MORE THAN PRECIOUS
Watch out: golden treasure! An extraordinary masterpiece, where ever-so pure gold crystals magnificently illuminate two fascinating special editions crafted by the Nyon-based watchmaker.
In 2020, Hublot donned the alchemist’s gown and unveiled a surprising Classic Fusion watch. What sets it apart? The rarest form of the ultimate in noble metals just waiting to be discovered on the dial: fragments of crystallized gold! By perfectly mastering the ins and outs of material handling and by developing a technique in-house, the manufacture has now reiterated this feat with its Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal. The complex principle of production is still the same. The purest gold on Planet Earth is heated to its melting point. The emanations as such produced are comparable to vapor in which gold atoms float. When these suspended particles come into contact with a cold surface, they freeze instantly and take on random, one-of-a-kind crystalline shapes. The fruit of this fortuity is then delicately removed and imprisoned on the black dial using some twenty-odd layers of transparent lacquer. A monochrome scenography that gifts these admirable sculptures with a bespoke scenescape.
For this series, two sizes of ceramic case, boasting satin-brushed and polished finishes are proposed, a 39 mm-diameter one and a 42 mm one. Both feature a selfwinding movement. The HUB1710 caliber, beating at a rhythm of 28,000 vibrations an hour, delivers a power reserve of at least 50 hours.
A black rubber and alligator strap, attached by a folding clasp, ensures this exceptional timepiece offers optimal wearing comfort.
Price: CHF27,000 (39 mm) – CHF28,000 (42 mm) www.hublot.com
By Dan Diaconu