15 years in the making, the Big Bang Integral collection made its debut only last year at LVMH Watch Week 2020 in Dubai in three case materials – Titanium, King Gold, and a black ceramic limited edition. It featured the FIRST integrated metal bracelet, with the first link fused with the case. For LVMH Watch Week 2021, Hublot is expanding its Big Bang Integral collection with three new timepieces crafted entirely from high-tech ceramic: White, Navy blue and Grey, all with built-in scratch resistance, durability and hypoallergenic properties.
Based on the all black ceramic limited edition launched last year, ‘The Big Three’ as Hublot calls it, features a monobloc architecture: the 42mm polished and satin finished case, bezel, caseback and bracelet are all crafted from coloured ceramic. A signature material at Hublot, ceramic represents the perfect fusion of hardness and lightness (two to three times harder than steel and 30% lighter). An unparalleled material in perfect harmony with the skin – soft to the touch and a delight to wear thanks to its low thermal conductivity. Just about everything here is made from ceramic except for the bezel lugs and the rubber elements on the crown and pushers.
Refined to the core, the skeletonised dial offers a peek into the movement of the watch. Hublot has gone with Applied indices instead of Arabic Numerals keeping the overall dial layout nice and minimal. The date aperture sits amidst a 60-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock.
The watches are powered by the Unico proprietary manufacture movement in its V2 incarnation, the HUB1280, a modified version of its predecessor, the Unico HUB1242. Changes include the loss of the escapement platform, a thinner automatic winding system with a slimmer 1.3-mm movement, four new patented technical innovations (oscillating seconds clutch, chronograph friction system with ball-bearing adjustment, ratchet retaining system with unidirectional gears and index-assembly fine adjustment system). This updated version of the Unico features a redesigned architecture for easier assembly and more legible functions. As for the bracelet, polished and satin-finished surfaces, and the bevelling and chamfering of the links create the same effect of depth and contrast as between the case and the bezel lug.
Recommended Retail Price (AUD)
$32,200 Australian Dollars