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HUBLOT Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Purple Sapphire

During Dubai Watch Week I sat down with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and finally got to see a timepiece I have been excited about since it was announced on aBlogtoWatch earlier in 2021. This is the Hublot Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire, and it’s an amazing modern luxury timepiece with all the high-end trimmings today’s watch enthusiast can get excited about. I even got to ask Mr. Guadalupe some interesting things about their use of sapphire crystal and its potential as watch case material for lower-priced timepieces. For now, while you don’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for entry, sapphire-cased watches aren’t cheap given the complexity and time required to machine the parts which are milled from pieces of synthetically grown sapphire crystal. And this Hublot is the first sapphire crystal watch I’ve ever worn that includes a full matching sapphire bracelet.
“How durable is it compared to ceramic, or even metal?” I ask Mr. Guadalupe. He has overseen a host of novel material rollouts from the brand including everything from fancy carbons to their own special blend of gold and ceramic. If anyone knows how modern luxury watch materials fare in the real world – it is the managers at Hublot. Ricardo admitted that if you drop a sapphire crystal watch on a hard surface it can indeed crack. This is a fixable scenario though not a particularly inexpensive one. Recall that Hublot innovated in the area of modular case design for high-end watches. Parts are meant to be interchangeable, so a cracked or damaged component can be replaced. Sapphire is actually harder than ceramic and both are known for exceptional scratch resistance. That means the materials are extremely dense, which is also why they crack rather than having surface deformations like a metal might if they experience a sharp prod or shock.
So what does that mean for overall durability? It means that provided you don’t subject the watch to too much shock or bang it around, the material will look sparkling new… pretty much forever. That’s sort of the ultimate response to “why don’t you just make it in plastic?” This is actually the most common thing I’ve heard people say about why they don’t feel sapphire crystal cases are as exciting as I do. To these people the material could “pass” as plastic and thus doesn’t have the showy appeal of say gold or another precious material. However, such thinking is a bit superficial. It is true that from afar a Hublot Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire case might look like plastic but the similarities end there. Sapphire and plastic certainly don’t feel the same, and they don’t age the same either. Compare a clear plastic or clear sapphire case months or years down the line and they won’t look the same any longer. The plastic will likely be yellowed in color and probably rather scratched up. The sapphire crystal on other other hand will look pristine. And on a bracelet it looks even cooler.

I’m not going to try and convince anyone who doesn’t like a transparent luxury timepiece that it is cool if they just aren’t into it. I happen to think the concept is amazing and love the extension of the skeletonized movement and dial to the entire wearing experience overall. Indeed it means that what you see inside of the watch needs to be pleasant to look at which, thankfully, it is here with Hublot’s in-house made automatic tourbillon movement. The hard crystal case makes for a beautiful frame for the mechanism inside and the Hublot Big Bang Integral as a case fits comfortably and attractively on the wrist.
aBlogtoWatch debuted the Hublot Big Bang Integral here and the model is a revision of the Big Bang case designed to have an integrated bracelet (as opposed to a strap). Hublot has produced the Big Bang integral in a series of materials so far with “full sapphire” being the latest exotic flavor. The case here for this reference 455.JX.0120.JX model is 43mm wide and combines mostly precision-cut sapphire crystal with some bits of titanium for the parts not possible to be produced from sapphire crystal. Those include things like screws, the crown, and bits inside of the strap’s deployant system. For the most part this is an entirely sapphire crystal case and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
That is one area where I think there is going to be a lot of innovation in sapphire crystal cases – water resistance. My guess is that due to the fragile nature of sapphire crystal, a watchmakers can’t screw the parts together with too much tension. Metal can handle huge tension because it can bend, but sapphire crystal cannot. 30 meters is fine for daily wear, and to be honest it is probably wise not to consider a sapphire crystal cased timepiece a “sport watch” just yet. The wearing experience is worth it to baby these watches just a little bit.
Inside the watch is a still pretty new movement from Hublot known as the caliber HUB6035. This skeletonized movement features the time with a tourbillon regulation system as well as a micro-rotor automatic winding system. Hublot designed the movement for aesthetics and did a great job of “hiding” the automatic rotor over the mainspring barrel which is located just under the 12 o’clock hour indicator. The automatic rotor is also where the “Hublot” branding is on the dial so it is sort of fun to see it spinning around while you wear the timepiece on your wrist. The Hublot-made caliber HUB6035 operates at 3Hz with 72 hours of power reserve and it is produced from 243 parts.

