hublot - Hublot Big Bang Unico  Orange Black Ceramic
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
hublot - Hublot Big Bang Unico  Orange Black Ceramic

Hublot Big Bang Unico Orange Black Ceramic

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Orange Black Ceramic

The UNICO manufacture movement is the 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. This Flyback chronograph (a practical solution enabling instant
restarting of the chronograph) is unique in the watchmaking industry, and features two push-buttons and a date indication. It is distinguished by the position of its mechanism with a horizontal double clutch and the famous "column wheel" visible on the dial side. Its development required a
completely original approach and thinking outside the box: the horizontal double clutch with integrated column wheel on the dial side for the central 60-second counter and the small 60-minute counter positioned at 3 o'clock. This simplification means greater reliability and flexibility in the chronograph's
START STOP RESET functions, as well as enhanced function visibility for the wearer. The pallet fork and escapement wheel are fixed to a removable platform and are made from silicon, whose lightness
provides a guarantee of performance. The movement's 330 components benefit from high precision and reliability, with several of them produced using LIGA technology. 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

Case Diameter 45.5 mm in black ceramic 
Bezel Black micro-blasted ceramic 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 Black PVD titanium  titanium with black overmoulded rubber
Hublot logo
Push-pieces Black PVD titanium Case-back Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Black micro-blasted PVD titanium Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres
Dial Matt black varnished skeleton
Orange plated or satin-finished rhodium-plated counter ring
Orange plated or matt rhodium-plated indexes, black SuperLuminova™
Hands Black plated or satin-finished rhodium-plated, black SuperLuminova™
Movement HUB 1242 Unico movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot,
Automatic flyback chronograph – fully black PVD coated
Date Black window at 3 o'clock
Oscillating weight Black PVD coating
Power reserve Approximately 72 hours
Strap Structured, ribbed black rubber or alligator and rubber orange stiches
Clasp Black PVD titanium or carbon fibre deployant buckle
with black ceramic 

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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