For LVMH Watch Week 2022, Hublot seems to be counting on its winning designs and collaborations to deliver for it again. And with that in mind, Hublot has expanded the Sang Bleu line and developed the Big Bang series across the One Click and Integral sub lines.
Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II
Hublot’s collaboration with the London-based tattoo studio Sang Bleu, and its founder Maxime Plescia-Buchi, began in the year 2016, when the Swiss watchmaker extended the artist’s aesthetic of geometric patterns to the flagship Big Bang series, creating, amongst other designs, pieces in ceramic that boasted faceted cases and stark lines. This year, that collaboration extends further, with the Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II, featuring three limited-edition models, crafted in scratch-resistant Magic Gold and ceramic, which also highlight Hublot’s Art of Fusion philosophy.
The new iterations are the Big Bang Unico Bleu II Magic Gold, Big Bang Unico Bleu II Black Magic in ceramic, and Big Bang Unico Bleu II Green Ceramic. The 45mm watches feature Plescia-Buchi’s work - superimposed hexagons, rhombuses, and triangles -- across the dial, case, hexagonal bezel, sapphire crystal, hands, and strap. Under the triangular hands lives the skeleton dial, the self-winding HUB1240 chronograph movement, also visible through the transparent caseback. The power reserve is 75 hours.
As with Hublot’s Art of Fusion, the materials make up the other important aspect of the pieces. Magic Gold is Hublot’s proprietary material, a highly-scratch resistant 18K gold alloy that boasts a hardness of almost 1000 Vickers. Hublot’s ceramic too takes things up several notches, boasting a hardness of 1500 Vickers. These materials have been used to create the new, extremely hardy pieces (they are equally difficult to machine), which feature polished, satin-finished, bevelled, and faceted cases, bezels, and straps.
The watches are all flanked by rubber straps, and have a water resistance of 100 meters. The Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Magic Gold is a limited edition of 100 pieces, priced at Rs 32,55,000 (approx.); Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II Black Magic is a limited edition of 250 pieces, priced at Rs 22,00,000 (approx.), and Big Bang Sang Unico Bleu II Green Ceramic is a limited edition of 200 pieces, priced at Rs 22,00,000 (approx.).
Big Bang One Click 33mm, 39mm, 42mm
Hublot’s trademark One Click System has allowed wearers to change the look and feel of their watches at, well, a click of a button, and the watchmaker is capitalising on the technology in the new diamond-studded Big Bang watches in steel and King Gold, in white and black. Yup, that in itself is a while lots of permutations and combinations, but the range of iterations get truly expanded when you open up the option of changing the straps.
The Big Bang One Click 33mms, 39mms, and 42mm, in both steel and King Gold, and partially or fully set with diamonds, can be paired with 12 different strap options in rubber lined grained calf leather. Those who like their watches fully bejewelled have the option of designs in which the case, bezel, and dials are fully paved (in these, a mix of indexes and Arabic numbers make up the hour markers). With a date window at 3 o’clock, the watch is powered by the HUB1120 automatic movement, featuring a power reserve of 40 hours. The watches have a water resistance of 100 metres.
The watches are priced Rs 11,00,000 (approx) onwards, going up to, Rs 34,00,000 (approx.).
Big Bang Integral Time Only
For 2022, Big Bang Integral gets sized down to a smaller, slimmer profile of 40mm diameter, and a thickness of 9.25mm, in three new iterations in different materials - yellow gold, titanium, and ‘All Black’ ceramic – that extend to the integrated bracelet. The iterations, even though sporting a skeletal dial, are time only, with the indexes set under numbered five-minute markers, with the date window at 7 o’clock.
The standout feature of the Big Bang Integral was largely the three-link integrated bracelet, in which each link is individually polished and satin-finished, chamfered and bevelled, providing either a matte or glossy finish. All watches feature sapphire crystals on the front and back, and inside beats the MHUB1710 self-winding movement, with a power reserve of 50 hours. The watches are water-resistant to 100 metres.
The Big Bang Integral Time Only ‘All Black’ ceramic is a limited edition of 250 pieces, and is priced at Rs 15, 42,000 (approx.). The Big Bang Integral Time Only Yellow Gold is priced at Rs 39,00,000 (approx.), and the Titanium is priced at Rs 13,80,000 (approx.).
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