Legibility on the dial is also very good. Few brands next to Hublot have the sheer experience with skeletonized dials and how to make them both cool-looking and readable. Hublot has been doing this for as long as I can recall and achieve prominent hands and hour markers, subdued coloring, and proper surface finishing. The result is an imminently legible dial but one that offers a full skeletonized/transparent experience for the eyes to delight in. Additional pieces of sapphire crystal are further used in the dial and for parts of the movement bridges to further enhance the “see through effect” that Hublot is aiming for.
What’s next for sapphire crystal watches? Colors. Synthetic sapphire is actually easier to color with various shades than ceramic. Hublot and some of its contemporaries have already started to play with various sapphire crystal colors. In fact, a unique version of this watch with an orange-tinted sapphire crystal was produced for the Only Watch 2021 charity watch auction. While various sapphire crystal colors will populate the market soon, I think the purist choice is totally clear sapphire crystal. Not only does it offer the least varnished approach to enjoying the transparency experience, but it also is the most stylistically versatile. “Clear” goes with anything, but you can’t always pull off a yellow, green, orange, blue, etc… watch with what you are wearing.

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Hublot Big Bang Integral

It is hard to overlook the current trend for sports watches with integrated bracelets… They are simply all over the place and in all price segments. Hublot, one of the main participants in the robust luxury sports watch, has been aware of this and already had such an option in its Classic Fusion watch. But, surprisingly, the Big Bang, the sportier, bolder version (a competitor to the RO Offshore) has never been offered on a bracelet… until now. Meet the new Hublot Big Bang Integral collection.
While the Classic Fusion could be seen as an alternative to the thin and relatively restrained watches in the luxury sports watch category, the other main collection of Hublot, the Big Bang, is a more robust, even more contrasted version with a larger case, more combinations of materials, more angles, more skeletonization… More of everything, if you like. And while integrated metallic bracelets are everywhere these days, Hublot Big Bang Integral has been surprisingly quiet in this field. At least in the Big Bang collection, since bracelets have been offered on the Fusion for some years.
To answer the current demand for integrated sports watches, Hublot presents the Hublot Big Bang Integral collection… Integral as in “integrated” and “integrally made of one material”. 15 years (yes, already) after its creation, the Hublot Big Bang Integral features its first integrated metal bracelet, with the first link fused with the case.

However, on the contrary of exchanging a rubber for a leather strap, adding a metallic bracelet meant more work than expected and the case needed to be partially redesigned, particularly on the lug side with the central module going down to meet the bracelet’s first link. The rest of the case results familiar, with its round bezel with 6 H-shaped screws resting on a tonneau-shaped sandwich structure. The case measures 42mm, has angles and bevels all around, and a combination of deep brushed flat surfaces and highly polished accents.
The bracelet, the main novelty of this watch, takes the design of the case and adapts it with the same combination of finishings and large bevels all around the links. Don’t expect either the case or the bracelet to be ultra-thin, it is a deliberately robust and highly masculine design with bold proportions. Still, the finishing appears impressive – we’ll confirm in a hands-on article soon.

Three versions of the Hublot Big Bang Integral are unveiled. The first is a classic titanium model, with black contrasting elements. The second is made of King Gold (Hublot’s proprietary alloy) with a black dial and contrasting elements. The third one, and the most visually striking, is a full black ceramic version – including the bracelet.
Powering the Hublot Big Bang Integral is the brand’s manufacture chronograph movement, the UNICO, an automatic and integrated architecture calibre. Here it is presented in a modern skeletonized version with two registers and the column-wheel classically visible at 6 o’clock, dial side. The movement runs at 4Hz and provides 72h of energy.

