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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hublot is Still Making Noise with its Big Bang Watches

Mathilde Krim, amfAR chairman, and Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot CEO, at the opening of the Hublot New York boutique on May 11. Krim is holding the Big Bang Magic amFAR timepiece.
A few years ago Swiss luxury watch company, Hublot, introduced its Million Dollar Big Bang watch, a tourbillon timepiece covered with diamonds. It was big hit, generating a great amount of press and interest and leading the company, headed by the flamboyant Jean-Claude Biver, to create other editions of the timepiece. Recently, the company unveiled several new pieces to the collection. They include the following:

Three Million Dollar Big Bang. This is a timepiece with blinding bling and superior function. The 18k white-gold bracelet, the visible parts of the watchcase and the dial are paved with more than 637 baguette diamonds, weighing more than 140 carats. The creation required 45 gemcutters and 2,000 hours of work by master gemsetters to cover this watch in diamonds. The watch also contains an in-house made caliber HUB 6003 manually wound tourbillon movement with off-centered time display.

Big Bang Leopard. For the ladies, there’s a version of the Big Bang that is feminine and wild. The strap is covered in a leopard print made of denim. The dial, in the same leopard print, is enhanced with yellow diamond hour markers. The case and bezel are made of 18k red gold. The bezel is set with smoked quartz, andalusites and citrine stones. The 41 mm watch contains an HUB4300 automatic chronograph movement.

Big Bang Black Caviar. Made entirely from ceramic, it is 30 percent lighter than steel. The watch is scratchproof, anti-allergenic, unalterable and rust-proof, including the crown and dial. The design is inspired by the One Million Dollar Black Caviar Big Bang (covered with more than 500 black diamonds weighing 34.5 cts.) using the concept of “invisible visibility,” designed to blend in to the background while still being visibly bold. It is bedecked in uniform shades of black with its ceramic reliefs designed, cut, beveled and polished like the baguette black diamonds of its more expensive sibling. The 41 mm diameter timepiece is equipped with an HUB1112 automatic mechanical movement. It has a date window at 3 o'clock and comes with a black rubber strap. It also has a 42-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Big Bang All Black Carbon. Completely black, completely matt, and true to Hublot's concept of "invisible visibility," this is the first time that a Big Bang watch is made entirely from carbon fiber. Its black HUB4100 movement (black PVD, ruthenium and black gold coating) extends the all black carbon concept to the whole piece, for a light, stealthy look. It comes with a black alligator gummy strap with a black natural rubber inner surface.

Big Bang Magic amFAR. This is a 100-piece limited edition watch created to support the amfAR global struggle against HIV/AIDS. The design celebrates the organization’s 25th anniversary. The watch has a 44 mm black ceramic case and bezel and houses a self-winding chronograph movement and rubber-alligator strap with the amfAR colors and logo. Biver and amfAR founding chairman, Mathilde Krim, unveiled the watch at the opening of its New York City Boutique on May 11.