’s tattoo studio.
Just like in his tattoo designs, the Big Bang Sang Bleu II retains Maxime’s signature geometry work which is visible on the 45mm case, dial and hands. These new limited editions are available either in titanium or King Gold, with or without stone setting.
The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 is quite impressive in itself already with its 14-day power reserve via seven barrels which are visible from the dial side. In the past we have seen the Big Bang MP-11 adorned in various case materials such as sapphire, carbon, King Gold or even the incredible green SAXEM. Now the watch comes to us in this exclusive bright red high-tech ceramic case as a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Up until this point, only black or white ceramic has been used in the watchmaking industry. Hublot has invested heavily in their R&D department to be able to develop and produce in-house bright coloured ceramic. To achieve this striking red colour, Hublot had to find the right balance between temperature and pressure so as to keep the red pigments intact.
Fully polished, the case and bezel material offer a distinctive contrast with the screws of the Big Bang in black titanium. To complete the look are the crown and strap in black rubber.
Classic Fusion Gold Crystal
Launched a decade ago, the Hublot Classic Fusion is one of the most recognisable Hublot timepieces. To make it stand out this year, Hublot has come out with a Classic Fusion in black ceramic with a dial boasting the rarest form of gold on Earth: gold crystal.
Now let’s begin by saying that finding gold crystals in nature is extremely rare. So instead of scouring the Earth in search for this specific form of gold, Hublot took it upon itself to create it inside their Research and Development Department. The creation process takes 24K gold that is heated to melting point which creates emanations of gold. Particles rise through these emanations and then set in a crystalline form when they reach the surface. There, they agglomerate as crystals where they take a unique shape.
The master dial maker will then meticulously select the gold crystals and lay them on the dial. With only 20% of these crystals kept, this timepiece almost feels like a piece of art and each watch will end up being unique in its own way. Available in 38mm or 45mm, the watch houses the HUB1112 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow & Meca-10
There is no denying the popularity of rainbow watches and after applying this combination to the Big Bang, Hublot now brings this rainbow of gemstones to the Spirit of Big Bang collection.
Two versions are available, a 39mm time and date model and a 42mm chronograph, with a combination of sapphires, rubies, topazes, tsavorites, and amethysts creating the shimmering reflections of the seven colours of the rainbow. The overarching colour scheme even goes all the way to the alligator straps.
On the other hand, the Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 offers a more subdued colour combination with three versions either in titanium, black ceramic or King Gold.
For the Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 the brief was as such: marry the round factory Meca-10 calibre from the Big Bang collection with the design of the Spirit of Big Bang watches. It’s interesting to note that the Spirit of Big Bang collection is one that is growing rapidly for Hublot, to the point where the brand is starting to bring notable movements from their round Big Bang watches to the tonneau shape of the Spirit of Big Bang.
Hublot’s engineers were tasked with reworking the movement which resulted in the new HUB1233 calibre. This retains the visual aspect of the manual-wind Meca-10 with the 10-day power reserve, the two racks sliding on a line between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock and the number of days left on the power reserve at 3 o’clock. The dial also retains a lot of depth due to the skeletonisation of the movement. All in all, inserting the Meca-10 calibre into the Spirit of Big Bang adds technicality to the collection and if this is the first sign of what Hublot has in store for the Spirit of Big Bang, this should be an interesting few years.