I was wondering whether there was a clear guideline for LVMH Watch Week debuts. Hublot is a brand that doesn’t adhere to any sort of playbook, so it’s safe to assume that even if there were guidelines, they wouldn’t have been followed. The Manufacture unveils several different watches, each unique in their own way. Let’s have a look at them.
1. BIG BANG INTEGRATED TIME ONLY KING GOLD RAINBOW & BIG BANG INTEGRATED KING GOLD RAINBOW
Inspired by its 2022 best-seller, the Manufacture has created a pair of non-identical twin watches that encourage us to experiment and luxuriate in the art of bejewelled case setting for the first watchmaking event of 2023. Even though there are just two new Big Bang models, we can still play a game of “Spot the Difference” because there are seven subtle distinctions between them.
Aesthetically, the first similarity is a treat. You don’t have to be a gemologist to recognise the beauty of these two pieces, which are both Rainbow models and feature a river of translucent gemstones in a perfect gradation of colours.
Every surface of the case, bezel, and bracelet of both pieces is paved with stones. The master stone-keen setter’s eyes and deft fingers carefully matched each gleaming gem to complement its distinctive tint.
Next, they are both fashioned from King Gold, a proprietary alloy that is especially beloved to Hublot. Separate motions within each component supply the energy needed to operate. The first is a chronograph with a skeletonized calibre and a three-day power reserve thanks to the Unico Manufacture self-winding movement, the first movement ever produced by the Hublot Manufacture. This high-end mechanism is housed in a massive casing measuring 42 millimetres across. The second model is condensed within a 40-mm case, making it the first Big Bang of this diameter since its introduction in 2022. This lends it a more small, edgy personality.
2. BIG BANG CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI
In commemoration of the 9th anniversary of Cheval Blanc Randheli, Hublot has released two special limited edition watch collections: the Big Bang Unico and the Big Bang One Click, both of which are limited to 25 individually numbered pieces.
Unico Cheval Blanc Randheli and Big Bang One Click Like the opulent and exotic Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel in the Maldives, the watches in the Cheval Blanc Randheli collection from Hublot blend the brand’s signature flare for design with sophisticated mechanical innovation. The watches, each with an alligator strap in white and warm grey and a polished yellow ceramic bezel, chronicle every moment of the unforgettable stay with a nod to the opulence of Cheval Blanc’s taupe hues and the hypnotic pop of the Randheli sun.
3. BIG BANG TOURBILLON AUTOMATIC NEON SAXEM
Hublot’s ongoing research into SAXEM, a material used in satellites and some lasers, has allowed the Manufacture to achieve previously unattainable translucent colours like neon yellow. That’s a first for the watch industry and for Hublot.
The HUB6035 is a self-winding Manufacture calibre that drives the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM. Since a traditional rotor would have hidden the back of the movement, Hublot took the technically challenging approach of self-winding with a micro-rotor. Furthermore, the Manufacture has decided to strip down the entire calibre to its barest essentials.
4. BIG BANG UNICO SORAI
The Big Bang Unico SORAI is a limited-edition timepiece crafted from polished and microblasted rhino-grey ceramic. Its openworked dial is adorned with the fiery hues of a sunset. Poachers tend to be more active at night since they are harder to spot in the shadows.
Dawn ushers in a new day and a fresh opportunity for growth and improvement, and the colours yellow, orange, purple, and pink are symbolic of that promise. The Unico self-winding Manufacture movement with a 72-hour power reserve is housed in the Big Bang Unico SORAI’s 44 mm casing. The Big Bang Unico SORAI’s innovative One Click strap system allows you to switch between a grey fabric and Velcro version and a black, purple, and orange camouflage design, evoking the colours of both sunset and daybreak.
5. CLASSIC FUSION ORIGINAL
Hublot re-releases the revolutionary watch it created in 1980. This magnificent gold case with a simple rubber strap was revolutionary in the world of fine watchmaking since it was both elegant and sporty. A relentless visionary momentum, driven by audacity, was launched when the company won over an audience of watch enthusiasts looking for new options. The Maison’s new product creation, design, and collaboration efforts are all driven by this goal. Young adulthood is honoured in the timeless simplicity of the Classic Fusion Original.
The yellow gold case and the Maison’s distinctive facetted hands on a black lacquer dial are unmistakable nods to the original design by Carlo Crocco. Though superficially identical to the original, the logo has evolved to become more contemporary and modern. A conjugation of the past tense in the present tense.
The Classic Fusion Original is now offered in three different case sizes (42mm, 38mm, and 33mm) and three different metals (yellow gold, titanium, and ceramic). The bezels are stamped with the brand name thanks to the 6 recognisable screws, and the inner workings of the watches are visible through the sapphire case backs. Modernizing the vintage timepiece with Hublot’s trademark touches.
And this is not it. We also saw the spirit of BIG BANG loud and clear with new colors and a 5-day power reserve. What a way to kick off the LVMH Watch Week!