Flash News: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Ceramic King Gold

By Thierry Ané on February 4, 2015

You probably all remember the “Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde ChronoPhoto Report: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono (live pics)” that was introduced last year as the “Official Watch for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil” by the extremely football-oriented luxury Swiss brand Hublot?

Presented with live picturesPhoto Report: Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono (live pics) on Watch Agora, this extremely cool watch features the new “Big Bang Unico” case with the ingenious “One Click” system allowing you to easily change the strap and an in-house movement of the “Unico” family.

Last year's versions, Official Watch for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Indeed, the self-winding HUB 1260 Unico calibre that animates this timepiece was entirely developed and produced by the Nyon-based Manufacture with football games in mind. It sports a specially-built chronograph display organised in an arc of a circle with two retrograde chronograph hands to keep track of the seconds and minutes since the beginning of the game’s period being timed. In addition, a window at 12 o’clock indicates which part of the match we are currently in: “1st Half”, “Half Time”, “2nd Half” or “End of Match”.

The watch was available in two different renditions: 200 units in black ceramic with a carbon fibre bezel and another batch of 100 pieces boasting the brand’s very own King Gold (an alloy including 5% of platinum) with the same carbon bezel. Both were mounted on a nicely structured black rubber and secured by Hublot’s very comfortable folding buckles in black PVD titanium or King Gold depending on the model with a beautiful carbon insert.

For the recent visit of Marcello Lippi, an apparently well-known football coach, to the Manufacture, the brand has released some official pictures of a new rendition of this model without more details as to whether this is a unique piece for Mr Lippi or a new limited series of the “Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono”.

The case of this new model is also crafted in King Gold with the same rubber strap as the previous two iterations but this time it is paired with a black ceramic bezel. The dial has lost its green and yellow colours on the bi-retrograde chronograph that were an obvious reference to Brazil. The retrograde hands and 60-minute track are now presented in a less conspicuous red and white combination.

So, no revolution on the new design but just a few changes that make the new Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Ceramic King Gold more discreet, perhaps less football-connoted, and obviously less event-dated. If the watch is indeed a new limited edition for the public, chances are it will catch the eye of a different audience than the previous two versions.

For more information please visit the Hublot web site.

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