The notion is to comment on the clear industrial character and building of the product. These are actual functional screws along with their arbitrary arrangement is an expression of the. Hublot wants it that way and will probably retain this philosophy for the foreseeable future. Probably the most relevant competitor which does line up their screws is Audemars Piguet on their Royal Oak watches.The motive Audemars Piguet can do so is because what seems to be screw heads on the bezel are actually a style of nut – with bolts that are tightened from underneath. Speaking of Audemars Piguet, they’re the “sworn competitor” of both Hublot – that is another regular portion of watch lover conversation. Frankly, I like both brands quite a little and think they both bring a great deal of value to the table. When folks say “that the Big Bang is only a replica of this Royal Oak Offshore situation design,” I respond to “and so what if it is? “Certainly, the two products have more differences than they can do similarities, and it is not like Audemars Piguet generated the overall case in a vacuum, either. This is an industry with a great deal of brands borrowing and being inspired by one another. So long as a product takes an present theme and pulls it in a different direction that’s creative, then I’m OK with it. I have yet to meet anyone who has actually confused an Audemars Piguet having an Hublot. When that happens, I will entertain complaints of “copying.”
Article by Brian Xu
Ever since its inception, Hublot has established a reputation through partnerships in the world of sports with the likes of Ferrari and Usain Bolt, and its recent collaboration with boxer Floyd Mayweather, the Hublot Big Bang Unico TMT, is no different. The partnership first began in 2015, when Mayweather sported Hublot on his boxing shorts in his bout against Manny Pacquiao, and it now has manifested itself in the form of two watches that celebrate his 50-0 record. Both watches released in the collaboration are loud and bombastic, perfectly encapsulating Mayweather’s nickname: “Money.” The Big Bang Unico TMT comes in two variants, one called “Carbon Gold” and the other called “Yellow Gold Jewelry.” Hublot uses 3N-gold-encrusted carbon fiber for the first time ever in these two watches, decorating the case and bezel with this composite material.
This 3N-gold encrusted carbon is constructed by manually inserting gold powder into individual carbon fiber layers and then compressing them, undoubtedly a painstaking procedure. Still, though, it’s to no one’s surprise that it’s Hublot Big Bang Yellow that’s pioneering this process. For the “Carbon Gold” version, the material elicits a smoky, camouflage-like appearance that seamlessly blends the ruggedness of carbon fiber with the luxury of 18k gold. Nothing about this watch is subtle, but the carbon fiber manages to subdue the gaudiness that gold sometimes gives off. As a result, despite the gold powder scattered all over the case and bezel, the watch creates an impression of balance. Unlike some other skeleton watches, legibility isn’t a real concern, as the gold hands and sub-dials look really striking in contrast to the matte black skeleton.
On the other hand, the 3N-gold-encrusted carbon fiber generates a much different impression on the “Yellow Gold Jewelry” model, largely because of the 400+ diamonds that are set in the dial, case, and bezel, which are all satin-finished as well. It’s much, much more blinged out, and it almost looks like it could be from a completely different line. While the diamonds form a very significant part of the watch, they aren’t overpowering, like what often occurs with many other iced-out watches. Both watches share the same strap, made of black calf leather and fitted with python and gold studs, intended to resemble the shorts Mayweather wore in his victory over Conor McGregor. The studs, which might be better suited for something from a company like Gucci or Versace, make it so that the strap almost comes off as too aggressive. Nonetheless, it’s very representative of Mayweather’s boisterous personality and meshes well with the rest of the aesthetic.
What jumps out immediately on the skeleton dial on both watches is the gold “TMT” at 12 o’clock displayed in appliqué, a needlework technique that’s, interestingly enough, traditionally used in quilting and fairly rare in horology. Short for Mayweather’s lifestyle brand “The Money Team,” it’s juxtaposed with another inscription – “TBE,” or “The Best Ever” – on the sapphire caseback, which adds some more flair to an already intricate movement.
In 45mm (actually 45.5mm) wide, the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is certainly more compact than the King Power, but it isn’t a massive watch. That said, it wears extremely comfortably. One reason for this is that it’s designed to not slip around on your wrist. The particular case and grip design create a “sandwich” effect where strain to hold the eye in position comes from the top and bottom of your wrist even when there’s excessive space on both side. Therefore, despite the large size of the case it is designed such that it’s supposed to fit well on even medium-to-smaller wrists (like my own). OK, if cool for you is reserved and classic then it is not cool. If “cool” for you matches right into a more standard definition of “successful risk-taking” then, yes, the Big Bang concept is cool. The exceptionally architected yet symmetrical lines together with the tapering style are equally contemporary but also classically proportionate. What makes the Hublot Big Bang UNICO instances a little distinct are the large round chronograph pushers as well as this particular style of the hour markers and hands (that do, of course, vary somewhat from dial to dial).
