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

Bigger Bang All Black

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The “Bigger Bang” is the first Tourbillon Column-Wheel Chronograph with direct coupling on a flying tourbillon cage, the latest brainchild to emerge from the master watchmakers’ workshop at Hublot. The chronograph mechanism and column-wheel are for the first time directly visible via the dial at 12.00 o’clock. The wearer can admire the fine execution of each component, observe the chronograph being activated by pressing the first push-piece, and see the operation of the column-wheel mechanism, the heart that beats at the centre of the system. Using the same push-piece to reset to zero causes the mechanism to stop, due to the rotary movement of the coupling wheel engaging with the Tourbillon system. The remarkable construction of the “Bigger Bang”, aside from the dial-side Column-Wheel Chronograph, also features a Flying Tourbillon measuring 13 ¼ lines (diameter 30 mm) housed in a 13mm diameter cage without ball bearings and raised 2.80 mm above the base of the bottom plate. This amazing feat of watchmaking engineering comprising 262 components, assembled, adjusted and regulated with the utmost precision, creates the impression of a tourbillon suspended in mid-air, hence the term ‘Flying’, thereby enabling it to be admired from every angle. It also comprises a Gyromax type balance and offers a power reserve of 5 days. It is fitted with 33 rubies, a circular-grained right bottom plate decorated in black gold, topped by some extremely unique bridgework, echoing the two-wheel gear in shape, and a black skeleton dial. Limited edition of 50 pieces.

Technical specifications

Case
  • Black ceramic
Diameter
  • 44,5 mm
Caliber
  • HUB1400CT automatic
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, Tourbillon
Dial
  • Black skeletonized
Bracelet
  • Black rubber

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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