The latter uses a stencil-style amounts ring which may actually be seen almost in complete behind the dialup, and the index for the present date is at 3 o’clock. Frankly, the date is one of the less legible aspects of dialup, but frankly, I love it being second to the time because, while I enjoy having the date on a dial, I don’t always need to look at it. Moreover, occasionally I decide not to place the date (idle), and that I really don’t like a super conspicuous date window informs me constantly I haven’t properly set it.So, overall, I have a lot of praise for your HUB1242, and that seems to be the consensus among the people who ask to check out the Big Bang UNICO off my wrist. This latter practice is something I eagerly look forward to – especially when someone who I know is not traditionally an Hublot enthusiast wants to take a look at it. The practice is almost the same every time – they take what they think is a big garish watch in their hands, just to spend a great deal of time intimately looking at the dial and movement and stating something like “which is actually pretty great.” I like to sometimes respond with, “damn right it is. Do you think I’d like a brand with a crappy merchandise?” No, I don’t enjoy brands using crappy products, and Hublot is certainly not one of those. . Hublot now makes some very strong watches whose moves stand up there with some of the best. Yes, they are pricey – welcome to “luxury anything.”
Hublot is probably among the least understood luxury brands round (particularly in the wrist watch kingdom) – particularly because so many men and women think that they know it. The notion is that delicate businesses are those that don’t cope well with criticism or complaints. Hublot receives more than its fair share of negative comment from the wrist watch collector neighborhood, however the brand appears to be getting stronger all the time. Hublot is a non-fragile company that thrives on comments both positive and negative. No one at the frantic and busy business is in any way sensitive about the fact that lots of the more conservative see collectors take most opportunities to share their disapproval at the brand’s product offerings. Hublot keeps on going strong offering more of what people appear to enjoy, and also more of what seems to irritate some of the more outspoken members of this watch buff community.2015 reflects the 10-year anniversary of the Hublot Big Bang that really marks the remarkable relaunch of the Swiss watch manufacturer. Following Jean-Claude Biver sold Blancpain to the Swatch Group, he proceeded to use his earnings to purchase the then distressed Hublot – a flailing and money-losing Korean brand, with a title that means “porthole,” originally started from the early 1980s.
Red ceramic is here thanks to Hublot Big Bang Evolution Rose Gold and its materials workshop. At Baselworld 2018 Swiss Hublot will debut the first red ceramic-cased watch in the reference 411.CF.8513.RX Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic as a limited edition of 500 pieces. In all black and red, the Big Bang UNICO Red Magic will feature a red ceramic bezel and case. What’s the big deal you ask? It is all in the color.
As a piece unique for the Only Watch charity auction, Hublot did release a watch with a red ceramic bezel – that we believe was produced using the same process as the Big Bang UNICO Red Magic. What’s so special about red? It isn’t red per se but rather that ceramic is a material that simply doesn’t like to be made in all colors. Black and white ceramic in watches is no problem. Blue and brown ceramic tones have become increasingly popular. Red, however, has been a color that was simply too light to look good and in traditional ceramic case-baking processes, ends up mostly blotchy and discolored.
What did Hublot do in order to make a red ceramic material? Experiment a lot it appears. Hublot has a materials lab in Switzerland where a variety of interesting stuff has come, such as Magic Gold (a gold alloy mixed with ceramic). Red Magic ceramic is said to be about 300 vickers harder than most standard zirconium dioxide ceramic materials and then there is that perfect, uniform, cherry red color. Many people are immediately thinking of Rolex right now, and the red & blue “Pepsi bezel” GMT-Master II watch. First of all, that bezel is half blue and half red, being overall much smaller in size. Also, the red color on the Rolex is nice, but darker in color than the bright Big Bang UNICO Red Magic. Even Rolex has issues producing a half-red ceramic bezel, which is why (for now) they only use it on one 18k white gold watch model.
Hublot says that their red-colored ceramic produced by Hublot Big Bang Automatic Research & Development is patented and produced in-house. As I said, in addition to the bright red color, they claim that it is even more scratch-resistant than other ceramic materials. Hublot is a major fan of ceramic, having a larger percentage of its total production include ceramic parts even if it is just a bezel. It therefore makes sense that Hublot is pushing forward in developing new ways to render ceramic both increasingly fashionable and exciting as a luxury watch material.
Ceramic parts are first formed and then baked to harden. After they are baked they are machined to shape and then polished. One of the traditional problems with non-dark or non-pigment-free (white) ceramic is that the heat during the baking process ruins the pigments. Hublot claims that their patented process for making Red Magic ceramic uses a combination of both high-pressure and heat during the sintering process. More so, Hublot claims the process works for more colors than just red, so expect to possibly see a Big Bang Magic Blue, Magic Yellow, Magic Orange, and other colorful ceramic watch models in the near future.
In 45mm (really 45.5mm) wide, the Hublot Big Bang Original Price Big Bang UNICO is certainly more compact than the King Power, but it isn’t a massive watch. That said, it wears exceptionally comfortably. One reason for this is that it is designed to not slide around in your wrist. The particular case and grip design produce a “sandwich” effect where pressure to maintain the watch in position comes in the top and underside of your wrist even when there is excess space on the side. Therefore, regardless of the huge size of the case it is designed such that it is supposed to fit well on even medium-to-smaller wrists (like my own). OK, if cool for you is classic and reserved then it isn’t cool. If “cool” for you fits into a more standard definition of “successful risk-taking” then, yes, the Big Bang concept is cool. The exceptionally architected yet symmetrical lines along with the tapering design are equally modern but additionally proportionate. Why is the Hublot Big Bang UNICO instances a little different are the massive round chronograph pushers as well as this particular style of this hour markers and hands (that do, of course, vary somewhat from dial to dial).
The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic comes in a red ceramic case that is 45mm wide and 15.4mm thick with 100m of water resistance. The dial is given a black and red treatment with very legible matte red handset and hour markers. It’s a rather masculine and aggressive design, but not without its elegance. Even though this a cool design, I think in the future Hublot can make a red ceramic watch with even more of the overall color palette being red. Attached to the case is a quick-removable black and red rubber strap.
Powering the Big Bang Red Magic is the Hublot UNICO caliber HUB 1242 automatic chronograph movement. It operates at 4Hz with 72 hours of power reserve and is increasingly known as a durable movement that also happens to look modern (yet very “horological”). In addition to red ceramic and black resin parts in the case, Hublot uses titanium for things like bezel screws and the strap deployant. I look forward to seeing the precise hue of Red Magic ceramic in person at Baselworld 2018. The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic reference 411.CF.8513.RX will be a limited edition of 500 pieces and the price is 24,900 CHF. hublot.com