Watches: Hublot Big Bang Unico All Black and Carbon (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on January 22, 2014
Unveiled in 2009 in the King Power collection, Hublot’s first in-house movement, the Unico calibre, naturally also found its way into the Big Bang collection in 2013. In order to better showcase this beautifully constructed chronograph with a column-wheel apparent from the dial side however, the brand revamped the iconic Big Bang design to create a new line, simply named Big Bang Unico, that will complete the Big Bang, Classic Fusion, King Power and Masterpieces ranges.
While remaining true to the spirit of the original Big Bang, the 45.5 mm case has been seriously updated to create a resolutely more technical design. The first change you will notice relative to the 2005 Big Bang’s appearance is the presence of round push-buttons for the chronograph, each protected by a guard finished like an engine piston. The look of the screw-down crown has also been updated. To fully reveal the Unico movement, the dial is skeletonized and features more voluminous hour indices and Arabic numerals which are hollowed out and filled with SuperLuminova. The case’s strap attachment has been upgraded with Hublot’s “One click” system, allowing the wearer to easily change straps. Hublot's fans will notice other minor changes in the case design like the 6 H-shaped screws: they are now in relief, allowing the application of alternating finishes.
At last year’s Baselworld, Hublot introduced four versions of this Big Bang Unico: a titanium model and a more precious King Gold version as well as a King Gold and black ceramic and titanium and black ceramic models showcasing a brushed black ceramic bezel that contrasts nicely with the titanium or King Gold of the rest of the case. All models were secured by a newly designed strap made of structured, ribbed natural rubber.
Nobody will be surprised to learn that these great watches grabbed all the attention last year and that they turned out to be bestsellers almost immediately. Building on this well-deserved success, the brand has just unveiled two new iterations of this Big Bang Unico that also draw on two other strong identity codes of the manufacture: the all-black look and the use of carbon fibre.
Hublot invented the all-black look and although many brands have felt the need to include a monochrome timepiece in their catalogue, this manufacture remains unrivalled when it comes to pulling out the perfect black stealth look. It was therefore practically a requirement for the brand to present an all-black version of this new Big Bang Unico at some point. Crafted entirely in black ceramic, the newly introduced All Black will delight the fans of the brand. The openwork dial with black plated indexes filled with black SuperLuminova is absolutely stunning.
Carbon fibre has been a material of choice in watchmaking for a long time now, but few brands (if any) have been able to push its use to the limits Hublot reached. To convince yourself, just think at the complexity of the case of the King Power Oceanographic 4,000 Alinghi that the brand crafted in carbon fibre. With the Big Bang All Carbon and many others, they even offered a total carbon look with both dial and case produced in this interesting material. With carbon fibre so deeply rooted in the brand’s DNA, it was only natural to offer this alternative in the Big Bang Unico line. The carbon fibre model is thus the sixth variant to enter the collection. Its sapphire dial features rhodium-plated indexes with black SuperLuminova and a small carbon fibre insert adorns the folding buckle.
These watches look nice on the official pictures but they are truly stunning in person. I have included some live pictures with some wrist shots that may give you a better idea of their appearance. There is no doubt they will meet the same success as their four predecessors and quite frankly, they deserve it since they feature absolutely everything to win over all Hublot’s fans… and they are many!