Watches: Hublo Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Paris Saint-Germain
By Thierry Ané on July 24, 2015
When the activity of most manufactures has already slowed down for the summer period, Hublot continues to be at the forefront of watch creativity, releasing one stunning timepiece after another! No later than yesterday, I introduced our readers to the extremely refined Big Bang for the new Zermatt boutiqueWatches: Hublot Big Bang Zermatt featuring an exquisite combination of materials, colours and surface finishes. Today, the Nyon-based manufacture proves us they are equally at ease with another watch genre, namely the sporty timepiece.
As its name implies, the recently unveiled Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Paris Saint-Germain draws its inspiration from the “Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono” model, a technically innovative timekeeper featuring a double retrograde complication for the chronograph as well as the ability to indicate the period of the football (soccer) game currently taking place. These unusual functionalities have been added to the in-house self-winding Unico base movement to create the HUB 1260 family of calibres at the heart of these timepieces.
For some reason, and despite the obvious originality of the “Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono”, I was somehow convinced that the Black Ceramic and King Gold presented in 2014 for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would also be the end of this model. Indeed, as much as I truly enjoy the layout of the dial with the upper part dedicated to the retrograde chronograph and game period indication and the sub-dial at 6 o’clock for the hours and minutes, I felt these complications were too specific to be re-used in another context.
Luckily for Hublot fans lime me, I was wrong! On two levels, actually... First of all, this was forgetting how invested the brand is in the football’s world. I will not review the very long list of “Big Bang” and “King Power” models dedicated to football players or football teams here, but the interested readers can simply browse Watch Agora’s extensive database of Hublot models to realise that “Hublot (really) loves football” and proves it with countless models. It therefore made sense to release other versions of this great “Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono” to honour some of their partners and ambassadors. Earlier this year, the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Ceramic King Gold made its debut for the visit of Marcello Lippi at the Hublot Manufacture and a month later two tributes to the Guangzhou Evergrande FC were introduced: one in Titanium and another in King Gold.
My second mistake was to overlook Hublot’s links to the world of sport in general and the brand’s R&D team’s ability to quickly adapt functions and complications to the needs of the marketing department. With Black Ceramic and King Gold renditions, the "Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Kobe Vino Bryant" unveiled last May show that the HUB 1261 Unico calibre is equally adapted to time a basketball match as it is for football. The burgundy colour and the use of python for the strap also helped present an entirely different side of this versatile model.
This month, Hublot is back to football again with the new Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Paris Saint-Germain released in a limited run of 100 pieces in titanium. No changes to the HUB 1261 Unico movement but a watch featuring the blue colour of this football club with subtle touches of red and white for the dial, strap stitches and chronograph pusher. Apart from the colour scheme, the only reference to the Paris Saint Germain FC is the logo transfer on the crystal sapphire placed on the back of the watch. It is thus discreet enough for anyone to wear it even if you are not a football fan (unlike the King Power Paris Saint-Germain presented in 2014 with the logo on the skeletonized dial). A bit flashy, this metallic blue remains perfect for the summer period and works beautifully with the titanium making this Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Paris Saint-Germain another perfectly accomplished Hublot model…
For more information please visit the Hublot web site.
For a technical description of the timepiece and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Ceramic King Gold
Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Guangzhou Evergrande FC King Gold
Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Guangzhou Evergrande FC Titanium
Hublot Big Bang Zermatt Red Gold
Hublot Big Bang Zermatt Tungsten
Hublot King Power Paris Saint-Germain Black Ceramic