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The Hublot Square Bang Unico

The Hublot Square Big Bang was the brainchild of savvy marketer Jean-Claude Biver. Launched in 2005, its burly case, extroverted personality and fusion of different materials have consolidated the Big Bang as the brand’s flagship model. Last year, the Big Bang welcomed a sibling known as the Square Bang Unico, with, as you have intuited, a square case. During Watches & Wonders 2023, Hublot unveils three new editions of the Square Bang Unico in black and white ceramic cases and an impressive transparent sapphire crystal case.
Judging by the popularity of the Hublot Square Big Bang, taking the genetic traits of the Big Bang and reallocating them inside a square-shaped case seems to have worked. All the manifest personality quirks of the Big Bang are featured on the Square Bang: the six H-shaped titanium screws in the bezel, the modular sandwich construction of the case with its lateral protective bumpers, rubber-clad chrono pushers and crown, and the mandatory ‘fusion’ of high-tech materials. Although the press pictures don’t reveal this detail, it would seem that the pushers of the sapphire case do have a protective rubber coating, but the crown does not.
The new Hublot Square Big Bang trilogy has slightly smaller dimensions than the 2022 models, and the water-resistance has been decreased from 100m to 50m. With its 41mm diameter and thickness of 12mm (compared to the 42mm x 14.5mm of 2022 models), the ergonomic case is now reworked in three flavours – black ceramic, white ceramic and sapphire crystal. The ceramic cases feature contemporary microblasted surfaces combined with polished bevels, while the contours of the sapphire crystal case are polished.
The openworked dial offers a partial view of the mechanics, including the column wheel in an aperture at 6 o’clock and an entirely exposed date wheel. With a running seconds ring at 9 o’clock and a sapphire disc at 3 o’clock for the 60-min chronograph register (tinted in the two ceramic models), the date window magically materialises beneath the chrono register at the 15-minute position. The indices are applied to a peripheral flange and, like all the hands – except for the central chronograph seconds – are treated with Super-LumiNova. The central chronograph seconds has a Hublot logo-shaped counterweight and a skeletonised oblong tip.

The curved ergonomic caseback reveals Hublot’s HUB1280 Unico manufacture automatic flyback chronograph calibre with a column wheel. With a frequency of 4Hz/28,800vph, the 354-part movement delivers a robust 72-hour power reserve.
The new Hublot Square Big Bang models are fitted with structured rubber straps and a titanium deployant clasp. Hublot’s simple One Click interchangeable system makes it possible to personalise the watch.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Rainbow

One of our shared goals here is to help bring watch enthusiasts closer to a diverse range of watches. Why? Simply because I am yet to meet a fellow watch-lover who’d be lessened by a broader, more vibrant appreciation of timepieces. Forming that bond through a detailed and honest analysis is sometimes an easy thing to do; and other times, it’s nigh-on impossible. From a quick glance at theHublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold, I trust you can tell which end of the spectrum we are experiencing today.
First things first. If you dislike or deeply disapprove of bejeweled watches, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold will not change your mind — in truth, chances are that it will just fuel your displeasure in them. Strangely, both Ariel and I have a very open-minded approach when it comes to bedazzled watches, so when discussing such a timepiece, we need not convince ourselves about its raison d’être. The Unico Rainbow King Gold is a tough one to crack even for us, and I’ll share why in a moment.
Rainbow-themed ultra-high-end watches are all the rage these days. Just look at that neat image assembled by Bloomberg to get a vague idea of where things stand these days. Rolex has been making the Rolex Daytona Rainbow for ages, but it was not until 2018’s Rainbow Daytona, and its immediately tripled resale value, that really urged brands to take note — and develop an appetite for this long-ignored market segment. Notably, rainbows also make for one of the safest ways of making an eye-catching and ultra-luxurious watch — as was discovered by Rolex back then and is being rediscovered by others, today.
In typical Hublot fashion, though, the Nyon-based manufacture went all out on the rainbow theme and applied it to the bezel, the flange ring (!), and the indices, as well as the entire top section of the lug structure. What I think about truly outlandish, jewelry-style luxury watches I have shared in this hands-on with the infamous Richard Mille Bonbon collection — if you are here, reading this for whatever reason, I suggest you take a look at that train of thought, as well.
A core component of Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold is the fusion of materials. As recently as just a few months ago, I was checking the specs of an Hublot model (don’t recall which one) and I was still surprised by the inclusion of a random modern material in some obscure spot on the exterior. They have made 18k-gold scratch resistant (I tested it here), made all kinds of crazy translucent cases, paired rubber straps with luxurious 18k gold cases (the norm today, definitely not the norm when they begun), and the list of Hublot’s more or less logical combinations of materials just goes on and on. This one though? It’s a gold watch with some colorful stones in it. This definitely counts as a “fusion of materials” for conservative brands like Rolex, surely, but a walk in the park by Hublot standards.
I am a fan of a lot that Hublot has done under the leadership of Jean-Claude Biver — with their marketing and ultra-high-end exercises, as well as some of the relatively more attainable models. The Hublot that I like, however, wants to be, looks to be, and is made to be a Hublot, not something else. For this reason, I don’t quite like the whiff of “me-too” that lingers around this baguette-rainbow madness or the Spirit of Big Bang, for that matter.

