HANDS-ON: Hublot has nailed the 2020 mood with the most cheerful shade of sky blue for this Big BangZach Blass
Let’s face it – blue is a very saturated colour throughout the novelties of 2020. This is not necessarily due to a lack of creativity. If anything, it is fan service: brands truly working to provide what the people want. Hublot, on the other hand, is not one to just follow a trend – they find a way to tweak it in their moderate moments, and disrupt the hell out of it at their most extreme. And thus, they have created a new answer to the blue craze with the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue. Leveraging their innovative approach to materials, design and fabrication, Hublot presents a compelling candidate for the most interesting blue watch of 2020.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is 45mm in case diameter, and is made from Hublot’s masterfully constructed and crafted sky blue and white ceramic. The ceramic is executed with contrasting satin-brushed and high-polished finishes. The ceramic material used isn’t just aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is also a tough and strong material that is highly robust with an extraordinary degree of shock and scratch resistance.
The contrasting finishes applied to the ceramic, especially the polished facets, will be well preserved in the long run as the material is far less prone to scratching – ensuring the watch will always be as beautiful as the day you bought it. To top it all off, the case is water resistant to 100 metres – providing little reason to bench the watch to protect it from the physicality of daily wear.
The skeletonised dial is a gorgeous city of gears beneath the AR-coated sapphire crystal. Its grey-toned hands, numerals, markers and running seconds register float like clouds inside the warmth of the case-matching sky-blue minutes track. The elapsed minutes register is also rendered in sky blue and tastefully frames the date within – subtly and legibly presenting the date for those who need it. In darker settings, the dial will light up like the night sky, with the hands, numerals, markers and registers all glowing like the stars above as a result of their Super-LumiNova coatings.
Hublot provides solid options that create different looks and feels for the watch. The first strap is a full white fabric strap, infinitely adjustable due to its velcro-secured design that can be sized easily for a perfect fit.
The second is a blue and white rubber strap, its centre dominated with a matching sky blue tone, framed in white outer flanks. The case colours seamlessly blend into the rubber strap, with white aspects of the case integrating into the white of the strap, and the blue integrating into the blue. Fortunately, you are never limited to one or the other – as these straps require zero assistance from a watchmaker to swap in and out. A quick-release system allows the wearer to seamlessly pair whichever strap they would like with ease.
Don’t be fooled by the pretty sky blue — this watch means business, inside and out. The in-house manufacture caliber HUB1242 self-winding chronograph movement features a column wheel for butter-smooth start and stop actuation, and even goes a step further with a mind-easing flyback complication that allows the wearer to reset the chronograph without having to stop the timer first.
Comprised of 330 parts with 38 jewels, the HUB1242 boasts 72 hours of power reserve – enough to leave the watch running for an entire weekend without wear. Although I seriously doubt purchasers of the watch will want to separate their wrists from the watch for that long.
Hublot continually pushes the boundaries of design, a much-needed daredevil in a conventional and traditional industry. Usually, watches are technically innovative internally, with a focus of new in-house calibers. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue is an example of innovation, inside and out. If the watch has a polarising look, it is only because of how original and distinct the design is to the Hublot brand. The watch presents a youthful take on the colour blue to create a unique offering unavailable from any other manufacturer. If you consider yourself ahead of the trend, and a pioneer in wrist fashion, then the Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue should definitely find a home in your collection.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sky Blue pricing and availability:
The Hublot Big Bang Sky Blue watch is AUD$30,000 and is a limited edition of 100 pieces. For more details, visit Hublot right here.
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