The Hublot and Maxime Buchi (World-renowned tattoo artist) collaboration takes an interesting direction this year with two staggeringly beautiful Titanium (Limited to 200 pieces) and King Gold (Limited to 100 pieces) Big Bang Sang Bleu II White timepieces. It’s watches like these that have come to symbolise Hublot’s unique, inimitable creative impulse.
The idea here was to go back to the basics and pick a balanced, basic colour scheme that would really bring out the strength of the design. Maxime Buchi reminds its clientele that white is the starting point of all creations: a neutral basis that highlights the artist’s mastering of shape and form. It is here that he creates his geometry in three dimensions, between relief and depth, and where each detail is signed by a master stroke of the talented grapho-typo-tatoogenius.
Bevelled lines, hexagons, rhombuses and triangles, mused after Buchi’s tattooing aesthetic, make for a visually spectacular case. The hexagonal bezel is a refreshing geometric mould accentuates the monumental architecture of the piece, while the alternations in geometric forms, which adorn each of the watch’s spaces, tell the time all the way to its mechanism.
‘Expect the unexpected’ is how I would define the dial of this watch. The dial is clearly inspired by Buchi’s artwork, the design motifs are juxtaposed against the skeletonised matte white dial. It plays with transparency, allowing glimpses of the HUB1240.MXM UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph flyback movement. The chronograph seconds are tracked along a straight hand, whilst the chronograph minutes complete their laps on one of the two discs on the dial. It oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, for a period of 72 hours.
The new Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II White is worn on a white rubber strap with black rolled-edges fitted with the patented One Click system.