That’s my only gripe with this new piece; but that does not answer what we should make of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold Watch, so here’s why I like it — and why I propose this watch as something that should be celebrated.
As I slide this weird Big Bang around my wrist with its color-transitioned, purple-green-blue-red strap, the gazillions of facets on the gazillions of colorful stones create a laughable lightshow even under the dullest, normally terribly unflattering spotlights in the ceiling. It is so ridiculously over-the-top that there is no way anyone in their right mind would ever want to make a case for this as a serious piece of watchmaking.
It’s a serious watch that put on a masquerade — like a serious actor that puts on a clown’s make-up and clothes to cheer people up. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold Watch is a joke, it’s a laugh. It’s as though the watch (and with it, all of Hublot) were looking at you with its curious Swiss face, asking, “Do you want colors? How about lots of colors?” BANG! “We hope you’re happy now!” I look at this watch and this is what I can hear in my head — I’ll seek assistance, don’t worry — but not with a negative or aggressive tone, but rather an over-the-top-playful tone.
I mean, placing brilliant-cut stones next to baguette-cut stones is a real challenge to pull off right. It’s like wearing polka dots with stripes. It can be done, but it’s very, very hard, and there’s a very, very high chance that you’ll look ridiculous when you try to mimic those who can do it. Although the photos exaggerate the effect when compared to how this watch appeared to my eyes in reality, even when holding it in one’s hand, there is a strong and immediately apparent dissonance between the sizing and overall effect of these two stones.
Hublot has a small, but capable gem-setting department in its manufacture near Geneva, and they have done some truly impressive things before. On this occasion, I have some issues with their work, but said reservations are just of a stylistic kind, not qualitative. Just so you know the level of complexity they can handle, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold features 176 colored stones on its case, 48 on its bezel, and 212 on its dial. Altogether, there are 436 stones, rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites, yellow sapphires and orange sapphires, and that’s Jacob & Co. territory.

All those stones make for a lot of eye candy also — and also a lot of ways for things to go wrong. The bezel, with its baguette-cut sapphires, looks proportionate to the case and the watch as a whole, and that’s great. The lugs and the dial components, however, look exceedingly weird, as though these small stones originally belonged to a Michael Kors fashion watch, not a six-figure-priced piece — even though the quality of the settings and the cuts do, of course, belong to the luxury segment. All that noted, criticizing this watch for the disproportionate stones and resulting overall look is like a makeup artist walking up to a clown and criticizing the nuances of his makeup. It’s clearly missing the point, and that’s something I don’t want to do. So, here’s what I will say in closing, instead.
Would I wear the Hublot Big Bang Unico Rainbow King Gold Watch? Hell yeah, I would. It’s a gold watch with tons of baguette-cut sapphires (they are my weakness, my kryptonite) and brilliant-cut colorful stones on them. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a sucker for these things. If given the choice, would I take this over a base Lange 1? No. Have I lost my mind? Therefore, I think no, I haven’t. But if I could wear this for weeks or months, I totally would, because I know this unafraid, likeable, laughable watch would cheer me up. And I think it would cheer most of my fellow watch-lovers up, too. Even though we will never have a chance to prove this, I very much believe that, if given the chance to wear this exact watch for a week or so, nine out of 10 watch enthusiasts would grow really rather fond of it. They, too, would still take the Lange 1 — but they wouldn’t be as repulsed by this rainbow-themed watch, as they may be now.

