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hublot - HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO TEAK ITALIA INDEPENDENT

HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO TEAK ITALIA INDEPENDENT

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A TRIBUTE TO THE PASSION & LOVE FOR THE SEA

ON THE ISLAND OF CAPRI, ON THE CUSP OF THE SUMMER SEASON, HUBLOT AND ITALIA INDEPENDENT ARE LAUNCHING A NEW NAUTICALLY-INSPIRED PIECE, THE BIG BANG UNICO TEAK ITALIA INDEPENDENT 

 

This new collaboration between Hublot and Italia Independent, recently presented in Capri, pays tribute to Lapo’s passion and love for the sea by drawing inspiration from the nautical world and from his own experiences and memories within. 


31 May, Capri (Italy) – It has been several years since Lapo Elkann, Founder and Artistic Director of Italia Independent and Garage Italia, and Hublot were discussing about a nautical-related watch. And for good reasons. From his earliest childhood, Lapo was cradled by the movement of the waves, thanks to his iconic grandfather who was himself passionate about sailing. Lapo even won the fa- mous race, the Fastnet, with his brother aboard the mythical Stealth. 

Lapo Elkann’s legendary grandfather, L’Avvocato (the lawyer), Gianni Agnelli, had indeed an all- consuming passion for sailing. This was to such an extent that he was responsible for creating Az- zurra, the first Italian team and challenge to win the America's Cup. During his enthralling life, he had several yachts built so that he could indulge in his favourite sport. 


In the mid-1990s, he ordered from the naval architect German Frers an exceptional, unique sailing boat whose name Stealth was a nod to the American Air Force’s F-117 fighters which were capable of avoiding radar detection. Like these aircrafts and thanks to the visionary Gianni Agnelli, this superyacht displayed the technical characteristic, a first at the time, of the wide use of Kevlar carbon and other composite material. The yacht was characterised by cutting-edge geometrical shapes, which together with the carbon fiber black sails would have a great influence on Lapo Elkann’s work as a designer. 

 

“This new project made us aware of the unsuspected links between the world of sailing and our watchmaking expertise, including, for example, the use of materials and techniques that are at the forefront of innovation we have managed to combine with traditional teak wood. A perfect match between technology and tradition, or the very meaning of the Art of Fusion! Here, our partnership with Lapo Elkann and his brand Italia Independent takes on an emotional, creative and technical dimension.” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot 

 

Paying tribute to this passion, Hublot and Lapo Elkann have once again come together to make a watch. And what setting could be more appropriate for its presentation than the blue of the island of Capri? It was here, on 31st May, in the Hublot boutique on the main street Vittorio Emanuele, that guests were able to discover the Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent, the production of which will be limited to 100 pieces. 

 

Based on the legendary Big Bang Unico chronograph, this watch uses the style codes of the yachts of the late Gianni Agnelli, AzzurraAgnetaExtra BeatStealth and particularly the Tiketitoo, whose hull was stained a warm golden colour. The case and the push-pieces are machined in King Gold, a unique alloy of gold and platinum developed by the Hublot manufacture. On the dial, the indexes are in orange while its bezel is cut out of teak, a precious wood usually adorning the deck of the finest boats. With a 45-mm diameter and water resistance to 100 metres, the watch encloses the UNICO HUB1242 calibre house chronograph movement, which has a 72-hour power reserve. This masterpiece of technology and watchmaking expertise is visible through the sapphire glass mounted on the back of the watch. 

 

As long as I can remember, sailing has been part of my life. I have spent many hours sailing the Mediterranean, like here in Capri or off the coast of Brazil. I started very young thanks to my grandfather Gianni Agnelli love story with incredi- ble boats which I was lucky to sail on. Each of them has a special memory but Stealth has a special place not only for his unrepeated, one of kind design but also because of our victory of the Fastnet with it. I am therefore very proud to be able to pay tribute to him with this new watch. A maritime spirit that has been perfectly restored thanks to the technical expertise of our partner Hublot.” Lapo Elkann, Founder and Artistic Director of Italia Independent and Garage Italia 

 

Each model of the Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent has two straps. The first, inspired by the world of regattas, is cut out of a real boat sail in Kevlar carbon with a rubber base. The second, which is orange and striped, is made entirely of rubber. The watch is fitted with the revolutionary One Click system which means that both straps are interchangeable at whim. 

 

The 100 pieces of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Teak Italia Independent watches will be delivered in a case containing a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses whose frames uses the same teak wood as the bezel of the watch.

 

Do you fancy setting sail ? 

Technical specifications

RÉFÉRENCE : 411.OQ.1189.NR.ITI18

 

// Limited to 100 pieces //

 

 

CASE

- Diameter : 45 mm

- Thickness :15.45 mm
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100m)

- Material : Microblasted and polished king gold

- Bezel: Carbon fiber and wood upper layer
- Bezel Lug: Black composite resin

- Screws « H »: Polished and microblasted black PVD titanium

- Crown : Satin-finished and microblasted king gold with black rubber insert
- Pushers : Microblasted and polished king gold

- Lateral inserts : Black composite resin

- Case back : Microblasted king gold engraved « LIMITED EDITION » + « XXX/100 »

 

GLASS

- Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment, Hublot logo and Italia Independent logo printed on the inner side. 

- Case back Glass: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment 

 

DIAL

- Mat black skeleton

- Satin-finished gold plated appliques with orange luminescent

- Hands : Satin-finished gold plated hands with orange luminescent

 

MOVEMENT

- Caliber Hublot HUB1242

- Type: UNICO Manufacture Self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel
- Number of Components : 330

- Jewels: 38
- Frequency: 4 Hz (28'800 A/h)
- Power reserve: 72H

 

STRAP & BUCKLE

- Strap 1: Black rubber and boat sail in carbon fiber and kevlar with black stitching

- Strap 2 : Black and orange structured lined rubber

- Buckle : Black PVD Titanium with 18k King Gold insert deployant buckle clasp 

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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