Hublot dropped some seriously tasty timepieces at the recent LVMH Watch Week, and it’s enough to make your mouth water. Don’t be fooled by their sweet hues – they may be cute on the outside, but on the inside they’re pure horological muscle
Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Yellow Neon SAXEM
The mesmerising automatic tourbillon and transparent sapphire crystal dial of Hublot’s Big Bang may already be watchmaking legend, but eye-popping colour used in the making of this fluorescent fancy is something we really haven’t seen before – and it’s all thanks to its innovative material. SAXEM – an acronym for ‘Sapphire Aluminium oXide and rare Earth Material’ – was originally developed for use in satellites and lasers, and has only been seen on one watch before this – the emerald green 2019 Big Bang MP-11 SAXEM. Diamond-like in appearance and tough enough to resist hard wear, the space technology used in this material makes for a spectacular frame to the stripped-back and laid-bare movement inside, with its self-winding micro-rotor and sapphire bridges allowing for ultimate visibility of the entirely skeletonised calibre. With only 50 pieces available, if you’re hankering after the acid freshness of this technologically advanced timepiece, you’d better hurry. Shop now
Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow, Chronograph 42mm and Time-Only 40mm
The rainbow trend continues full throttle with this pair of eye-catchingly colouful Big Bangs, a non-identical twin duo that absolutely revels in its gem-set sparkle. Fully paved from case to bracelet, ruby, amethyst, blue topaz, tsavorite and a spectrum of sapphires provide the radiance, emphasised by Hublot’s proprietary King Gold hue. And then the differences begin – with the 42mm self-winding Unico movement chronograph providing the complexity and a compact 40mm and 9.25mm thick time-only version giving us light haute joaillerie goodness, there’s something here for every spectrum-lover.
“There are some watches that are serious, others less so and still others that are both at the same time,” says Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. “A fully paved Big Bang is a highly accomplished technical feat of gem-setting but, thanks to its explosion of colours, contemporary character and bright, sparkling personality, it is an exuberant accessory that confidently takes centre stage. A pairing that is 100% Hublot. The art lies in knowing how to create a fusion of both.” Shop now
Big Bang One Click Sapphire Diamond
It’s plain to see – becoming something of a signature for Hublot, the brand’s expertise in crystal-clear synthetic sapphire is appearing throughout its collections, and this LVMH Watch Week release uses it in a case combined with a diamond-set bezel to really pack a glacial punch. As Hublot’s flagship model the Big Bang is no stranger to innovation and reinvention, but this time around the effect is pleasingly subtle on the wrist. At a refined 39mm and making full use of Hublot’s penchant for high-low combos – highly polished sapphire crystal on a grooved black rubber bracelet – this time-only piece gives off an aura of monochrome chic, the indices and numerals seemingly floating on the sapphire dial above the self-winding movement. With a power reserve of 50 hours, water resistant to 100m and with a limited run of 200 pieces, this timepiece is a light-filled breath of fresh air. Shop now
Spirit of Big Bang Toubillon Purple Sapphire
Pushing the boundaries of what can be done with synthetic sapphire, Hublot once again prove their prowess in this stunning material with this purple crowd-pleaser. Transparency is at the timepiece’s core, extending right down to the translucent rubber strap. The beating heart of the movement’s tourbillon sits at six o’ clock, anchoring the dynamic layout of the HUB6020 manual-winding movement, its five-day power reserve indicator floating daintily to the left, and the time indicator to the upper right. It all sits above a complex, skeletonised cage, with each part of the movement fascinatingly exposed to the naked eye – all the more inviting to keep your watch fully wound. Hublot tout this timepiece as ‘a new frontier in the art of sapphire’, and that it may be. But there’s no doubt that, to lovers of this princely hue, it’s the combo of vibrant violet with the gunmetal-life movement that really steals the show. Shop now
Available at Hublot Boutiques in The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Galleria Mall Abu Dhabi.
- Words by Rachel Silvestri