Hublot is no stranger to coloured sapphire cases, but never have we seen this delicious colour in any wrist-worn wonder, from Hublot or anyone else. ..Well, who else would be up for this flavour of Vitamin See that will have everybody eyeballing your wrist?
As the boldest, brightest spark of colour in the LVMH Watch Week press conference this morning, it literally caused me to jump a measurable few inches from my chair. Like a blood orange blood infusion of Haute Horologie, the (deep breath) Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire has a name as long as its impact is strong (rhyme intented). The HBBTAOS is lit.
Even if we are used to the Big Bang series being bold with capital letters, after all these years they still manage to knock our socks off with pure audacity. Again and again. How? The orange sapphire is a peachy sapphire tinted with titanium and chromium, incredibly hard to machine, and to give us another jolt of surprise, with a brand new semi-transparent automatic movement which comes tourbillon equipped.
More full size Jaffa orange than demure mandarin, the 45mm x 15.3 is neither svelte nor slim, but what the hell, this dramatic wristwear needs to be seen at all times, why on earth would you want to hide this under a shirt sleeve.
On a more serious note, the movement is as delicate in detail as the case is wild, with the MHUB6035 movement micro-industrial in its form, with an intricate latticework of fine detail, and the sedately ticking tourbillon taking centre stage.
A 72 hour power reserve means that it doesn’t matter that you will be transfixed and unmoveable when you strap it on, should you be one of the 50 to secure one. Merveilleuse, Hublot, and Bravo! Just when we thought we had seen most of your Big Bang arsenal, this comes along to offer yet another shade of boldness and bravura to the wristflex rainbow.
The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire, pricing and availability:
The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Automatic Orange Sapphire will be available in Hublot boutiques and online from Hublot. Price: $ 169,000 USD