Hublot has teamed up with the initiative Save Our Rhino Africa/India (SORAI) to create the fetching, limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI.
Stylised to mimic the tonal colours of Africa’s vast bush land, the new Big Bang Unico SORAI’s 45mm case is finished in microblasted beige ceramic, as is the watch’s bezel. Providing a stark contrast, the chronograph pushers and the crown of the limited edition watch are finished in a black composite resin.
The dial of the Unico SORAI has been given the same aesthetic treatment, and the openwork-skeletonised movement is finished in matt beige, while the running seconds sub-dial displays the distinctive SORAI logo – a white rhino.
The movement itself is Hublot’s self-winding HUB1242, and in addition to featuring a flyback chronograph complication containing both a column wheel and dual clutches, the watch also features a date complication and offers customers up to 72 hours of power reserve.
The Unico SORAI is paired with two different straps: a beige NATO bracelet and a camouflage rubber bracelet that features some world-first technology.
Essentially, through the employment of an innovative vulcanisation technique, Hublot is able to create a distinctive camouflage theme that is drawn onto the rubber bracelet with unbelievable accuracy – one-tenth of a millimetre, to be precise.
Just 100 examples of the limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI will be created, and the recommended Australian retail price is $31,100.
And while that may seem like a fair chunk of change, it’s going towards a very good cause, as Hublot will be donating a large proportion of the funds raised from the sale of the watches directly to Care for Wild and the South African National Parks agency.
This is great news because, according to SORAI, the entire Rhino population is at threat of total extinction by 2025, due almost entirely to illegal poaching.