New Watch! • 24 Jan 2019

Hublot Unveils The New Big Bang Unico 42 mm

by Luke Carlino

Hublot’s new Big Bang Unico 42 mm is a luxurious affair. Aiming for a minimal aesthetic, there is an overwhelming focus on keeping the colour profile limited to white. These are unisex timepieces which have been designed to be timeless and versatile. Looking equally at home in a range of situations, from casual to formal.

Size Matters

These series of watches are the latest watches to take advantage of the new HUB1280 calibre that was launched in early 2018. Sitting at only 6.75 mm thick (down 1.3 mm from its predecessor), the thinner movement enabled Hublot to launch the smaller 42 mm Big Bang Unico. The newly redesigned case makes it a truly versatile watch for both small and big wrists alike. Smaller but technically superior! The Calibre HUB1280 maintains a double clutch mechanism with the column wheel viewable from the dial side. The redesign of this calibre helps to improve the view of operation through the dial.

Calibre HUB1280 inherits a number of impressive specs from its predecessor, the HUB1242 UNICO movement whilst making a number of changes. Including 4 patents (oscillating seconds clutch, chronograph friction system with ball bearing adjustment) and despite its smaller footprint manages to add an extra 24 components (bringing the total up to 354 parts) whilst bumping up the number of jewels from 38 to 43.

Timeless Simplicity

Hublot wanted the piece to be all in white (with the exception of the King Gold colourway option). There’s something inherently classic about a pair of white converse shoes and white T-shirts. It’s a distillation of what the product stands for. There’s no hiding behind eye-catching colours or superfluous patterns.  But there’s always the risk of minimalist design appearing expressionless. Cold even. Luckily for Hublot, the Big Bang Unico is expressive and iconic regardless of the colour or texture it’s made from. White, in this case, is used to tame the Big Bang, it’s grounded and measured.

+ Diamonds

Available in a polished/satin colourway with 126 diamonds, or the fully paved option that features 296 diamonds. The illustriousness of the diamonds is offset by the sporty rubber strap. Available in either titanium or King Gold, all bezels are satin-finished and polished with 6 H-shaped titanium screws. All six variants are water resistant to 100 metres and offer 72 hours of power reserve.

Final Thoughts

Perfect for those who want a big watch that doesn’t feel like a big watch, the Big Bang Unico will demand attention on the wrist while being irresistibly comfortable. The titanium version, in particular, offers a subtle break from the all-white aesthetic, but no matter which of the six models you opt for, the Unico will indeed make a statement.

Luke Carlino

Luke is a writer and musician from Melbourne, Australia. One of his earliest memories is a gift given to him by his father - his grandfather's Seiko 5606-5100 automatic watch that accompanied him during the Vietnam war. Ever since, timepieces have marked the crucial moments of Luke's life. He is never without a watch and has a particular interest in Hublot and Breitling watches.

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