5 minutes on the wrist - The Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent
At Baselworld 2015 Hublot celebrated the 10th anniversary of its flagship watch: the Big Bang. Over the last few years the Swiss manufacturer has released various limited editions of the Big Bang and the latest one, launched at Baselworld 2015, is the result of a partnership between the watchmaker and the Italian label, Italia Independent, which shares with Hublot the same passion for fashion and men's luxury accessories. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is the (first?) outcome of this fine collaboration between these two partners.
Hublot has been one of the first watchmakers to replace the concept of “limited edition” with that of “partnership” (for more information please take a look at our posts about the timepieces produced together with Ferrari). The idea behind this concept is the creation of a completely new masterpiece, which is not a simple chromatic variation of an existing timepiece but rather a completely new model conceived, co-designed and realized with a partner.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent sees the debut of Texalium: a compound of carbon fiber and aluminum that can be made in different colours and provides a glossy finish, which could never be achieved using carbon fiber compound only.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent is equipped with the in-house built Unico caliber featuring a Flyback chrono function and 72 hours of power reserve. Only 500 pieces in blue and 500 pieces in grey will be released. I personally find the blue version the best one of the two and its dial actually reminds me of the King Power Maradona watch. Each timepiece comes in a stylish case also containing a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses which are made in Texalium too. The strap adopts the patented “One Click” quick release mechanism and is made in denim fabric sporting black or grey studs. No retail price information is available at the moment but we will add it to this post as soon as we find out.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Hublot, Horbiter's proprietary photo-shooting)
Gaetano C. @Horbiter - Watches & Luxury