Hublot's Big Bang collection has been its iconic range since it was first launched in 2005. Since, then this collection has seen many iterations and collaborations, including the geometric Sang Bleu line created in association with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi and the psychedelic DJ Snake piece made with the music artist. The latest to join this list is a new watch Hublot has made with its brand ambassador since 2020, the designer and artist Samuel Ross â the bold, striking orange Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross (Ref 428.NX.0100.RX.SRA22) is a 44mm, limited-to 50 pieces titanium timepiece.
Ross's association with Hublot dates back to 2019 when he was awarded the Hublot Design Prize, and a year later was made the brand's ambassador; to commemorate the occasion he created REFORM, a sculpture designed to encapsulate 40 years of Hublot. The art combined granite and steel to create a fusion between old-school art and modern aesthetics, involving both traditional hand-finishing and cutting-edge machining.
Ross's first watch with Hublot is inspired by this sculpture, and âthe art of fusionâ a philosophy deeply ingrained in the brand. Using his signature colours and design the skeleton watch employs a honeycomb mesh on the case, caseback, and strap extensively. Orange colour has been used for the rubber strap, and features as accents on the crown, tourbillon bridge, and the lateral bumpers that protect the case with the grey satin finish case and bezel. The overall design of the case is more angular with sharper edges, a departure from usual Big Bang case design. There are six visible screws on the bezel, and turning the watch over reveals the honeycomb mesh skeleton caseback with six visible screws. An engraving of 'Limited Edition' with the number of individual watch out of 50 can be read be read on the caseback. The titanium case gives this watch a water resistance of 30 metres.
Powering the watch is the Calibre HUB6035 movement, with 72 hours of power reserve. Hublot has used this movement on its Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Purple Sapphire, Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Carbon, Black Magic watches, and the Integral Tourbillon Rainbow. The tourbillon movement features at 6 o'clock, with a micro rotor at 12 o'clock. The Samuel Ross Big Bang Tourbillon is completed on a smooth orange rubber strap with a titanium deployed buckle system.
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