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Hublot celebrates signature collection 10-year anniversary with a bang

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Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot unveils iconic timepieces celebrating the tenth anniversary of its signature Big Bang collection.

The Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold, limited to 250 pieces, is the celebratory timepiece leading the bran’s novelties featured at Baselworld 2015.

The first watch in this collection, Big Ban Gold Ceramic, was produced in 2005. Five months later, the Big Bang chronograph received the “2005 Design Prize,” at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, before moving on to collect others in Japan and Bahrain.

In 2013, the original Big Bang was modified to include the UNICO movement, manufactured in-house, among other technical and aesthetic revisions.

This is part of the brand’s efforts to manufacture all of its watches’ movements.

“The goal of Hublot is to have 100 percent manufactured movements by the next three years,” Tedeschi said. The Swiss watchmaker now has a 6,000 square meter factory where movements are produced; an extension of an equal size will be added in the summer, making the total space of Hublot’s movement factory reaching 12,000 sqm.

The celebratory icon features a mechanical contemporary 45 mm dial case, made of unique, scratch-resistant, 19-K gold called the “Full Magic Gold,” from which the name of the timepiece is taken.

“We came out with a special gold, an 18-carat gold mixed with ceramic, and this alloy with ceramic makes it unscratchable, we have a patent for that, no body else has produced 18-carat unscratchable gold,” Marco Tedeschi, Hublot’s regional director for the Middle East and Africa said, while introducing the collection during Baselworld.

Hublot first introduced this metal combination in 2011, in collaboration with Swiss Polytechique school of Lausanne.

In addition to the Big Bang Unico, Hublot released the Big Bang Unico Haute Joaillerie, its first high jewelry watches collection, comprising 10 truly iconic timepieces of art, with each priced at one million dollars.

The Haute Joaillerie collection features white diamonds, black diamonds, sapphire and rubies.

Seven of the 10 pieces were sold during the first three days of the exhibition; five of the clients were from Asia, one from the United Arab Emirate and one from the United States. While such heavily encrusted watches are usually targeting women, Tedeschi said the customers were all males, who bought the watches for themselves.

Last but not least, Hublot also presented the Big Bang Toubillion 5-Day Power Reserve Full Magic Gold, as part of its celebratory timepieces. This model was initially introduced at the Geneva Days earlier in January, and is limited to 50 pieces.

Other compelling models presented at Baselworld include the Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent, designed in collaboration with the Italian eyewear company.

The material used for the iconic celebratory timepiece, the Big Bang Unico is called Texalium, and comprises aluminum-coated, ultra thin, durable carbon fibre.

Additionally, it features Hublot’s signature chronograph calibre, and is limited to 500 pieces in each of the two available colors, black or grey.

Matching sunglasses were produced by Italia Independent to go with the watch.

Last but not least, a highlighted timepiece added to Hublot’s lineup is the Big Bang Ferrari, in black or grey ceramic.

Both models also take part in celebrating the iconic collection, and commemorate three-year collaboration between the Swiss watchmaker and the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer.

The Black Ceramic model represents Ferrari’s legendary red color, while the grey one is inspired by the North America Racing Team legacy.

 

First published on Aficionado, sister publication of Luxurmena.

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