Having discovered crystal casing for its La Ferrari watch, Hublot has proceeded to create 500 Big Bang Unico Sapphire models cut straight from blocks of transparent material.
Sapphire — an extremely difficult material to machine — has until now been reserved for one-of-a-kind pieces or private collections. After its ambitious MP05 “LaFerrari” Sapphire project, Hublot is capitalising on its newfound expertise.
With 500 pieces planned it’s a first — sapphire has not previously been cut on such a large scale.
According to Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, “The transparent case reveals the soul of the watch—the Unico movement – with an absolute transparency extending to the strap, which has become invisible. Beyond the symbolism and the play on words, the Big Bang is laying itself bare. It has nothing to hide and everything to show.”
Hublot has called on the expertise of a Swiss specialist as part of an exclusive partnership to develop the transparent material.
Only a few pieces forming the spine of the watch are made from titanium: the screws, the crown, which is over-moulded with silicon, and the deployant buckle. Its skeleton dial, made from transparent resin, reveals all the gears of the movement and its finishes.
Available as a limited edition, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is water-resistant to 50 metres. Prompting us to ask, would you see it down there?
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