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INTRODUCING: Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold

Hublot marks the Big Bang’s 18th anniversary with the world’s first and only scratch-resistant 18K gold.

Hublot kickstarted 2023 by revisiting the Classic Fusion, debuting the refreshed collection at the LVMH Watch Week in Singapore. And it is extending this theme of going back to basics (while continuing to forge ahead on all aspects of watchmaking innovation) with its latest release of the Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold, commemorating a milestone year for the iconic Big Bang. At first blush, the watch is looking fine and fresh, reflecting the vim and vigour of the range that just turned 18. However, brand loyalists may find it a tad too familiar, and for good reason. 

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold commemorates the 18th anniversary of the collection.

To be clear, this is not the first Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold; that honour went to the 2015 OG that marked the 10th anniversary of the collection. The watch is most notable for its 45mm case and bezel fashioned in the Manufacture’s Magic Gold alloy. The noble material is protected by patents, certified as 18K by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, and developed by Hublot in Switzerland alongside the prestigious EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) after almost three years of research and development. 

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
The 18K gold alloy of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold is scratch-resistant and can maintain its beauty and shine over time.

Introduced in 2011, Magic Gold is produced in-house by the Nyon Manufacture’s high-tech foundry by fusing 24K gold with boron carbide under very high pressure with inert gas at a high temperature. Boron carbide is the second hardest material on Earth after diamond, and the result is an unalterable gold alloy with a hardness of 1,000 Vickers. For context, traditional gold has a rating of 400 Vickers and hardened steel, 600 Vickers. Therefore, the Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold is a precious metal watch that one ironically needs not feel precious about wearing as a daily beater.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold maintains signature elements, such as the “sandwich” construction and skeleton dial, but its markers, counters, and hands are updated in satin-finished and microblasted 3N gold.

The Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold would later be available with a 42mm case, but it finally returns to its roots this year with the classic 44mm Big Bang case in the proprietary 18K gold alloy, which maintains its beauty and shine over time, even with an active lifestyle. The signature elements remain intact, from the “sandwich” construction to the skeleton dial and interchangeable rubber strap with the brand’s One Click system. That said, the new model eschews its predecessors’ red accents on the indexes and chronograph seconds hand. Taking their cues from the case material, the markers, counters, and hands are instead in satin-finished and microblasted 3N gold. In contrast, the pushers, guards, and bezel with six visible screws on the bezel are in black-plated titanium.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
Visible from the open-worked dial and see-through caseback, the UNICO 2 (aka HUB 1280) is a self-winding flyback chronograph manufacture movement with several patent applications.

The Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold is equipped with the UNICO 2 manufacture movement, its full glory on display via an open-worked dial and see-through caseback. Also known as HUB 1280, the self-winding flyback chronograph boasts various improvements over the UNICO 1, including a thinner profile and better shock resistance. With several patent applications and a power reserve of 72 hours, it has a gentler and quieter winding system and a new clutch mechanism that eliminates jumps and quivers when its chronograph function is activated, making it more reliable and requiring less servicing.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold has a classic 44mm Big Bang case and is limited to 200 pieces.

Priced at S$54,800 and limited to 200 pieces, the Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold exemplifies Hublot’s unique proposition, showcasing its material innovation and technical watchmaking advancements that ultimately benefit its customers in practical ways. Bragging rights notwithstanding, we’re all behind a low-maintenance flyback chronograph in gold that can only be scratched by diamond.

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