Let me state here and now that I totally sympathize with watch fans who want screws to be symmetrical and line up properly on dials and cases so that the screw heads all work together in the same direction. I completely get the desire for completely harmony in most things in regards to luxury watches. However, I don’t specifically relate to this necessity to possess all of the screw heads line up. This is especially a problem on the Big Bang bezel, where the screws are screwed in and they break in whatever place they were when tightened.One of the more successful things that Hublot integrated in the Hublot Big Bang UNICO case are the pushers in the lugs to release the strap ends. Hublot cases tend to look great on a number of different strap options, and most of their watches include two straps anyway (some type of leather strap along with a back-up rubber band). Regrettably, I think that they just supply one deployant clasp – therefore for complete strap-changing advantage, you ought to get another one of those. That said, the practice of safely and easily changing straps is here, and I think that’s a core element in getting any fashionably diverse high-end watch. The process of extracting the strap-changing tool and fiddling about with it seems very backwards by the current standards when it comes to enjoying a luxury timepiece.
Although the two watches look very different, both have essentially the same technical specs. Like the other watches in Hublot’s Unico line, it measures 45mm in diameter with a thickness of 15.45mm. Although the relatively large size might put off some consumers, it’s pretty modest for Hublot’s standards. It does indeed allow for a nice glance into the famed HUB1242 Unico movement, an in-house movement that’s impressively made up of 330 hand-assembled components and holds a 3-day power reserve.
Hublot is probably among the least known luxury brands around (particularly in the wrist watch realm) – particularly because so many men and women feel that they understand it. The idea is that delicate businesses are those that don’t cope well with criticism or complaints. Non-fragile businesses, on the other hand, actually thrive in the face of criticism and sometimes even controversy. Hublot receives over its fair share of negative commentary in the wrist watch collector community, yet the brand appears to be getting more powerful all the time. Hublot is a non-fragile company that thrives on comments both positive and negative. No one in the frantic and busy business is in any way sensitive to the fact that lots of the more conservative see collectors require most chances to share their disapproval at the brand’s product offerings. Hublot keeps on going strong supplying more of what folks appear to enjoy, and also more of what seems to irritate some of the more outspoken members of this watch buff community.2015 represents the 10-year anniversary of this Hublot Big Bang that really marks the remarkable relaunch of this Swiss watch brand.
“Carbon Gold” is limited at 100 pieces at $28,300, and “Yellow Gold Jewelry” is limited to only 10 at $93,700. To top it all off, both come with a Mayweather-signed boxing glove. hublot.com
I recall visiting Hublot Big Bang 0 Finance several decades back in 2010, prior to the launch of the UNICO when it was still under development. The Hublot manufacture had substantial unfilled spaces that could eventually house production equipment to produce watch movement components. Lately, Hublot opened up a second facility adjacent to its first Nyon, Switzerland-based headquarters that they affectionately call “H2” with additional manufacturing space.The UNICO motion was always meant to offer as much as the Valjoux 7750 and then some. The 7750 is indeed ubiquitous for good reason. It’s a good workhorse movement that provides good performance, reliability, and accessible parts. The UNICO had to provide at least the same performance and reliability while adding a few components to the equation. The chronograph has any developments over this in the 7750 by including a column wheel transmission (which is neatly visible through the dial) in addition to a flyback mechanism (meaning you are able to reset the chronograph without stopping it first). This is 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 “naked” approach into the motion brings in the eye, offers a lot for movement lovers to love, and at the conclusion of the day, only looks really cool. Like the automotive world that continues to inspire high-end sport watch design such as the Hublot Big Bang UNICO, the movement is an observable engine including all the manly grandeur that comes with it.One of my favourite things related to the Hublot Big Bang UNICO is just examine the movement throughout the dial and caseback. Hublot cleverly made the dial to not just be open, but also to be very legible. Very few Hublot timepieces are difficult to read. The business knows the importance of high-contrast, legible dials that enable you to easily read the time. This task gets more complex when you have an open dial with an opinion into the motion components – frequently, the eye will be diverted between the flow and movement elements, which tends to result in poor legibility.