hublot - All Black Skull Bang
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - All Black Skull Bang

All Black Skull Bang

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The Skull Bang is a rock'n'roll rebel! Dead cool? It’s a rock’n’roll rebel watch! With its playful and slightly tongue-in-cheek air, this impudent piece rebelliously thumbs its nose at anyone who takes themselves too seriously. A totally "kick-ass" watch, it wouldn't look out of place on the wrist of any number of rock stars on stage or out and about in the city. This surprising watch from Hublot is the perfect fusion of a rebel spirit with a deft and daring sense of elegance, never losing sight of the "vanitas", the symbol of the transience of life which remind us how fragile and brief our time is, and that we must live each moment to the full... This is the Skull Bang, a piece made entirely from black ceramic and featuring an attractive stylised skull on its dial. It is already a collector's item, limited to just 100 pieces worldwide, and has been specially developed by Hublot for the brand's friend and long-term partner in Paris, Laurent Picciotto, a man whose flair has made him a legend in the watchmaking world, and one of the first to demonstrate his belief in Hublot by opening the Swiss watch brand's first boutique in the world in 2007 at 271 Rue Saint Honoré in Paris' 1st arrondissement, where this limited edition will be exclusively available. Thank you Mr Picciotto ! 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL DETAILS
  • Limited to 100 pieces numbered from 000/100 to 100/100 "Classic Fusion"
CASE :
  • Diameter 45 mm
  • polished and satin-finished black ceramic Satin-finished black ceramic Satin-finished black ceramic 6 o'clock -12 o'clock 6 H-shaped countersunk black PVD titanium screws
  • Sapphire with anti-reflective coating Black
  • composite resin Polished black ceramic with Hublot logo
  • Polished black ceramic Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment Black "Skull Bang" transfer, transparent skull outline on a back background, through which the movement can be seen.
  • 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres
  • Black galvanic sunburst Black "skull" transfer Faceted
  • diamond-polished, skeleton, black galvanic
MOVEMENT :
  • automatic movement
  • Window at 3 o'clock Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment
  • Approximately 42 hours power reserve
STRAP :
  • Black leather strap stitched onto black rubber Black PVD steel deployant buckle

Who's who

“I’d known Jean-Claude for 20 years. When he took over Hublot, I offered to open a dedicated store in Paris. He came to see the premises. We talked together for barely 45 minutes before reaching an agreement.” The relationship between Chronopassion and Hublot is built on mutual trust, spontaneity – and firm convictions about the projects with the greatest potential. As Lauren Adams would say, “there’s no point discussing what’s already been agreed.” It’s the perfect adage when it comes to the personalities of former Hublot CEO Hublot Jean-Claude Biver and Laurent Picciotto, the founder of Chronopassion. Rather than simply being the story of a brand and its products, Hublot and Chronopassion is above all a story with a strongly personal touch. When Carlo Crocco created the Hublot watch with a gold case and a rubber strap in 1980, it was the first time in the history of watchmaking that a precious material, gold, had been used alongside rubber. In the mid-1990s, rubber became prized by many leading watchmaking brands, demonstrating that Hublot’s decision had been the right one. For the brand, rubber was anything but a fad – rather, it embodied its philosophy and became its hallmark. Having headed up Hublot for fifteen years, Carlo Crocco became increasingly busy with work for his MDM Foundation, so he set out to find the right person to take the helm of the watchmaking firm. That was when he met Jean-Claude Biver, who had just left Blancpain. Biver put Hublot back on the road to recovery, becoming head of the company from May 2004 through to 2012. “Our paths crossed in 2006,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “Jean-Claude had already brought the brand right up to date, with lines like Big Bang, Classic Fusion and King Power. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Hublot. He drew plans, diagrams, rebuses and roadmaps for me. When he stepped down from his position as CEO in 2012, I realised that he had had his entire roadmap in mind right from the word go. Not only that, but that he had completed it – ahead of time.” The takeover of BNB Concept proved to be a key turning-point for the brand. The company had been subcontracting for Hublot since 2004, dealing with complication watches, particularly tourbillons. At a time when BNB was struggling financially, Hublot offered to buy out the firm. The brand thereby became a “manufacture”, enabling it to supply haute horlogerie models, notably a large number of tourbillons and Minute Repeaters, as well as more atypical pieces such as the Key of Time. Together, Laurent Picciotto and Jean-Claude Biver forged a partnership rather than a commercial relationship. The two men created a number of custom series and set about laying the foundations of what was to become Hublotista, the community of Hublot owners. At the end of the day, they are still motivated by passion – and guided above all by instinct.

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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