New Watch! • 11 Jan 2023
Hublot Novelties at LVMH Watch Week 2023
The Nyon watch manufacture disrupts yet again. From colourful rainbow gem-set creations to bright neon colours in an exploration of new materials, Hublot’s latest releases truly reflect their philosophy.
Double Rainbow – Two New Big Bang Integrated Rainbow Watches
For this first watchmaking event of 2023, Hublot presents a pair of Big Bang watches that revel in the art of bejewelled setting. The new Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow chronograph and Big Bang Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow is an explosion of colour, contemporary character and bright, sparkling personality.
Cut from Hublot’s proprietary King Gold alloy, the alternating flat satin-finished surfaces and polished chamfers on the case, bezel and bracelet are fully paved with with a river of translucent gemstones of rubies, amethysts as rubies, amethysts, blue topaz, tsavorite, as well as a spectrum of sapphires of pink, orange, blue and yellow, all individually set by hand by master craftsman.
The two Rainbow models are adorned with a river of translucent gemstones, fully paved on the case, bezel and bracelet. Precious stones such as rubies, amethysts, blue topaz, tsavorite, as well as a spectrum of sapphires of pink, orange, blue and yellow, have been individually set by hand by master craftsman. The black dial offers a monochrome backdrop to the radiant rainbow setting. This is echoed by the black rubber “ears” at either side at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, emblematic of Hublot’s Art of Fusion philosophy.
The larger 42mm Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow houses the Unico manufacture movement, a self-winding skeleton chronograph calibre with a 3-day power reserve. The watch is set with 174 precious stones on its case, bezel and dial, and 768 gemstones on the King Gold bracelet.
The smaller Big Bang Integrated King Gold Rainbow Time Only is more compact in its 40mm case – the first time this case size has been offered in the Big Bang Integral collection. With 176 gemstones on the case, bezel, and dial, and bracelet featuring 748 precious stones, its compact height of 9.25mm is the perfect fusion of Haute Horlogerie technicity and Haute Joaillerie levity.
Shining Bright – Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Neon Yellow
Continuing the exploration of SAXEM, a material that allows Hublot to obtain vibrant translucent colours, the latest in this adventure is the Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic in neon yellow. SAXEM, an alloy of aluminium oxide (the basic component of sapphire) with rare earth elements such as thulium, holmium and chromium, is ultra-resistant, extremely brilliant, and has greater stability in shaping, allowing it to be fully polished. Housing the HUB6035 self-winding Manufacture calibre, the open-worked movement is free from visual clutter, echoing the transparency of its case. The limited edition of 50 pieces comes with a neon yellow textured rubber strap and a titanium deployant buckle. The proprietary One Click system allows for easy strap changes without the need for additional tools.
Saving Rhinos – Big Bang Unico SORAI
Hublot has been supporting the Save Our Rhinos Africa India (SORAI) since 2019, an organisation founded by Hublot ambassador and former international cricket star Kevin Pietersen to keep rhinos threatened with extinction safe from poachers. This third limited edition features a micro-blasted and polished 44mm grey ceramic case with matching matte grey skeleton, featuring a rhinoceros applique at 9 o’clock. The colours on the markers and straps evoke that of a sunset, a reminder of the heightened danger faced by rhinos as night falls, with the sun as a symbol of hope, a new dawn. Limited edition of 100 pieces.
Back to the Beginnings – Classic Fusion Original
Hublot brings back the watch that shook up conventions in 1980. Both refined and sporty, this precious gold case strapped on a simple rubber strap, unthinkable at the time, sent huge shock waves through the world of fine watchmaking. By winning over an audience of connoisseurs who were searching for different watch products, so began a tireless visionary momentum, impelled by audacity. This vision inspires the Maison in everything it does, including new product development, designs and partnerships. The Classic Fusion Original celebrates this youthful maturity with timeless simplicity.