VIDEO: It’s never overcast with the new Hublot Big Bang Integral Sky BlueZach Blass
Each day, when you step outside, it is always great start to a morning to look up and see a clear blue sky. As a master of materials, Hublot has captured that essence within their ceramic with this dreamy hue that’s adjacent to Tiffany blue. Sky blue is not a new hue for Hublot, but at Watches & Wonders it finally made its debut in the Big Bang Integral collection.
Its ceramic case is 42mm in diameter and 13.45mm, primarily satin-brushed with accents of high polish on the bevelled and angular facets of the lugs and outer perimeter of the bezel. This finishing style extends from the 100m water-resistant case to its colour-matching ceramic bracelet, the top-facing facets brushed and the shouldering sloped facets of the links polished. The result is a level of light play on par with metallic references. While the case and bracelet are made of ceramic, the h-screws within the bezel and the butterfly folding clasp of the bracelet are executed in titanium to ensure the watch remains lightweight and comfortable on the wrist.
The openworked dial allows you to peer into the front of the movement, and this view notably has the quirk of having the column wheel on its front-side – so you can see the mechanism in action as you start and stop the chronograph just above the sixth hour index. Paired with the sky blue accents of the registers and outer minutes track, you have an openworked date wheel in grey – the current date numeral resting above a white backdrop.
The date complication assumes the 3’ position in tandem within the 60-minute elapsed minutes register, taking the place of the 15 numeral for the sixty minute scale. At 9’, you have a running seconds register, so while appearing bi-compax in style there is no elapsed hours register. In terms of luminosity, all of the clawed indices that extend out from the outer minutes track, the central hours and minutes hands, as well as both the register hands are filled with SuperLuminova® – so you have very high legibility in darkness for sure.
Inside and visible beneath an exhibition caseback is the in-house MHUB1280 Unico 2 manufacture self-widing flyback chronograph movement with a weekend-proof power reserve of 72 hours. With its column-wheel architecture, you are treated to crisp yet butter-smooth actuation, as well as removing any jump or stutter to the hand. And as a flyback chronograph, you can hit the reset pusher at the 4’ side of the case without stopping the chronograph first. The finish is industrial yet attractive, its aesthetic future-forward like the externals of each piece.
Hublot Big Bang Integral Sky Blue pricing and availability:
The Hublot Big Bang Integral Sky Blue is available now as a limited edition of 250 pieces. Price: $33,600 AUD, $24,100 USD