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hublot - Hublot Spirit of BigBang

Hublot Spirit of BigBang

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Hublot Spirit of BigBang

It is the aptly named "Spirit of Big Bang". 

And indeed, it embodies the spirit of BIG BANG. It features the BIG BANG codes with its 6 H-shaped titanium screws through the watch bezel, the lugs on either side, the two strap attachments, Hublot's famous hands and the SuperLuminova™-filled baton indices offering superb legibility, and the overmoulded rubber screw-down crown with the iconic letter H adorning its profile. 

It is a BIG BANG which has been designed with a unique case construction employing an intelligent "sandwich" principle which – playing with materials and colours – enables an unlimited number of combinations; the design of the case middle with its satin-finished sides and micro-blasted areas gives the timepiece a sophisticated look, making it one of a kind in the Big Bang range. 

It also employs the same principle of the fusion of materials with titanium, ceramic, King Gold (18 K gold with 5% platinum which gives it a deeper red colour, and which is, in fact, more precious), along with rubber and alligator skin. 

Here we find Hublot's pure DNA, but in a different, brand new form. This is the aptly named SPIRIT OF BIG BANG: Hublot has unveiled a brand-new BIG BANG with a tonneau case. 

The beating heart of the piece is the new Hublot HUB4700 movement, redesigned through close collaboration between Hublot and Zénith teams; based on a Zénith El Primero chronograph "chassis" with date (frequency 5 Hz, 36,000 beats per hour, 278 components, 31 jewels), this movement has historically been regarded by purists as one of the best Swiss chronographs ever developed. 

Given the full Hublot makeover in terms of its architecture and finishes, this automatic skeleton movement with a 50-hour power reserve can be appreciated thanks to its sapphire dial which reveals the full beauty of the skeleton mechanism including its date disc. It also provides greater assurance against counterfeiting. 

The watch features a date window positioned at 4.30, a central chrono seconds hand and three timers at 9 o'clock (seconds), at 3 o'clock (30 minutes) and a small one at 6 o'clock (hours); the whole piece is completed by an alligator strap stitched onto rubber for comfort, flexibility and improved durability. The timepiece is available in black or brown, depending on the version (there are 4 different versions in total). The watch is water resistant to 100 metres. 

In short, this is a timepiece with a new shape and a new movement, but it is still 100% true to its Hublot DNA.

Technical specifications

SPIRIT OF BIG BANG 

Technical details 

References 601.NX.0173.LR (SPIRIT OF BIG BANG TITANIUM) 

601.NM.0173.LR (SPIRIT OF BIG BANG TITANIUM CERAMIC) 

601.OX.0183.LR (SPIRIT OF BIG BANG KING GOLD) 

601.OM.0183.LR (SPIRIT OF BIG BANG KING GOLD CERAMIC) 

Case Tonneau case – New "Spirit of Big Bang" design 

Dimensions 51 mm X 45 mm 

Titanium, Titanium Ceramic. King Gold 18 K, or King Gold 18 K Ceramic 

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 

Lateral inserts Black composite resin 

Crown King Gold or satin-finished Titanium with black overmoulded rubber Hublot logo 

Push-pieces 18 K King Gold or satin-finished Titanium with black rubber insert 

Case-back 18 K King Gold or satin-finished Titanium 

Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment 

Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres 

Dial Sapphire 

Counters at 9 o'clock (seconds) and 3 o'clock (minutes) 

Small counter at 6 o'clock (hours). 

Matt rhodium-plated, white SuperLuminova™ indices 

Hands 5N gold-plated or satin-finished rhodium-plated, white SuperLuminova™ 

Movement HUB4700 Automatic skeleton chronograph movement 

Zénith El Primero base given a pure Hublot look. 

Date Black date window at 4.30 

Oscillating weight Special "Spirit of Big Bang" design. 

Black satin-finished tungsten 

Power reserve Approximately 50 hours 

Strap Black or brown alligator leather stitched onto black rubber 

Clasp Titanium or King Gold 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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