Watches: Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on March 13, 2015
It is once again a total pleasure to introduce a new model from Hublot as, like the rest of this brand’s line-up, the new “Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve” is a successful blend of Fine Watchmaking with to-die-for contemporary design!
This 45 mm watch available in Titanium or King Gold is a tricky model to classify though. Indeed, it features the skilfully revamped “Big Bang” case that I have come to call the “Big Bang Unico” case like many other aficionados of the brand.
Somehow more modern than the iconic “Big Bang” frame, it is immediately identifiable thanks to the presence of trapezoid-shaped pushers on the lugs enabling the owner to quickly change the strap. This patented functionality makes Hublot timepieces even more versatile than they were before as you can for instance wear them on a rubber strap if you are doing sport or hitting the pool in the afternoon and with one of the brand’s gorgeous alligator strap in the evening.
But unlike all the other models introduced so far with this “Big Bang Unico” case, the “Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve” does not house a “Unico” movement! I guess this means we will have to start calling it the “New Generation Big Bang” case from now on…
This absence of Hublot’s first in-house flyback chronograph movement does not mean, however, that this new watch is any less interesting from a horological viewpoint. To the contrary, it is the very first “New Generation Big Bang” equipped with a tourbillon movement, skeletonised at that! The manually-wound HUB6016 has also been entirely designed, developed and produced by the brand’s micro-mechanics, engineers, and watchmakers.
The extremely modern construction of this one-minute tourbillon calibre is reinforced by the stylish skeleton work and resolutely modern finishing. The beautiful main plate architecture is further enhanced by the new shape of the tourbillon’s bridge boasting an appealing matte black finish that stands out on the otherwise rhodium-coloured movement parts. A useful power reserve indicator has also been added to the dial so that the owner can quickly and accurately assess how much of the 115 hours of energy this watch can store is left.
Like the rest of the “Big Bang Unico” line (oh sorry, the “New Generation Big Bang” line!), the Titanium and King Gold versions of the “Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve” present the magnificent sapphire dial revealing the exquisite mechanical parts. The gold-plated or silver-coloured (depending on the version) nickel Arabic numerals and index hour markers seem to float above the skeleton movement. They are filled with black Super-LumiNova just like the semi-skeletonised hours and minutes hands.
These beautiful watches come on black alligator straps stitched onto black rubber for comfort and are secured by either a King Gold or Titanium folding buckle. Each version is strictly limited to 99 pieces, adding a touch of exclusivity to the combination of Haute Horlogerie and cutting-edge aesthetic. Once again, the Nyon-based Manufacture delivers stunning examples of its principle of Fusion and leaves the watch lovers with a dilemma: do I prefer the Titanium or King Gold model?
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.