Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire

The Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire brings together several of legends and innovations: an iconic watch, a Hublot movement, a historic signature and an acclaimed innovative material. Drawing on the mastery and expertise acquired in machining sapphire, it is pushing the boundaries even further by optimising the components while simplifying the construction of the case.

In 2016, Hublot heralded a new era in the high end watchmaking by launching Big Bang Unico Sapphire watch collection: A first in terms of the machining of sapphire that it made more ‘widespread’ by successfully shaping it for more than just very limited series. Capitalising on this unique savoir-faire, it cut 500 new Big Bang cases out of this material that is almost as hard as a diamond. A complex material, the most scratch-resistant and the most crystalline that exists, sculpted into the form of the iconic Big Bang case.
In its ongoing quest for excellence, Hublot combined all the experience it had acquired from the Big Bang Unico Sapphire and Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black models onto the development of this new edition. A watch in ‘less is more’ mode featuring a simplified construction that is easier to assemble and, in addition, offers greater transparency and resistance. A greater visibility inside the case which no longer has titanium inserts for the bezel and the back. A greater shock resistance with one-piece components for the bezel and the back.
A fusion of the visible and the invisible, the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire, a watch that makes the complex simple, and the ordinary extraordinary, and yet seems to be of a completely natural obviousness. The middle, bezel and back of the case display total transparency and contrast with the finishing and textures of the dial which have assumed the emblematic aesthetic ‘Black Magic’ codes—a black skeleton dial sporting the iconic red second hand. As for the strap, it comes in natural black rubber, the historic material of the brand. The duality between the visible and the invisible sets the tone for this piece. Under the effect of the transparency and the skeletal aspect, the mechanics of Unico HUB124 manufacture movement and its column wheel positioned on the dial side come into play. In terms of water resistance, this new edition can be used for diving up to 50 metres.
A piece that confirms Hublot’s pioneering and audacious spirit, having punctuated its history with innovations and firsts, the driving force behind its achievements nourished by its experience, curiosity and furious desire to always move forward. After months of developments, investments of several million and without making it lose its unique nature and rarity, Hublot has now raised sapphire to the ranks of its distinctive and exclusives ‘basic pieces’.

Technical details
Model: Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire
Reference 411.JX.1170.RX – Limited to 500 pieces

Case
Diameter 45 mm, in polished sapphire
Bezel; Polished sapphire; 6 Titanium H-shaped screws — sunken, polished and blocked
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment and Hublot logo
Bezel lug: Polished transparent composite resin
Crown; Titanium with satin finish
Push-pieces: Titanium with satin finish
Back: Polished sapphire
Water resistance 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres

Dial
Black matt, skeleton
Appliques and Hands With white luminescent coating

Movement
HUB 1242 UNICO movement developed and manufactured by Hublot
Automatic chronograph flyback with column wheel and double coupling visible on dial side
Date Window at 3 o’clock
Power reserve: Around 72 hours

Strap
Black structured ribbed rubber
Clasp: Titanium folding buckle

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