If you can’t visit the “Home Of Winter” well, Hublot brings it to you. In an attempt to reconquer the world-famous emblem of Switzerland – the Matterhorn, Hublot has introduced a new duo – The Big Bang All Black Zermatt watches.
The Matterhorn is one of the toughest climbs in the world, yet has become synonymous with Alpine family leisure pursuits. Immaculate white slopes gild the hulking mass of rock, born in the first convulsions of the Big Bang and standing defiant against the ravages of time. And to celebrate this, Hublot has created yet another limited edition loaded with ceramic presented in two versions – labelled as the “men’s” version and the “women’s version” represented by Swiss downhill and slalom champions Corinne Suter and Tanguy Nef.
The 44 mm version, which we presume is the men’s version is available in 100 individually numbered pieces. The microblasted black ceramic case houses the self-winding HUB4100 chronograph, which is visible through the sapphire case back. The Matterhorn’s identity is captured on the dial side: the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock sits atop a relief rendering in immaculate white. A striking contrast that draws the eye to the centre of the anthracite grey sunray dial.
Faithful to the All Black aesthetic, the timepiece is dressed exclusively in black and grey tones: Anthracite applied indices, two broad hands imprinted with black luminescent material, black resin lugs and a black rubber strap with grey calf inserts and deployant buckle.
The 41 mm version (women’s version) symbolises the opposite face, with the Matterhorn emblazoned at 3 o’clock. Available in just 50 individually numbered pieces, it is distinctive for its bezel set with 36 black diamonds. These also beautifully embody the All Black’s characteristic duality, harnessing the customary snow-white sparkle of the diamond and translating it into the deepest black for this ultracontrasted version. The model features a self-winding chronograph calibre with a 42-hour power reserve and a date window at 4:30.
While it may be aesthetically and functionally appealing, I wonder if these new Big Bang All Black Zermatt watches could represent the unfathomable personality of the Matterhorn.