Hublot Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon is ultra light and very wildD.C. Hannay
- Hublot renders a full carbon integrated bracelet for their new Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon.
- Despite a full-sized 43mm case, the new model checks in at a featherweight 68 grams, including the bracelet.
- The visually striking movement features a suspended, skeletonised tourbillon and branded micro-rotor.
Of all the exotic materials that Hublot has utilised to create their watches, my all-time favourite has to be carbon fibre. Present in several models today, I can remember the first time I saw the original Big Bang Carbon on rubber, thinking “This watch belongs in a Formula 1 cockpit”. Of course, the Ferrari models came later, and many others, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the blacked-out menace of the original. Now, Hublot has upped the ante on exotic materials with a full carbon integrated bracelet for the new Hublot Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon. This is the watch you’re wearing when you get pulled over for drifting your Pagani through the streets of Monte Carlo. Let’s have a look at this Watches & Wonders mic drop.
Different from the typical appearance of traditional woven black carbon fibre, the new Hublot has a silvered look that brightens and highlights the depth of the weave. This is due to a construction that layers the carbon with a composite called Texalium, composed of fibreglass and 99.99% pure aluminium, which improves impact and scratch resistance. The weight is purported to be the same as pure carbon fibre, but with a livelier appearance and improved durability.
All the typical Big Bang hallmarks remain, including the porthole-like screwed bezel, the bold case contours, and the sculpted lines of the recently introduced integrated bracelet (available in yellow gold, titanium, and ceramic models as well). Some may associate heft with luxury, but as evidenced by carbon’s use in high performance applications like bicycle frames and auto racing components, you could say that an ultra-lightweight timepiece is the ultimate flex.
But it’s not only the case and bracelet material that’s high performance: there’s a whole other story with the tourbillon movement on full display. The autowinding HUB6035 runs at 21,600 VpH and has a power reserve of 72 hours, which is quite good for a micro-rotor. But beyond the performance, the movement just looks seriously hot.
It’s got a newly created skeletonised backplate that evokes the geometric aesthetic of a monochromatic Mondrian painting, and the bulk of the other components are openworked as well. The branded micro-rotor sits proudly at 12, and the skeletonised tourbillon at 6, suspended by transparent sapphire bridges. A tourbillon is certainly an anachronistic display of watchmaking prowess, but God, are they fun to watch. And isn’t that the point?
With the winning combination of a full carbon look, matching integrated bracelet, and the visual heat of the tourbillon whirring away in its openworked microcosm, the Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon is a seriously racy option for fans of the ultra light and exotic. But be warned: the limited edition of 50 is likely to disappear as quickly as a hypercar on a flying lap.
Hublot Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon pricing and availability:
The Hublot Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon is priced at CHF120,000, limited to 50 pieces. Availability is TBA.
|Big Bang Integrated Tourbillon Full Carbon
|43mm (D) x 14.15mm (T)
|Carbon fibre, Texalium, titanium caseback
|Carbon fibre and Texalium with black-plated titanium
|HUB6035 automatic tourbillon
|Hours, minutes, tourbillon
|TBA, limited to 50