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Hublot Classic Fusion Original

With the broad similarities between the car community and the watch community, it’s common enough practice among enthusiasts to liken certain watch brands to automakers. Grand Seiko is often compared to Lexus and TAG Heuer is commonly mapped to longtime brand partner Porsche, but perhaps the most fitting pairing of all is this — Hublot is the Lamborghini of watchmaking. While there may be newer, equally exotic brands now occupying similar niches, both Hublot and Lamborghini carry a spirit of defiance and willful audacity that helped to reshape their respective industries. In addition, like Lamborghini, Hublot rarely ever draws upon its back catalog for inspiration, until recently at least. As part of its LVMH Watch Week 2023 novelties, Hublot has returned in earnest to the design that started it all for the brand in 1980 with a striking new series in a trio of sizes and three case material options. While the combination of a sharp integrated case, (optional) precious materials, minimalist dial design, and a black rubber strap may not be as revolutionary as it was with the debut of the Classic Original over 40 years ago, the new Hublot Classic Fusion Original line is a strikingly handsome and commendably respectful tribute to the ur-Hublot design with enough available options to satisfy a wide variety of tastes.
Available in 33mm-wide, 38mm-wide, and 42mm-wide variants, the case design of the Hublot Classic Fusion Original finds a middle ground between fully replicating the original 1980 model and showcasing its modern case geometry. There’s plenty of visual similarity to the rest of the modern Classic Fusion family in elements like the angular lugs (far broader than the delicate tapering design of the ‘80s model), the organically rounded polished case sides, the black case side flanges at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and the distinctive set of six H-pattern screws ringing the broad chamfered bezel as opposed to the original’s 12-screw layout. Despite the visual tweaks, it’s still an attractively simple counterpoint to the spectacle of Hublot’s other lines. With available models in titanium, Hublot’s proprietary Black Magic ceramic, and 18K yellow gold, this comparatively restrained design has a chance to show off an array of different personalities. The 38mm-wide model is the closest in spirit to the ‘80s original in photos, particularly in yellow gold, but each size and case material presents a subtly different personality in photos. The 33mm-wide variants offer a decidedly more reduced, feminine take on the overall form, while the broader proportions of the 42mm-wide models abandon some of the timelessness of the original in favor of a more deliberately modern feel. Likewise, the yellow gold models across all sizes come closest to capturing the minimal-yet-opulent ethos of the 1980 original, while the Black Magic ceramic option gives the design a more futuristic cast, and the titanium version provides a contemporary, wearable middle ground. Despite Hublot’s sporty connotations, however, each model in the Hublot Classic Fusion Original series offers a disappointing 50 meters of water resistance. Unfortunately, Hublot was unable to provide images or details regarding the Classic Fusion Original’s caseback before press time.
Like the ‘80s model that inspired the design, each model in the Hublot Classic Fusion Original series offers a truly minimal black dial layout. Other than a dial-matching date window at 3 o’clock and a 12 o’clock applied Hublot emblem, there are no indices, scales, or text (outside of minuscule printed “Swiss Made” text at 6 o’clock) to mar the glossy piano black dial surfaces here. This leaves only the broad-faceted baton handset for timekeeping duties, and it’s where the tweaks to the original format cause one potential issue with functionality. Although the first Hublot design had a similarly featureless black dial, the 12 screws on the bezel could be used as an ersatz hours scale for improved legibility. By contrast, the six H-pattern screws atop the Classic Fusion Original’s bezel are substantially more difficult to orient quickly in images. Potential legibility issues aside, this starkly restrained look remains an effective visual statement for Hublot over 40 years after its debut.
For the 38mm and 42mm Classic Fusion Original models, Hublot turns to the Sellita SW300-1-based HUB1110 automatic movement. This reliable platform powers a wide range of Hublot’s less exotic models. While enthusiasts may complain about the HUB1110’s humble underpinnings and relatively low 42-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate, it is dependable and easily serviced. For the 33mm-wide models, Hublot instead turns to an unspecified quartz movement with a minimum power reserve of three years. To complete the vintage-inspired design, Hublot pairs each model in the series with a smooth, unadorned black rubber strap.
Although it may stand out amid the brand’s Lamborghini-esque relentless tendency towards forward-thinking stylistic spectacle, the new Hublot Classic Fusion Original series offers a sharp and charismatic tribute to the Hublot model that started it all with a broad range of available configurations. The Hublot Classic Fusion Original line is available now through authorized dealers.

