Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent

Hublot is launching the new Big Bang UNICO model designed in collaboration with the Italian brand, Italia Independent. This collaboration has created a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium®, whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand.

By now well accustomed to carbon fibre cases, Hublot wanted to go even further in its search for this material, to achieve even more colour variations. Texalium® is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fibre; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fibre.
This new Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is available in two colour ways – grey or blue – and is guaranteed to electrify the wrist of anyone wearing it. A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced.
Each watch comes in a customised Italia Independent display case, complete with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses as a bonus gift for Big Bang customers; as high-tech as the watch itself, the frame of these stylish sunglasses is also made from Texalium®. Handmade in Switzerland and Italy, these sunglasses benefit from the highest level of expertise. They are the fusion of a unique, pure, elegant and contemporary design, exclusive to Hublot, with high performance adaptable lenses and a high-tech Texalium® frame – a remarkable technical feat.
The strap itself is made from denim fabric with grey or black studs, as typically seen on luxury shoes. The strap benefits from the interchangeable "One Click" system, which enables its wearers to choose from a wide range of straps as they like.
Once again, this Big Bang Unico Italia Independent also features Hublot's manufacture chronograph movement – the UNICO. It is THE house engine. 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. The power reserve is approximately 72 hours. Watertight to 10 ATM (100 m).

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG UNICO Italia Independent

411. YT.1110.NR.ITI15 – 500-piece limited edition
411. YL.5190.NR.ITI15 – 500-piece limited edition

Diameter 45 mm in Texalium®
Bezel: Grey or blue Texalium®; 6 H-shaped screws countersunk, polished and locked, in titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey)
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and the Hublot & Italia Independent logos in grey or blue
Bezel lugs: Black or blue composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black or blue composite resin
Crown: Titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey) with black over-moulded rubber Hublot logo
Push-pieces: Titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey)
Case-back: Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment; Grey or blue Texalium®
Water resistance 10 ATM, i.e. approx. 100 metres

Skeleton with varnish in matt black (grey) or anthracite grey (blue)
Black or blue indices with black or blue Super Luminova™, depending on the version
Hands: Black or blue with Super Luminova™ in a matching colour

HUB 1242 UNICO movement with PVD treatment in black (grey) or anthracite grey (blue), developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot Automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel and double clutch visible on the dial side
Date: Grey window at 3 o'clock
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Denim (grey or blue) on black rubber with countersunk studs in titanium (blue) or black PVD-coated titanium (grey)
Interchangeable system
Clasp: Carbon fibre deployant buckle

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