Hublot and Premier League champion Chelsea FC have teamed up on 2 November to celebrate the second chapter of their story. The new Chelsea watch is blue again, of course, but it is no longer a Classic Fusion model. After the Classic Fusion Chronograph Chelsea FC launched in 2016, here is the Big Bang Chelsea FC!
I remember visiting Hublot Big Bang Bavaria several decades back in 2010, prior to the release of this UNICO as it was still under development. The Hublot manufacture had substantial unfilled spaces that could eventually house production equipment to generate watch movement parts. Recently, Hublot opened up a second facility adjacent to its original Nyon, Switzerland-based headquarters that they affectionately call “H2” with added manufacturing space.The UNICO movement was always supposed to provide up to the Valjoux 7750 and then a few. The 7750 is indeed ubiquitous for great reason. It is a good workhorse movement that offers good functionality, reliability, and available pieces. The UNICO had to offer at least the identical performance and reliability while adding a few elements to the equation. The chronograph has some improvements over that in the 7750 by simply adding a column wheel transmission (that is neatly observable through the dial) in addition to a flyback mechanism (which means you can reset the chronograph without stopping it first). Thus, on paper, the UNICO provides more than the 7750 – which it’s more or less replaced – so what about visually? This is the place where the UNICO really shines because it had been created from the ground up to become less or more skeletonized and visible all the time. The “nude” approach into the motion draws in the eye, offers a lot for movement fans to appreciate, and in the end of the day, just seems really cool. Like the automotive universe that continues to inspire high-end sport watch style like the Hublot Big Bang UNICO, the movement is a visible engine with all the masculine splendor which is included with it.One of my favourite things to do with the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is just examine the movement through the dial and caseback. Hublot cleverly made the dial to not only be available, but also to be very legible. Quite few Hublot timepieces are tough to read. The company knows the value of high-contrast, legible dials that enable you to easily read the moment. This task gets more complicated when you’ve got an open dial using an opinion into the motion parts – often, the eye is diverted between the flow and movement components, which tends to result in poor legibility.
The official presentation of the Big Bang Chelsea FC took place at Stamford Bridge in the presence of Michel Pont, Hublot Big Bang 2nd Hand Football Consultant and former Assistant Coach of the Swiss National Football Team, Philippe Tardivel, Hublot Marketing Director, Benoit Lecigne, Hublot Brand Director for the UK, France, Belux, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia and Chris Townsend, Commercial Director of Chelsea FC. Chelsea FC star players Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fàbregas were also present.
The Big Bang Chelsea FC is limited to 200 pieces. It features a 44mm stainless steel case and a bezel made of carbon fiber and blue Texalium. Its blue sunray dial includes three counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the latter being engraved with “SW6”, Fulham postcode where Stamford Bridge is located.
Big Bang Chelsea FC © Hublot
Powered by a self-winding chronograph movement, the Big Bang Chelsea FC has a 42-hour power reserve. The Chelsea lion logo is situated both at 12 o’clock and on the case back crystal. To put the final touches to this all blue look, the strap comes in rubber and blue alligator with a stainless steel deployant buckle clasp.