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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 5-Day Power Reserve

LVMH Watch Week is upon us, and Hublot is once again making big waves with their bold designs and as a leader in the use of innovative materials. And this year’s releases are more eye-catching than ever, as you’ll see in a moment.
We start things off with a big bang, quite literally, with the retina-searing visual intensity that is the hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM. Hublot are pioneers in the use of man-made sapphire within the watch industry, but this new model is something else entirely. The material is notoriously difficult to colour, each shade requiring its own elemental cocktail to achieve that perfect hue, so when Hublot decided to tackle this particular fluorescent yellow, they were working with a blank sheet of paper. After three years of research, the solution turned out to be a blend dubbed “SAXEM”, which stands for Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Mineral, used in the aerospace field. The result is a previously unseen tone of acid yellow that seems to glow from within, and offers greater resistance, polish and brilliance than previous man-made sapphires. The fully polished 44mm case and bezel has a vivid presence unlike anything the brand has presented before, offering a striking contrast to the polished, micro-blasted titanium bezel screws and crown. Not merely a pretty face, the Yellow Neon SAXEM is also a showcase for Hublot’s movement prowess, utilising the in-house HUB6035 automatic calibre. This skeletonised reference boasts a tourbillon at 6 o’clock that seems to float in midair, due to the sapphire bridges that frame these visual fireworks. The movement also features a micro-rotor, and manages a 72-hour power reserve to boot. Completing the package, the Yellow Neon SAXEM comes equipped with a matching textured yellow rubber strap (with a titanium deployant buckle) that utilises Hublot’s One Click system for toolless strap changes. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide, the price is CHF200,000.
The tonneau-cased Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang lineup receives two new limited-to-50 editions, one in black and blue carbon composite, the other in vivid purple sapphire. The Spirit Of Big Bang models have always had a commanding wrist presence, made even more so in these new cases.
Both feature striking skeletonised dials, and are powered by a hand-wound MHUB6020 tourbillon movement that offers a five-day power reserve. Keeping with the trademark Hublot look, they both come on complementing rubber straps with folding buckles. If you’ve got the wrist real estate to pull off their 42mm-wide case dimensions, you might as well go full Hublot, because if the Spirit Of Big Bang is on your shortlist, you’re obviously no wallflower, so why should your watch be?
The new hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal offers a sleek glammed-out twist on the black ceramic Classic Fusion Original, with the addition of genuine gold flakes set into the inky black dial and then lacquered. It’s an unusual treatment, but a striking one that showcases the reflections of the gold differently every time you look, depending on how the light hits the frond-like patterns. Black and gold is a timeless combination, and the 42mm brushed ceramic case and H-screwed bezel offer a stealthy contrast to the dial. An alligator and rubber strap completes a look that’s decadent and refined all at once.
If you’re still looking to dazzle, but in classic noir fashion, this is the perfect little black dress accessory. The limited-to-200 Hublot Big Bang One Click Sapphire Diamonds 39mm is textbook understated luxe, with a clear sapphire 39mm case, and stealthy black movement components peeking through the skeletonised dial and caseback. Some 42 round diamonds ring the bezel, and provide brilliant contrast with the black dial accents and rubber strap. And for all its luxurious trappings, the watch manages 100 metres of water resistance, so if you happen to feel a fountain-jumping moment coming on, by all means, give in.

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randeli

In celebration of Cheval Blanc Randheli’s 9th Anniversary, Hublot honours its continued partnership with the iconic Maison by introducing limited editions of the Big Bang Unico and the Big Bang One Click watches, each in twenty-five numbered pieces.

