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THE HUBLOT RANGE

Adding a Splash of Colour to the Collection SPIRIT OF BIG BANG Hublot combines light and colour in its latest collection.

Hublot’s love of colour infuses the Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase with four new models in blue, purple, orange and pink. Matching strap, quartz dial, sand-blasted moon phase disc, hands, indices and stone-set bezel all set the tone of this vivid monochrome collection.

This year Hublot has brought light and colour together, taking the brilliant intensity of the moon and infusing it with the season’s on-trend colours - indigo blue for denim lovers, bold purple for an ultraviolet look, vibrant orange for an upbeat take on time and bubblegum pink for a rose-tinted outlook.

Inside the iconic 42 mm tonneau case, beneath its sapphire crystal, the openworked architecture of the HUB1770 hand-wound skeleton movement is enhanced by a quartz dial made from silicon dioxide and aluminium oxide melted at high temperature. The quartz is coloured by the addition of a mixture of “rare earth elements”. With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, the dial requires specific cutting technology and expert mastery of the materials to create a uniform whole.

The monochrome setting extends to the minutest details, with the semi-transparent sand-blasted disc revealing two alternating moons, also in matching shades. A play of contrasts and colours that focuses the eye on the arresting complication at 6 o’clock. A lunar cycle is reproduced in a large round window that completes one revolution every two lunar months.

This two-hand model features a small second at 9 o’clock and a large date displayed on a double analogue disc between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock.

Accentuating the piece’s impression of depth and geometry, the Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase alternates polished, satin-finished titanium or King Gold with coloured flat surfaces. Its bezel is set with 48 blue, orange or pink sapphires, or amethysts. The strap, in alligator stitched onto natural black rubber, perfectly matches the four colours of the watch. Water-resistant to 100 metres, the Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase has a power reserve of 50 hours.

A truly indulgent horological mechanism and complication.

MECHANISM EXPOSED

Sapphire, the new Holy Grail of Hublot.

Returning to the codes of watchmaking, always in search of excellence and audacity, Hublot has defined its invisible visibility concept as a mega-trend. A watch that tells you everything, reveals everything, takes on everything, from its case middle to its motor, from its heart to its soul, and whose transparency introduces itself up to its structured silicone-lined strap.

Unveiling all of its construction and its skeletonised movement, the Spirit of Big Bang in sapphire allows the ultra-lightweight and a minimalist style both visually and when worn.

The upper part of the case with the bezel, the two end caps and the lower part including the back and the crystal revealing the movement, are made from 4 blocks of machined sapphire. The barrel shape of the case was an additional challenge, including the development of a new machine and new processes to polish its components while offering an optimal finish. This procedure was made all the more delicate since the total transparency of the sapphire tolerates no marks associated with the machining operations.

Thanks to 3D machining and almost 100 hours of work, the Spirit of Big Bang Sapphire is as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond (9 on the Mohs scale, versus 10 for diamond). The only visible elements that remain are the crown, pushers, case screws, the 6 H-shaped screws of the bezel and the deployant buckle clasp, cut from titanium, and the components of the movement. Released in only 250 pieces, the Spirit of Big Bang Sapphire is waterproof to 50 metres.

A minimalist style made of clarity, purity and transparency. A watch that bears witness to a new trend.

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