Hublot have made a big bang this year at Watches & Wonders 2021 with a watch made almost completely of sapphire. A first for the industry! But that’s not all as they’ve announced a bunch of new Big Bang timepieces too.
The Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire
Never before has a watchmaker been able to create an entire case from sapphire. Hublot managed to do that with pieces like the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire. That was impressive. Now Hublot have taken it one step further by creating the Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire, whose case and bracelet are made from sapphire. Maybe the next watch they make with feature an entire movement made from sapphire, not matter how impractical.
Every aspect of this watch is visible. This means the HUB6035 automatic movement is on full display from every angle. To achieve this, Hublot’s had to remove all of the visible screws which required an overhaul of the entire geometry of the case in order to get the bracelet to fit properly. The result gives the illusion of all the components floating in space. This 43mm watch is priced at AUD $587,000.
The Big Bang Sang Bleu II 's
In collaboration with London studio Sang Bleu, Hublot have unveiled a new trio of timepieces the Big Bang Sang Bleu II’s. The watches are now available in three new colours: white, blue, and grey.
The Sang Bleu’s are made from perfectly and evenly coloured ceramic. No easy feat. The case features sharp angles with multiple facets as if it were a cut diamond. Almost everything on the watches, including the case, bezel, and strap, have been made with their own separate geometry. The real art was making it all come together into one stunning piece.
Designer and tattoo artist, Maxime Plescia-Buchi has worked with Hublot to combine the creativity of tattoo artistry with the technical expertise of watchmaking.
Each colour has a limited run of only 200 pieces. They all share:
- A 45mm case
- Self-winding chronograph
- Rubber strap
- 3-day power reserve
- An AUD $38,000 price tag
The Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic
You wouldn’t think it but yellow is a really difficult colour to get right, especially in ceramics. Hublot have managed to do it quite well with their first yellow ceramic the Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic.
It’s nice to see a new watch come out with a bright, bold colour that isn’t green. It took four years of development to get to this point. Hublot had to find the right temperature and pressure to harden the ceramic without burning the colour. They’ve managed to do this and more by retaining the proper colour and increasing the water resistance of the ceramic. The ceramic is also harder than traditional ceramics. I’m not saying to throw the watch at a wall to test it, but you should feel a little more confident about its durability.
This watch is also a limited edition with only 250 pieces available. This 42mm watch is priced at AUD $36,600.