Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Limited Edition

To create this exceptional timepiece, Hublot has partnered with Sang Bleu, a multidisciplinary artistic platform founded by Maxime Büchi.

Its construction is reminiscent of the symbolism in the geometric shapes so dear to Sang Bleu. It evokes the harmonious and proportional relationships derived from Leonard de Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Symmetric effects that have guided Humanity since the dawn of time and that have created the greatest architectural projects in the world. Shapes that characterize Maxime Büchi’s tattoo designs and echo the quest for perfection and the worship of symbols that bring his work to life.
Celebrated during Fashion Week in London in February, the collaboration between Hublot and Sang Bleu takes the form of a glass and metal sculpture. A work made of singular shapes spatially transposing the visual codes that create the watch’s architecture. A unique motif, drawn out by the subtle play and superposition of rings and squares, not only evokes the quadrature of the circle but also tells the time in an audacious manner.
A brand-new, totally redesigned Big Bang, which sees its lines beveled, cut by the geometric effect. The bezel of the Big Bang sees its roundness shaped into a hexagon. These facets confer a three-dimensional effect upon it. The matt black dial presents a wide black satinfinish circular flange stamped with the hours.

The numerals created for this piece by Maxime's typeface-design agency SwissTypefaces SARL. As for the seconds counter, it appears discreetly on the metal sculpture that dresses the dial. Curves that contrast with the piece as a whole. As if to reinforce its mysterious spirit and give time another dimension, no hand appears on the dial. The time is displayed through the superposition of three rhodium plated octagonal-shaped discs. The largest disc indicates the hours, while the small one marks the minutes. To make it easier to tell the time, one of the tips of the hours and minutes octagons is in white Superluminova. As for the seconds, these tick by in the center on a black disc stamped with the H of Hublot and the stylised hourglass of Sang Bleu.
Available in a run of 200 pieces, the titanium Big Bang Sang Bleu follows the rhythm of the Unico manufacture movement, which has been entirely remodeled without a chronograph and redesigned in order to tell the time through three discs. As for the oscillating weight, its silhouette features the triangular codes of the Sang Bleu logo.
The motifs of the dial are extended to the 45-mm titanium case which is engraved to resemble the geometry of the sculpture. The Big Bang Sang Bleu is held on a black calfskin strap. Sewn onto rubber, it is hot stamped in a gradient from black to gray. As a reminder of the collaboration, the Sang Bleu logo is engraved on the back of the strap.

Technical details
Model: BIG BANG SANG BLEU
Reference 415.NX.1112.VR.MXM16 — Limited edition of 200 pieces

Case
Satin-finish and polished Titanium with engraved geometric Maxime Büchi design
Diameter: 45 mm
Bezel: Hexagonal bezel, satin-finish and polished Titanium with 6 Titanium H shaped screws
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Glass: Sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Black rubber and satin-finish Titanium
Back: Satin-finish Titanium with "Limited Edition 200NUM" engraving ; Sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Dial
Black dial with Maxime Büchi design
Hands: Octagonal skeleton hands, rhodium-plated

Movement
UNICO HUB1213 mechanical movement with automatic winding
No. Components: 255 (28 rubies)
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Oscillating weight: Geometric design by Maxime Büchi

Strap
Calfskin with grey gradient and black rubber with geometric inscriptions by Maxime Büchi, and Titanium folding clasp

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