LVMH Watch Week 2023: A bright new colour, play with materials and Hublot’s Art of Fusion

Several new additions of exclusive Hublot watches join the Big Bang and Classic Fusion lines.

At LVMH Watch Week 2023, Hublot presented a bevy of new watches, albeit focusing primarily on the Big Bang and Classic Fusion lines. Let’s dive right in and take a closer look at the new special edition Hublot watches.

Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM (Ref. 429.JY.0120.RT)

Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM (Ref. 429.JY.0120.RT)

Hublot was never one to shy away from colours, and if you needed proof, look no further than the new Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM, which has an intense fluorescent acid-yellow or bright neon yellow shade. SAXEM is an acronym for Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral, and is an alloy of aluminium oxide, the basic component of sapphire, also comprising rare earth elements like thulium, holmium, and chromium.  Developed in the field of satellite technology, it offers transparency and excellent resistance. Not surprisingly, Hublot, with its Art of Fusion motto, opted for the material in a new watch.

This is not the first time Hublot has employed SAXEM in a watch. In 2019, it was used to create the emerald green of the Big Bang MP-11. In wanting to come up with a new colour for the Hublot Big Bang collection, Hublot developed the neon shade - it was three years in the making. Using it, the brand has created a translucent case and colour that seems to glow from within, and to leverage the look and feel of the material a skeletonised dial was created, with even the bridges in sapphire so as to display the mechanics as much as possible. 

The 44mm polished and micro-blasted SAXEM case incorporates HUB6035 Manufacture automatic tourbillon movement using a micro-rotor so as to not conceal the back of the movement. Over the bezel lie 6 signature H-shaped screws in polished and micro-blasted titanium. The watch offers a power reserve of up to 72 hours. The highlight of the watch, the tourbillon, lies at 6 o’clock and appears suspended mid-air, making the watch a piece of Haute Horlogerie. A lined transparent neon yellow rubber strap concludes the watch with a titanium deployment buckle, albeit the One-Click system allows for easy change of the straps. The watch is a limited edition of 50 pieces.

Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 456.OX.0180.OX.3999) and Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX.3999)

Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 456.OX.0180.OX.3999), Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow (Ref. 451.OX.1180.OX.3999)

Calling them bejewelled, “non-identical twin watches”, these Rainbow Editions take after the 2022 release by the brand. Crafted with polished and satin-finished 18K King Gold alloy (with platinum) and adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones right from the black dial to the bracelet in gradation forming a rainbow-like hue, these Hublot watches feature stones like amethyst, ruby, blue topaz, tsavorite and sapphires (pink, orange, yellow and blue) totalling up to 174 gemstones for the Big Bang Integrated and 176 for the Time Only version. There are 768 gemstones dazzling over the Big Bang Integrated bracelet and 748 over the latter’s bracelet.

The Time Only has a 40mm case which incorporates MHUB1710 self-winding movement with a power reserve of about 50 hours. The watch also offers water resistance to up to 109 atm. The Big Bang Integrated features a 42mm case with Unico Manufacture, self-winding chronograph flyback movement and a power reserve of about 72 hours. The watch offers water resistance up to 100 metres.

Big Bang Unico SORAI (Ref. 421.FX.8099.NR.SOA23)

Big Bang Unico SORAI (Ref. 421.FX.8099.NR.SOA23)

Hublot’s work to save rhinos from poachers through SORAI (Save Our Rhinos Africa India), an organisation founded by former cricketer Kevin Peitersen, continues with the production of the new timepiece, the Big Bang Unico SORAI. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the watches will be donated to the organisation. 

The 2023 Big Bang Unico SORAI features a 42mm case made with micro-blasted and polished rhino-grey ceramic with a matte grey skeleton dial featuring a rhinoceros applique at 9 o’clock. The watch is inspired by shades of sunset - yellow, orange, purple and pink - when rhinos face heightened danger. The caseback is capped with a sapphire crystal with SORAI’s logo. The watch has UNICO 2 Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement and offers 72 hours of power reserve and water resistance for up to 100 metres.

The timepiece comes with a grey fabric strap with an additional black camouflage rubber strap with colours of sunset(black, orange and purple). This limited-edition watch will be produced in 100 pieces.

Hublot Classic Fusion Original 

Hublot Classic Fusion Original in 33mm, 38mm and 42mm yellow gold, black ceramic and titanium versions

Moving further, a significant timepiece of 1980 created by Hublot founder Carlo Crocco, makes a comeback in Hublot’s Classic Fusion Original. Originally a lacquered black dial with yellow gold facetted hands in a classic 36mm yellow gold case, the Maison is bringing this original design back, albeit with updates. The new version has an upgrade with polished and satin-finished 18K yellow gold, black ceramic and titanium cases in diameters 42mm, 38mm and 33mm each with polished black dials. The six signature screws shine over the bezel and the mechanical parts are revealed through a sapphire caseback. The 42 and 38mm versions have MHUB1110 self-winding movement with approximately 42 hours of power reserve while the 33mm version has quartz movement with 3-5 years of power reserve. The timepieces are worn with black smooth rubber straps. 

Not limited to these watches, the Maison also released Big Bang One Click Sapphire Diamonds 39mm, Classic Fusion Gold Crystal and the Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve in the first watch event of the year. 

Big Bang Unico (Ref. 441.NY.3192.LR.CBR22) and Big Bang One Click (Ref. 465.SY.3420.LR.CBR22)

Hublot LVMH Watch Week 2023 release includes collaborative pieces with Cheval Blanc Randheli, a luxury hotel in the Maldives) and crafted two special edition timepieces - Big Bang Unico (Ref. 441.NY.3192.LR.CBR22) and Big Bang One Click (Ref. 465.SY.3420.LR.CBR22). Both of these editions are produced in 25 pieces each and will be exclusively available for purchase at the Cheval Blanc Randheli Concept Store.

The two timepieces are inspired by the shades of taupe of the luxury Maldivian hotel Cheval Blanc featured in the alligator strap and the dial, and the bright yellow sun that shines on Randheli represented by the polished yellow ceramic bezel. The dial of the Big Bang Unico exhibits the matt chocolate colour while 11 brilliant cut diamonds dazzle over the sunray chocolate dial of the Big Bang One Click with a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Both of these watches incorporate HUB1280 Unico Manufacture self-winding movement (Hublot’s original movement) with a power reserve of 72 hours.

The 42mm satin-polished titanium Big Bang Unico has a satin-finished titanium caseback while the Big Bang One Click features a 39mm polished stainless steel case with a satin-finished steel caseback. The watches are water-resistant for up to 100 meters and come with an additional white-lined rubber strap.

To get more insights on the new releases from the LVMH Watch Week 2023 Singapore, stay tuned!