hublot - Big Bang Unico
hublot - Big Bang Unico

Big Bang Unico

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Big Bang Unico

Here we are, three and a half years since the Hublot manufacture opened at Nyon in Switzerland.
Presenting the BIG BANG UNICO!
The perfect fusion of Hublot's award-winning iconic design and its Manufacture movement, the UNICO chrono.
Unveiled today, this new piece is the first in a new line of products designed to house all future incarnations of the UNICO movement.
The iconic design of the Big Bang has evolved to contain the UNICO, a column wheel chronograph movement with a dual horizontal coupling visible on the dial side, designed, developed and produced entirely within the Hublot manufacture workshops. The result, presented here in its 4 best-selling versions – will mark  the start of a new line of Hublot products designed to complete the Big Bang, Classic Fusion, King Power and Masterpieces ranges.
The design of the Big Bang Unico features a powerful 45.5 mm diameter case for a stylish mechanical look, and a bezel secured by  6 H-shaped screws with a new, subtle and more technical design (the head of each screw is now in relief, allowing the application of alternating polished and matt finishes). A notable feature is the  new design of the crown, which is screw-down with overmoulded rubber and decorated on the end with the famous H from the Hublot screw. For the very first time since the creation of the Big Bang in 2005,  the push-buttons are round. Each one is protected by a push-button guard integrated in the middle and finished like an engine piston. The sharp angles and intelligent sandwich system have been retained in the case design, but  the strap attachment has been significantly optimised: It features the now  famous "One click" system which allows the wearer to switch between a wide choice of straps - each watch is supplied with a structured and ribbed natural rubber strap (also new) which perfectly matches the endpieces of the middle. Finally, the movement is revealed thanks to a skeleton dial featuring the famous  indexes and Arabic numerals, redesigned to give them more volume (and hollowed out and filled with SuperLuminova™), as well as  two counters "encircled" by a polished ring, one for the minutes positioned at 3 o'clock and the other at 9 o'clock for the small second; the date window is visible at 3 o'clock. The hands have also been reworked, facetted on two levels and filled with Superluminova™.
The UNICO manufacture movement is brand's signature chronograph movement. And that is why it was chosen. It has been entirely designed, developed, machined and assembled by micro-mechanics, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. The movement is a flyback chronograph which can be reset at any time, and which is  unique in the watchmaking industry, two push-buttons, with date indicator, and featuring a  uniquely positioned mechanism with dual coupling and the famous " column wheel" visible on the dial side.
Its development required a completely original approach and thinking outside the box: For example, the hour counter is driven directly by the barrel, and there is no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. This simplification boosts  reliability and  robustness. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and are made from silicon, whose lightness provides a guarantee of performance. Its construction, which incorporates just 330 components, has been simplified as much as possible in order to further increase robustness. This result is the fruit of  continual adjustments made since 2009, the year it was launched, which have been carried out jointly by the technical office, the laboratory and the after-sales service in the manufacture. Its frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and its immaculate finish are also a guarantee of high chronometric quality. Finally, its automated production, which includes automation of the machining, stone fitting, oiling and numerous assembly operations also ensures consistent, controlled quality. Its power reserve is around 72 hours.
In short, the entire piece has been conceived and designed to reflect Hublot's pure DNA:  sport,
performance and technology. No useless gadgets. The design is stylish, practical and rational.

Technical specifications

  • 45.5 mm diameter in Titanium or 18K King Gold
  • Bezel Satin-finished black ceramic or titanium 6 o'clock/12 o'clock polished side
  • 6 H-shaped matt titanium screws, countersunk, polished & locked
  • Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and Hublot logo
  • Bezel lugs Black composite resin + black anodised aluminium bezel ring
  • Lateral inserts Black composite resin
  • Crown King Gold or satin-finished Titanium with black overmoulded rubber Hublot logo
  • Push-pieces 18K King Gold or satin-finished Titanium
  • Case-back 18K King Gold or circular satin-finished Titanium
  • Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
  • Water resistance 10 ATM, 100 metres
  • Matt black varnished skeleton
  • 5N gold-plated or polished rhodium-plated counter ring
  • 5N gold-plated or matt rhodium-plated indexes, white SuperLuminova™
  • Hands 5N gold-plated or satin-finished rhodium-plated, white SuperLuminova™
  • HUB 1242 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot,
  • automatic flyback chronograph
  • Date White window at 3 o'clock
  • Oscillating weight Black satin-finished tungsten
  • Power reserve Approximately 72 hours
  • Structured, ribbed black rubber
  • Clasp Titanium or black PVD titanium deployant buckle with ceramic, 5N gold or
  • titanium inserts depending on the version.

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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