Following on from titanium and King Gold, the manufacture unveils a variation focusing on a new colored material that emphasizes the already-powerful design of this unusual timepiece even more.
Since 2016, Sang Bleu, the prestigious magazine launched by the Swiss tattoo artist and Creative Director Maxime Plescia-Büchi and Hublot has led to a partnership that aims to propose limited series boasting disruptive design on a regular basis. Each piece is imagined based on a 45 mm-diameter Big Bang case featuring reinterpreted lines. This year, the watchmaker from Nyon infuses a Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic trio with its savoir-faire in the mastery of materials. As its name suggests, the cases of these timepieces are crafted using ceramic, which is colored and set off with a satin-brushed and polished finish. But there’s more to come as the faceted hexagonal bezel and the delicately-sculpted dial also center stage this material! White, blue or gray hues reign supreme in this stylized three-dimensional geometric scenography where surprising hands, two lozenges and an arrow hover over the time data. Likewise, entwined lines ensure the small seconds and totalizer stand out from the bi-compax-positioned chronograph.
These chronographs host a selfwinding movement, equipped with a flyback function ensuring time measurements are driven efficiently. The HUB1240 caliber integrating a column wheel beats at a rhythm of 28,800 vibrations an hour and delivers a power reserve of three days. An incredible oscillating weight, crafted in line with the dial, invites to be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
These references, issued in just 200 pieces, are complemented by a rubber strap whose color matches the shade of the ceramic, and attached by a folding clasp. Thanks to the One Click system, the strap can be changed ever-so easily without the need for a tool.
Price: CHF25,900 www.hublot.com
By Dan Diaconu