Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the iconic Big Bang
On 18 March at Baselworld 2015, the annual global watch fair in Switzerland, Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and President of the Watch Division of LVMH, and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, unveiled the 2015 Hublot novelties culminating in a $10 million collection, the Big Bang Unico “10 Years” Haute Joaillerie. A very special year for the brand. 10 years ago, the BIG BANG was launched; now a watchmaking icon and a perfect illustration of the Art of Fusion concept, which is at the heart of Hublot. 2015 thus represents the 10th Anniversary of what is today, the brand’s signature collection. Bar Refaeli, the new Hublot feminine ambassador, and Andrea Tessitore, CEO of Italia Independent, joined Hublot to celebrate this 10th anniversary at Baselworld.
10 years have passed since Hublot unveiled its first Big Bang – the Big Bang Gold Ceramic. In spring 2005, Jean-Claude Biver, along with his team, led by Ricardo Guadalupe, created this new Hublot model – the starting point for a new collection. And how far they have come since 2005: the BIG BANG, now the brand’s signature collection, has met with phenomenal success. A perfect illustration of the Fusion concept so dear to Hublot, the iconic design of the award winning BIG BANG, now a watchmaking icon, this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.
“Nothing can be born without a good idea,” states Jean-Claude Biver. His good idea came in 2005, when he came up with the name “BIG BANG”. In fact, the term “BIG BANG” is based on an idea which is central to the Art of Fusion: the combining of objects and materials which never appear together under normal conditions, for example rubber and gold. The BIG BANG is based on the element of surprise at encountering materials that are not normally found together: carbon and gold, ceramic and steel, denim and diamonds, etc.
BIG BANG UNICO HAUTE JOAILLERIE
Exceptional pieces for an exceptional event. At Baselworld 2015, Hublot is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its iconic BIG BANG with the Big Bang Haute Joaillerie. A first for Hublot, the collection includes 10 watches, each priced at $1 million. Exceptional in that, to create these pieces, three of the most complex setting techniques have been used: invisible setting, Clou de Paris setting and rail setting. The figures speak for themselves: 653 black baguette diamonds totalling 41.84 cts (full black diamond version), 653 baguette diamonds totalling 40.02 cts (full white diamond version), 653 baguette diamonds and blue baguette sapphires totalling 40.41 cts (blue sapphire version), or 653 baguette diamonds and baguette rubies totalling 40.93 cts (ruby version). Unique in the complexity of its creation.
For the first time at Hublot, the bezel is set with invisible inverted trapeziums. It is the most complex part to set using this method, as there is no material between the baguettes. On each piece, the colour of the flange on the bezel recalls the colour of the indices and the strap push-pieces. In another first, the counter surrounds on the dial are also stone-set. The complete dial, including the stone-set indices, comprises 62 baguettes. 400 hours of Research & Development and production, plus 350 hours of setting, are required to create one piece.