The masters of complex watchmaking at Hublot are once again pushing the pinnacle of extravagance through high tech manufacture.
The focus of the Swiss watchmaker’s complications continue to dazzle with sensational complications crafted from the most innovative materials. All of this is to continue the drive for Hublot’s passion in connecting tradition to the future.
Here’s a break down of the three exquisite pieces that made their debut at Baselworld 2016.
Big Bang Unico Italia Independent
If the Italia Independent name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the company owned by stylish businessman, Lapo Elkann. For Hublot’s latest Big Bang Unico model, the Swiss watchmaker has teamed up with Elkann to produce a radical timepiece constructed of Texalium. In civilian terms, it’s a high performance fibreglass twill weave coated in 99.99% pure aluminum that is 200 Angstroms thick.
The result is a watch which is both as strong and as light as carbon fibre whilst coming in an endless array of metallic colours. Moving to the specs, we have a 45mm case paired with an interchangeable strap made form denim fabric with grey or black studs.
The movement inside is Hublot’s UNICO manufacture movement, an entirely in-house mechanism which includes an automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side. The skeleton dial comes in varnish in matt black (grey) or anthracite grey (blue). The indexes are finished in either black or blue with correlating black or blue Super Luminova.
The Big Bang Unico Italia Independent (REF 411.YT.1110.NR.ITI15 and REF 411.YL.5190.NR.ITI15) pieces come in limited releases for each colour. The blue, green and black versions are limited to 500, 250 and 250 pieces respectively.
Big Bang Mecha 10
Plates, axes, wheels, gears and everything in betweem, the Mecha 10 is all about letting one’s imagination run free. Traditional design still runs true in the Mecha 10 and this is portrayed through its 45mm case set in either a micro-blasted titanium or an all black ceramic concept which sees the bezel made from ceramic and an alternating texture between micro-blasted and polished effects.
Both the titanium (REF 414.NI.1123.RX) and ceramic black (REF 414.CI.1110.RX) versions house Hublot’s HUB1201 manual-winding Skeleton Power Reserve Movement with a power reserve of 10 days. The Big Bang Mecha 10 titanium will retail for AU$25,000 whilst the 500 piece limited ceramic black version will retail for AU$28,000.
Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black
The concept of merging invisibility and visibility may sound pointless but to Hublot this is just another piece of the puzzle towards an engineering marvel.
As the hero piece to Hublot’s Baselworld 2016, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is limited to only 500 pieces. The reason for this is due to the case production which sees the first time where Sapphire blocks are cut to produce a watch case on such a large scale. The result of this effort is a case coated with metal which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond. A pure statement piece which looks like nothing you’ll ever find in the horology world.
A black transparent skeleton dial is made from resin and proudly shows off the internal Unico HUB1242 movement in all of its glory. Truly a fine balancing act between being seen and being invisible.