Watches: Hublot Big Bang Zermatt
By Thierry Ané on July 23, 2015
With the sporty “King Power” models that I truly love, the elegant “Classic Fusion” timepieces, the all-purpose “Big Bang Unico” (my personal designation for the new case), the unexpected “Spirit of Big Bang”, the trendy “Big Bang Ferrari” and even the mind-blowing “Masterpieces”, Hublot has plenty of exciting collections to choose from and I must admit that it has been a while since I found myself utterly excited for a standard “Big Bang” model.
Indeed, it seemed to me like the iconic model at the origin of Hublot’s dazzling success had somehow reached the end of its lifespan. Out of curiosity, I browsed Watch Agora’s extensive database of Hublot timepieces and realised I had to go back to May and September 2014 with the Aero Bang Johnnie Walker House and the Big Bang Chukker Bang Tang Polo Club respectively to find creations from this “Big Bang” line I was passionate about!
It is therefore with genuine pleasure that I discovered the two new “Big Bang” models unveiled to celebrate the opening of the brand’s Zermatt boutique. Both models limited to 150 pieces are powered by the self-winding HUB 4100 calibre. This reliable movement stores 42 hours of energy when fully wound and offers a chronograph function in addition to the date and time of the day.
The dial’s layout with the small seconds at 9 o’clock, the chronograph registers at 3 and 6 o’clock and a date window at 4:30 is characteristic of the iconic “Big Bang”. So are the multi-layered construction of the case and the six “H-shaped” functional screws of the bezel. As always, the hours and minutes hands are semi-skeletonized just like those of the three counters and the central chronograph seconds hand ends with the brand’s stylised “H” logo. The folding buckle is as comfortable as always and both models boast a water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.
Just like with every successful “Big Bang” released since the first model was unveiled ten years ago, what makes these two renditions so special is the utterly inspired combination of materials and colours. Once again, the Manufacture’s design team proved their incredible ability to renew themselves while preserving the identity of this legendary “Big Bang” chronograph!
The case of the first version is crafted in luxurious red gold while the second iteration uses the less conventional tungsten. Both are beautifully satin-finished and paired with a black composite case band. A black ceramic bezel brings a nice visual contrast on both models and its hardness ensures the face of the watch is perfectly scratch-resistant. The dial is entirely grey, including the chronograph counters, with a sunray finish and the luminescent material for the hour markers and hands is black creating and extremely refined ensemble.
As such, both watches are truly beautiful with well-balanced colours and materials. But what makes them absolutely stunning is the final touch: the choice of the strap! They both sport a brown calfskin leather strap with beige stitches featuring a suede-like touch. As always, it is sewn onto black rubber for additional comfort and durability. This colour is absolutely perfect with the grey of the dial and either the metallic tone of tungsten or the warmth of red gold. Its refined ruggedness also brings a nice contrast to the sophistication of materials used for the watch.
When you flip either of these two beauties over, you will discover the last exciting feature of these “Big Bang Zermatt”: a 3 cm piece of rope takes pride of place above the movement between two sapphire panes. This is a clever reference to the region of Zermatt and its many tales and legends and of course the “broken rope” related to the drama of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. In any case, these two timepieces are the perfect excuse to visit this new boutique and wear a traditional “Big Bang” again…
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.