LVMH Watch Week: Hublot Flashes Some Color with Stunning New Big Bang Models!
Flourishes of color and innovative materials move to the fore as Hublot kicks off 2023 in style.
The first major watch show of the calendar year, LVMH Watch Week, finishes up in Singapore today. And Hublot has used the three-day event to unveil a host of new models, including a number of fresh Big Bang iterations that showcase the watchmaker’s skill in exploiting a richly colored palette and expertise in materials innovation.
Big Bang Unico SORAI in Rhino Gray Ceramic
First up is the new Big Bang Unico SORAI, now in gray ceramic with black, purple, orange, pink, and yellow dial and matching camo strap. This watch is the third limited edition to come out of Hublot’s partnership with SORAI (Save Our Rhino Africa India), founded by South African-born, former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen to help keep rhinos threatened with extinction safe from poachers.
Hublot’s first Big Bang Unico supporting SORAI launched in 2019 and had a beige ceramic case inspired by the colors of the South African bush in winter. The second edition, released in 2021 with a green ceramic case paired with a green fabric strap, also paid tribute to the natural hues of the bush, but this time in summer. Still packing Hublot’s Unico 2 in-house automatic flyback chronograph and date movement, the latest Big Bang Unico SORAI features a glowing “sky on fire” colorway evoking sunset and sunrise.
Rhinos of the bush become especially vulnerable at nightfall as poachers take advantage of the darkness to avoid being caught by a game warden. Dusk and dawn, then, are key moments in the day for rhinos, whose tough, thick skin is recalled here by the tone of the 44mm gray ceramic case.
The watch comes with two straps: gray fabric or rubber with a black, purple, and orange camouflage design. Hublot’s One Click system allows owners to easily switch it out.
A 100-piece limited edition, the Big Bang Unico SORAI in gray ceramic is priced at $24,100. As with the two previous limited editions, a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to SORAI to support its efforts in protecting rhinos from poachers.
Big Bang Integrated & Integrated Time Only King Gold Rainbow
Three years ago, Hublot debuted its first-ever Big Bang with an integrated bracelet: A 42mm automatic flyback chronograph available in titanium, black ceramic, and platinum-infused 18K King Gold called the Big Bang Integral. The brand followed that up last year with the launch of the 40mm Integrated Time Only (well, time-and-date, to be precise) in titanium, black ceramic, and 18K yellow gold.
Now, the brand has taken its 42mm Integrated chronograph and 40mm Integrated Time Only and given them both a remarkable makeover: 18k King Gold cases and bracelets set with an array of translucent gemstones, gradated to run through all the colors of the rainbow.
Finally, to contrast with the gilded tone of the cases and resplendent gem settings, both watches have been given intense black dials, pared back to reveal elements of the in-house automatic movements powering the indications.
Big Bang One Click 39mm Sapphire Diamonds
Watchonista may have seen the Big Bang One Click 39mm sparkle in the past thanks to Hublot pairing a diamond-set bezel with a solid metal case. But now the brand is offering a 200-piece limited edition with a polished sapphire crystal case and caseback, topped by a polished stainless-steel bezel set with 42 diamonds, totaling 1.0 ct.
Meet the Big Bang One Click Sapphire Diamonds.
It is a splendid variation on the Big Bang One Click theme, with the 39mm transparent sapphire case lending an airy, ethereal quality to the watch, which comes on a black structured rubber strap with stainless steel deployant buckle. Of course, the One Click system allows owners to change out the strap with ease, so if you don’t like the rubber strap, no problem. This new model lists at $64,000.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Among other novelties Hublot has launched this week are: Two new tonneau-cased Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve models, a slimmed-down Classic Fusion Gold Crystal with vaporized gold dial motif, and three Classic Fusion Original models available in titanium, yellow gold, or Black Magic ceramic cases that are either 33mm, 38mm, or 42mm in diameter.
Stay tuned to our coverage of next week’s LVMH Watch Week in New York to get a closer look at these novelties; for more information about all of Hublot’s new releases, visit the brand’s website.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)