Watch Of The Day: Hublot Big Bang Unico SapphireWritten by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire.
With “The Art of Fusion” as its tagline, one can always expect Hublot to be at the forefront of material innovation. While a lesser watchmaker would’ve been content in perfecting a timepiece with a full-sapphire case like it did last year, the Swiss marque continues to push the envelope by unleashing versions in red or blue coloured sapphire – the results of a highly technical process of fusing metals with sapphire crystal at between 2,000 to 2,050 degrees Celsius. Limited to 250 pieces each, both are powered by an in-house automatic movement.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.