To celebrate this summer season, Hublot has created three special edition timepieces dedicated to its Ibiza, Capri and St.Tropez boutiques.
These Mediterranean destinations are known for their beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. The new Hublot summer limited editions take inspiration from the blues of summertime.
Hublot St-Tropez Big Bang Unico St-Tropez Boutique
The turquoise blue seas and sky of this seaside citadel are reflected in a limited edition of 30 pieces which echo the colours of Tahiti and Pampelonne beach.
Set between the Place des Lices and the Port de St-Tropez since 2017, the Hublot boutique is just a short hop from the iconic ochre and sienna bell tower which overlooks the port and dominates the skyline. The silhouette is featured on the sapphire of the Big Bang Unico St-Tropez Boutique’s case back.
The UNICO V2 manufacture movement offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The calibre HUB1280 boasts a slimmer design, restyled architecture, easier assembly and improved visibility and functionality. The ceramic bezel, the lined rubber strap, the indices, numerals and hands are all turquoise blue, contrasting with the microblasted black ceramic case.
Hublot Ibiza Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Blue Ibiza Boutique
With its pop-up boutique open throughout the summer, Hublot celebrates the bohemian festive spirit of Ibiza with a limited edition of 50 pieces in colours which echo the island’s white walls and the deep blue of the horizon from Cala Conta, the contrasting shades underneath the boats moored at Cala Saladeta and the seabed at Cala Xarraca.
To celebrate summer, and its Ibiza boutique, Hublot welcomes its favourite material – coloured ceramic – to a magnetic blue chronograph: the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Blue Ibiza Boutique. 45 mm in diameter, with a deep blue ceramic bezel and case, HUB1155 self-winding chronograph movement and a power reserve of 42 hours, this piece is awash with the island’s vibrant blues, from its deep seas to its night skies.
Its blue alligator strap is set off by white stitching and a white stripe, providing as striking a contrast to the titanium adorning the crown, pushers and H-shaped screws. On the back of the watch, the sapphire crystal features “Hublot Ibiza”.
Hublot Capri Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Capri Boutique
For its Capri Boutique, Hublot has created a limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic. Limited to 50 pieces, this watch is inspired by the turquoise waters of Capri’s Grotta Azzurra and the contrast with the dark grey of the grotto.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Ceramic Capri Boutique has a power reserve of 42 hours. 45 mm in diameter, and fitted with a turquoise blue lined rubber strap, this watch is water resistant to 50 metres.
Hublot’s new release is inspired by the Matterhorn, one of the most well-known of all the Alps. When I had a look, I was wondering what I was meant to say about these watches, and it got me thinking. There’s a really great program on the BBC’s iPlayer right now called Around the World in 80 Days and, no, it’s not just another interpretation of Jules Verne’s classic novel. Well, it technically is that, but it’s split into eight-hour-long episodes which gives it plenty of time to dwell on the details. I haven’t gotten all the way through it yet, in fact, as I’m writing this I’ve just finished watching the episode set in India and it was a cracker.
The story is set in the 19th century and features everyone’s favourite iteration of Doctor Who’s The Doctor play the role of Phileas Fogg. The story so far is rather excellent, as I mentioned, because this is an episodic set rather than a movie there’s plenty of time to get acclimated with each of the major stops that Fogg and his friends are travelling through. Not to give it away too much, but all sorts of events have taken place in England, France, Italy, Egypt and now India. One of the most defining features of Verne’s story is of Fogg taking a hot air balloon over the Alps. And so in comes our tie into the watches.
The new Hublot Big Bang All Black watches Zermatt watches pay tribute to the Matterhorn in their own way. According to my quick search of Googlepedia (or is it Wiki-oogle?), the Matterhorn is the 12th tallest of the Alps, although its near perfectly symmetrical outline makes it one of the most recognisable alongside Mont Blanc. Both watches feature the Matterhorn on their dials, in fact, that’s about the only thing that really stands out on the dials as the rest is matte black. It appears as though there is lume on the hands, although I’m not sure how brightly black-coloured lume shines.
Nevertheless, both Hublot Big Bang All Black watches are black as you like, which is becoming a more popular trend. The larger of the two has a 44mm x 14.1mm case made of matte black ceramic, while the smaller features a 41mm x 12.75mm case. That one also has eight black diamonds set on the dial with more within the bezel. Both are water-resistant to 100m.
Inside the larger is the calibre HUB4100 which is based on the ETA 7753 calibre and has a 42-hour power reserve. The smaller of the two uses the Hub4300 which is not based on the ETA 7753, instead, it’s based on the ETA 2894-2. The main difference between the two is the diameter and the jewel count, apart from that the beat rate and the power reserve (and most other details that matter) are the same. It’s nice that Hublot Big Bang All Black watches has covered the movement with a representation of the Matterhorn.
If you know Hublot, you know the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang. The large, octagonal sports watch has come to define the brand. But Hublot is more than a one trick pony, as demonstrated by the unusual and appealing Spirit of Big Bang.
The Spirit, first introduced in 2014 is an evolution of the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang – one that sits alongside the regular collection, possessing all the familiar elements of the traditional Big Bang, but in an entirely new form.
Hublot excel in their casework, and nowhere is this more evident than on the large and complicated Spirit of Big Bang. The 51mm by 45mm case is crafted from King Gold – Hublot’s proprietary red gold, which contains a dash of platinum to ensure the colour remains true over the years. But even before that, the first thing you notice about the Spirit is the tonneau case shape. Named for the barrels they resemble, tonneau watches are far less common than crowd-pleasing round cases, they wear very large and have tonnes of wrist-presence – perfect for Hublot.
Design-wise the essence of the Big Bang is clearly present, with the ‘H’ shaped screws, sandwiched case construction using high tech materials and cut-away elements. Combining all this with the elongated tonneau creates an entirely new watch, the curving lines presenting a softer, more elegant version of the Big Bang.
As with the case, the dial of the Hublot Spirit is classic Big Bang. The sapphire dial exposes the movement architecture, giving it a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic that’s in stark contrast with the luxurious brushed gold case. Thankfully this dial doesn’t compromise on legibility, with the broad gold-plated hands and indices easily visible day or night, thanks to the liberal application of luminous material. The only exception to this is the date; it can take a moment or two to find the red-bordered date aperture on the exposed and skeletonised date wheel. Touches of red on the chapter ring, subdials and tip of the chronograph hand add detail and even more depth to the already multi-layered dial.
You might expect this watch to be powered by one of Hublot’s Unico movements, but it’s not. Instead you get the HUB 4700, which is actually a skeletonised El Primero (Zenith and Hublot are both owned by LVMH), the storied automatic chronograph movement first released in 1969. Using the reworked and rebranded El Primero in the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang is a nice easter egg, offering a piece of horological history inside the futuristic shell of the big Hublot.
The Spirit has a thick rubber strap, covered with alligator and very much in keeping with the brand’s philosophy of fusion. The strap balances the heavy Hublot Spirit of Big Bang well, and indeed anything slimmer would leave the watch feeling top heavy. As it is, the tapering band continues the curve of the case, creating a cohesive, comfortable whole.
Gold watches dominate the wrist, and not just visually. A heavy gold watch can be unbalanced and ungainly to wear. The Spirit of Big Bang suffers from none of these complaints, the curved case hugs the wrist. Well-balanced and secure, it’s a real joy to wear. It’s also an unmissable watch that makes a bold statement with a whole lot of solid gold real estate.