Watches And Wonders 2022: Hublot
From purple sapphire to new ceramic shades and the Square Bang Unico.
You can always count on Hublot to push the envelope and delight fans with new materials and offerings. The past few years have seen the Swiss marque debut various shades of sapphire from yellow to orange and now, purple.
The new Big Bang Automatic Purple Sapphire is a world’s first, with a completely new hue, not just for Hublot but in the fine watchmaking world at large. The vibrant lilac is achieved using a composite of aluminium oxide and chrome, while the case and movement are seamlessly integrated with the latter on full display through the sapphire crystal.
Featuring a tourbillon at six o’clock, the dial is balanced by a micro-rotor at 12 o’clock, just as it was in the orange sapphire version from last year. The movement comes in a skeletonised and sandblasted plate, and is equipped with a 72-hour power reserve. Completing the timepiece is a transparent purple rubber strap with patented One Click strap change system. Limited to 50 pieces.
Since the much-lauded introduction of the Big Bang Integral in 2020 with titanium, King Gold and ceramic versions, Hublot has added to its ceramic family this year with four new colours—blue indigo, sky blue, sand beige and jungle green—each limited to 250 pieces.
Inspired by the landscapes of Morocco and Rajasthan, as well as the waters of the South Seas and beaches of the Carribean, the new Big Bang Integral Ceramic rides the wave of timepieces in an array of colours, joining the brigade of luxury watchmakers that are making multicoloured offerings a big part of their lineup. Powered by the refreshed Calibre HUB 1280 in a slimmer design with new architecture, the Big Bang Integral comes in a 42mm case with 72 hours power reserve
Finally, it would be hard to miss the new Square Bang Unico, a four-sided take on the Big Bang Unico. Creating a square movement for the first time, the watchmakers at Hublot upped the ante by giving the watch a water-resistance of 100m—no mean feat for a square calibre.
For added dimensionality, the Square Bang Unico comes in a sandwich dial, with sapphire crystal offering an unblocked view of the movement from the dial-side. Available in solid titanium, black ceramic or King Gold, the watches feature back rubber straps with the One Click system and a folding clasp in the same material as the case. The only limited edition of this collection is the All Black version, with 250 pieces.
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