By transforming the ‘savoir-faire,’ Hublot has developed the manufacturing of unique and very hard materials, such as Magic Gold, the world’s only scratch-resistant gold. Just when you thought Hublot couldn’t get any crazier, they go ahead and release a clear luxury watch. It has created 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire Luxury watch models cut straight from sapphire, without losing sapphire’s unique and rare character.
“Through the Art of Fusion, Hublot reveals all. A transparent case that reveals the soul of the luxury watch – the Unico movement – and an absolute transparency extending to the strap, which has become invisible. Beyond the symbolism and the play on words, the Big Bang is laying itself bare. It has nothing to hide and everything to show.” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
Sapphire – an extremely difficult material to machine – has until now been reserved for one-of-a-kind timepieces or very private collections. After its ambitious MP05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire project, Hublot has capitalised on the challenge that it has just met and asserts its expertise in sapphire cutting by interpreting it in a limited edition of 500 pieces. Sapphire had never previously been cut “on such a large scale”.
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It is a limited edition collection of absolute transparency that consecrates the acclaimed architecture of the Big Bang model and the performances of Hublot’s Unico movement. The case middle, bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire, a material which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamonds. Hublot has called on the expertise of a Swiss specialist as part of an exclusive partnership to develop the unique material.
Only a few pieces forming the spine of the luxury watch are made from titanium: the screws, the crown (which is over-molded with silicon), and the deployant buckle. Its skeleton dial, made from transparent resin, reveals all the gears of the proprietary Unico HUB1242 movement and its finishes. Complementing its ethereal silhouette, the luxury watch has a clear strap – transparent – is almost invisible so that the skin can be seen through it.
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