The Big Bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli and the Big Bang One Click Cheval Blanc Randheli combine Hublot’s flair for style, sophistication, and mechanical innovation in stylish timepieces that are as vibrant and elegant as the idyllic Maldivian Maison it is named after.

Incorporating Cheval Blanc’s splendid shades of taupe and Randheli’s mesmerizing pop-yellow sun, the two timepieces capture every moment of the memorable stay featuring an alligator strap in white and warm grey and a polished yellow ceramic bezel. The dials in shades of taupe reflect the warm wooden decks and signature colour of the Maison. The Big Bang Unico dial is dressed in a matt taupe colour, while the Big Bang One click features a sunray taupe dial set with 11 brilliant white diamonds. The watches come with an additional white line rubber strap giving the wearer additional styling possibilities.

This collaboration follows the successful launch of the 2016 and 2017 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition watches and is inspired by Hublot’s signature art of fusion merging two worlds: luxury watchmaking and exceptional hospitality. They are a perfect souvenir for the guests of the unspoiled Noonu Atoll at Cheval Blanc Randheli.

The hublot Big Bang Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli and the Hublot Big Bang One Click Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Editions are only available at the Maison Concept Store, in the dedicated Hublot area that reflects the identity of the most iconic Hublot boutiques around the world.

“Cheval Blanc Randheli and Hublot have a strong relationship that blends the creativity and technology from Hublot and the art de Recevoir of Cheval Blanc. This partnership encapsulates timeless memories and timeless stays,” said Olivier Lefebvre, CEO of Cheval Blanc.

“We are happy to be celebrating Cheval Blanc Randheli’s special occasion with special watch editions dedicated to this magical island resort. At Hublot, we are passionate about creating fusion between different worlds to develop singular products; the two watches are a fusion between art-of-living and craftsmanship,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.

“The previous two editions were very appreciated by the guests of Cheval Blanc Randheli and sold out quickly. We thrive to present them the two new timepieces and offer them a new experience with time that comes to complement their unforgettable stay at the emblematic resort,” said David Tedeschi, Hublot Regional Direction Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & Africa.

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New Hublot Rainbow Big Bangs

Calling all lovers of minute details (surely there are a few on a watch website?), gather ’round and behold two very similar watches. To mark the occasion of LVMH Watch Week, Hublot just released these fraternal twin Big Bangs. The Hublot Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow and the Hublot Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow offer up bling for days in one of Hublot’s signature lines.
The watches share largely the same materials – fashioned from Hublot’s humbly named King Gold, a warm gold containing platinum, both brushed and polished, and featuring black elements on the main plate and dial, the basic canvas for the watches is largely similar. They are both fully paved in rainbow-colored gems, 174 for the Integrated watch and 768 on the bracelet, and 176 for the Time Only and 748 on the bracelet, set by Hublot’s master stone-setter (nice to know these Game Of Thrones-sounding jobs still exist).

The major differences are the complications and all the attending changes that go with them: diameter, movement, and thickness. The Time Only is a bit of a misnomer as there is a date window, but aside from that it keeps things relatively restrained on the internal bells and whistles. It runs on the in-house MHUB1710 movement, found in previous Time Only Big Bangs and based on a Zenith movement, which ticks away at 4Hz with about 50 hours of power reserve all visible through the sapphire crystal on the dial. It measures a demure (for Hublot) 40mm and comes in just under the 10mm thickness mark at 9.25mm.
The Hublot Integrated King Gold is a chronograph powered by the MHUB1280, another self-winding in-house movement, this time with chronograph flyback and column wheel. The integrated bracelet is relatively new to the Big Bang line, joining the signature rubber strap in 202o, and only available on the Big Bang in 40mm since 2022. The case is a standard but not gargantuan (again, by Hublot standards) 42mm and 13.45mm thick. It has 72 hours of power reserve and 100m water resistance, but why dive for treasure when it’s already on your wrist?
There’s something so charming about Hublot hearing cries across the watch world for smaller watches and more integrated bracelets – not to mention 2o22’s biggest design trend – and putting them all into a watch that’s so distinctly Hublot. Classic sport watch appeal and a size that is more “wrist-friendly?” You can have it, but you’ll have it the Hublot way.

