Hublot Celebrates 10 Years Of Big Bang At BaselWorld
Hublot was in a celebratory mood this year at Baselworld. The Swiss manufacture marked the 10th anniversary of one of the watch industry’s most iconic models, the Hublot Big Bang, as well as the release of some remarkable new timepieces for 2015.
In 2005, then-CEO Jean-Claude Biver unveiled what would become a new classic: the first Big Bang, known as the Hublot Big Bang Gold Ceramic. Mr. Biver, who is now president of Hublot and president of the watch division of LVMH – succeeded as Hublot CEO by Ricardo Guadalupe – marked the occasion by unveiling three new Big Bang pieces.
Each of the three anniversary models incorporates classic Big Bang elements. The new Big Bang Unico houses Hublot’s UNICO column wheel chronograph movement. The caliber’s double clutch is visible on the dial, as well as the date chapter ring. Produced in Hublot’s proprietary 18K scratch-resistant Full Magic Gold, it features a new one-click strap system that allows the Big Bang Unico’s strap to be changed quickly and easily. Only 250 pieces will be produced.
The next anniversary watch is the Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator. Also in Full Magic Gold, this 50-piece limited edition was designed, developed, and produced in-house. The open-worked dial showcases the HUB6016 hand-wound skeleton movement, with a one-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Functions include hours and minutes, as well as a power reserve indicator.
Finally, the Big Bang “10 Years” Haute Joaillerie is a dazzling take on this classic design. Ten unique versions of this model will be produced, each priced at $1 million. These pieces are truly jaw dropping; for example, the full black version features 653 black baguette diamonds, the full white version features 653 white baguette diamonds, the blue version features 653 baguette diamonds and blue baguette sapphires, and the red version features 653 baguette diamonds and baguette rubies.