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Hublot Celebrates the Year of the Dragon with the Titanium Dragon

It’s the Year of the Dragon so Hublot brought on board Chinese artist, Chen Fenwan, for a celebratory piece....

If there’s one thing that Hublot must be given credit for it’s their collaborations with artists. Often these are some of their best pieces aesthetically speaking (in my opinion), and the new Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Dragon actually makes the Spirit model look, dare I say, interesting.

It’s the Year of the Dragon so Hublot brought on board Chinese artist, Chen Fenwan, for a celebratory piece. To really bring the dragon to life, Fenwan used the Chinese art form of paper cutting to bring depth and character to this piece.

Chen Fenwan Titanium Dragon
Chen Fenwan | Credit: Hublot

Paper cutting appeared as an art form in China 2,000 years ago, and wouldn’t you know, 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon, so paper makes for a fitting choice. Though it shouldn’t be a surprising choice given Fenwan is famous for taking paper cutting into more contemporary directions.

Credit: Hublot

Just look at the multi-layered sandwich dial. It manages to integrate components of the dial and movement into the composition like the cogs and H-shaped screws that double up as the dragon’s eyes and mane. Fenwan gives the dial depth by using five different layers of appliques in pink, blue, and grey providing a 3D effect.

The body of the dragon is represented on the black rubber strap with colourful marquetry scales that match the colours of the dial. Each scale is coloured by hand and then nano-vulcanised onto the strap, a process that takes up to eight hours and marks a first for Hublot. If this strap doesn’t do it for you, there’s another Velcro strap with a black ceramic buckle that is more conservative.

Credit: Hublot

Elsewhere the piece is what you would expect from a Spirit of Big Bang. 42mm tonneau-shaped case crafted in titanium, 6 H-shaped screws on the bezel, rubber lateral bumpers, and a contrasting satin-brushed, polished, and sandblasted finishing that’s all 13.8mm thick.

Powering the watch is the automatic HUB1710, a movement based on the Zenith Elite calibre 670. It’s a reliable and thin automatic calibre that beats at 28,800vph and has a 50-hour power reserve.

Would you be shocked to discover that this is a limited release? Yes, only 88 pieces will be available and will set you back $45,000 AUD ($29,500 USD).  For more, visit Hublot’s website

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