Looking at these watches through the lens of “did it accomplish what it set out to accomplish?” these certainly look to be a big success. I’m not a master gem-setter (unfortunately!) but I think that finding enough gems of standard and cutting and arranging them just so on this bruiser of a watch is almost more impressive than a more “tasteful” application of diamonds on the dial or bezel of a smaller more delicate watch. The result is loud and attention-grabbing, as it was meant to be, so points for that, but when I think about the margin of error in crafting a bracelet with 768 gems on it I can’t help but be impressed.
The dial of the chronograph is very, very busy, but [9os sitcom voice] that’s Hublot! And I do think there’s an interesting tension between the rugged, dark openwork gears and the meticulous and whimsical dial that gives a little more heft and intention to the busy-ness.

And while Hublot is no stranger to the rainbow trend, both with gems and without, the combination of precious gold and integrated bracelet makes this go-around feel, dare I say, more grown up? It’s the thinking person’s big-ass Rainbow Hublot. And if you’re already on board with Hublot and all of the dramatic, daring, and denim watches that have come before, this Rainbow might be your pot of gold.

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MP 09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon

The MP 09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon trend certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, watchmakers are continuing to stretch their creativity when it comes to multi-hued timepieces. Case in point: Hublot is blazing a new technicolor trail with its newest piece of wrist candy.

The limited-edition MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis, which was unveiled during the Hublot Loves Art event at Art Basel in Miami this week, pushes the envelope in terms of both aesthetics and production. Hublot started with a simple idea: reproduce the rainbow effect of colored gemstones using carbon and composites. It sounds straightforward, but the execution wasn’t so easy.
The watchmaker leveraged all its resources, from industrial machinery to the ingenuity of its research and development team, to establish a complex process that would reproduce the striking hues of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds on the surface of the case. In short, Hublot found a way to recreate the brilliance of gemstones in a rather conventional material. This feat marks a world first in watchmaking: Never before has a watch displayed as many shades of colored composites.
“We have mastered Carbon. We have mastered traditional rainbow setting. But no one was yet to master 3-D carbon with the rainbow effect, quite simply because no one had thought about it,” Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said in a statement. “That is what makes Hublot different: we explore the unknown regions of haute horlogerie.”
The bold watch is undeniably Hublot from the inside out. The oversized 49 mm case is fully decked out in carbon and rainbow composites. So too is the bezel. The openworked dial, meanwhile, reveals the manually wound HUB9009.H1.RA.B caliber. A staple of the MP-09 collection since its inception, the movement offers a five-day power reserve. It’s also a sight to behold with the tourbillon complication clearly visible at six o’clock.

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Hublot “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo”

Hublot has announced the latest 77 limited edition “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo”. “Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camoo” is based on the iconic “Big Bang Unico” design, with the concept of “All Black”, which is always popular in Hublot, blue with strength and elegance, bold and wild. It is a special Japan-only model with a cool beauty that combines the charms of each with a camouflage motif that gives an impression.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo 44 mm black ceramic case is equipped with the self-winding movement “UNICO” developed and manufactured in-house. You can see the movement between the camouflage motifs on the dial, and it has a mysterious feeling that makes you want to look into it.

Automatic winding (cal.HUB1280). 26 stones. 28,800 vibrations / hour. Column wheel type flyback chronograph. Power reserve of about 72 hours. Black ceramic (diameter 44 mm, thickness 14.5 mm). Water resistant to 100m. 2,596,000 yen (tax included). Released in May 2022

The dial expresses one perfect camouflage motif by carefully overlapping the outlines of the camouflage motifs one by one. The camouflage print straps are drawn using Hublot’s first vulcanization technology in the watch industry in 2019, realized by individually cutting and combining camouflage motifs. The “Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo” is the only one that perfectly combines the complex beauty of mechanical watches with the refined strength of black and blue colors and the unique presence of camouflage motifs. The second timepiece

Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black Blue Camo” is based on the iconic “Big Bang Unico” design, with the concept of “All Black”, which is always popular in Hublot, blue with strength and elegance, bold and wild. It is a special Japan-only model with a cool beauty that combines the charms of each with a camouflage motif that gives an impression.