Photo Report: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono (live pics)
By Thierry Ané on May 21, 2014
A week before Baselworld 2014, I introduced the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde ChronoWatches: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono to the readers of Watch Agora. Official Watch of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it is also the very first Hublot model equipped with a bi-retrograde function.
It seems that not only does Hublot love football, but also that the brand’s watchmakers were greatly inspired by this sport and came up with a new movement perfectly fitted to keep track of a football match’s time.
Let me remind you briefly of the specificities of this model (if you want to know more, read my previous articleWatches: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono or click on the technical files at the bottom of this page). The upper part of the dial is dedicated to the specially-built chronograph displays organised in an arc of a circle. There, two retrograde chronograph hands keep track of the seconds and minutes since the beginning of the game’s half-time being timed. A small window at 12 o’clock also indicates which part of the match we are currently in: “1st Half”, “Half Time”, “2nd Half” or “End of Match”.
A sub-dial located at 6 o’clock indicates the time of the day by two hands and a seconds disc located at 9 o’clock tells you whether your watch is working or needs rewinding. The watch is animated by the self-winding HUB 1260 calibre with 72 hours of power reserve.
This model sports the new Big Bang Unico 45.5 mm case in Black Ceramic or King Gold depending on the version. Both are enhanced by a nice carbon fibre bezel that creates a beautiful contrast and a nice technical touch. Like the Ferrari models, the Big Bang Unico features the ingenious “One Click” system allowing you to easily change the strap.
Both versions are sold with a textured black rubber strap secured by a black PVD steel folding buckle or a King Gold one. Each folding clasp also features a nice carbon fibre insert. The sapphire exhibition case back bears the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil logo transfer. The Black Ceramic and Carbon Fibre watch retails for US$ 26,200 while the price tag of the King Gold and Carbon Fibre is US$ 42,200.